Corpus Christi Caller Times - Under the Skin Interview
Guitar heroes Buckingham, Frampton grow on new CDs
November 9, 2006
The respective career highlights of Peter Frampton and Lindsey Buckingham may be in your music collection.
Frampton hit the watermark with his "Frampton Comes Alive" (1976), one of the most celebrated live albums of all time.
Buckingham pulled a difficult, soap-opera type balancing act. The guitarist weathered romantic disdain with bandmate and former girlfriend Stevie Nicks, but still created pristine pop hooks as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Their "Rumours" album from 1977 managed to tunefully (and dramatically) display the unraveling romantic relationships of each band member over the LP's emotional song cycle.
When gifted with spectacular, platinum-plated success, musicians either do more of the same or go in a completely different direction. And Frampton and Buckingham haven't betrayed their guitar hero personas, evidenced on new releases that defy their age and challenge you to listen with a different set of expectations.
"Fingerprints" (New Door Records) by Peter Frampton offers both traditional, soothing familiarity juxtaposed with some jarring, amp-rattling moments. But that's what being a guitar hero is all about for Frampton, careening from the blissful instrumental soundscapes such as "Float" and "Smoky" to the antiseptic grunge of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun." Even Rolling Stones Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman drop by, letting Frampton take the lead on a Stonesy blues workout called "Cornerstone."
Air-guitarists (and real ones) will appreciate the interplay between the disc's power chords and the intricate guitar lines that make up Fingerprints' lasting impression.
"Under the Skin" (Warner Brothers) by Lindsey Buckingham is a finely textured, layered record that features his signature fingerpicking, some neurotic lyrical themes which his solo work has been known for, all topped by his hushed, subdued vocals.
"Skin" is a record that takes time to absorb, and admittedly, one must like Buckingham to like the record. But his desperation, palpable on "Not Too Late" along with his testy "I Am Waiting" work together to make "Skin" a quietly stellar achievement.
It's also further proof that Buckingham remains one of rock's true authors who, as his most well-known Fleetwood Mac song attests, has always gone his own way.
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