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The Australian (3.5 stars) for Under the Skin
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The Australian 10/28/06

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LINDSEY Buckingham's fourth solo album bears a sticker with the legend: ``The first album in 10 years from one of rock's great visionaries.'' Although it has actually been 14 years (the magnificent Out of the Cradle was released in 1992), this is clever marketing because the opening track, Not Too Low, begins: ``Reading the paper, saw a review/ Said I was a visionary, but nobody knew.'' So from the outset Buckingham is straight with us about whether he is even entitled to a solo career. He is a man constantly drawn back to the hand that feeds him, the behemoth Fleetwood Mac. But his guitar-driven solo outpourings have tended to come from a higher, more inventive plane, with a consistent character across all four discs. They incorporate all that makes Fleetwood Mac great and add the ``vision thing'' in sparkling and unexpected diversions: 30 or so interweaving, all-Buckingham vocal parts on It was You, and gorgeous classical guitar passages scattered throughout. No girls, no pianos. Just the kind of music the Big Mac might have made if Buckingham had his way more often.

Ian Cuthbertson


Date: 2006-10-28         Number of views: 1258

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