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The Republican, 10-8-06

Lindsey Buckingham, "Under The Skin (Reprise). 3 (Three) stars

A couple of quick facts about Lindsey Buckingham, who's generally best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac: He's one of the most underrated guitar players on the planet.

He released one of the most incredible solo albums of the past 25 years in 1992 with the simply spellbinding "Out of the Cradle." If you don't have it, track it down immediately.

It's that good.

Now Buckingham is back with his third solo album and his first since that 1992 masterpiece. His percussive, finger-style guitar artistry is on display throughout "Under the Skin," and that in itself offers plenty of reason to be thankful.

Still, based on the almost impossibly high standards he's set for himself in the past, this isn't Buckingham's best. The songwriting is good, but not great, though there are a few moments that come close to matching his finest work in the past. The title track is at once mysterious and richly atmospheric, the nearly country-flavored "Down on the Rodeo," is a definite keeper while "Juniper," offers one of the singer's prettiest melodies.

The problem though is mostly with the production. The vocals are too often buried in echo and the layers of backing vocals get to be too much after awhile. Some of those aspects have always been ingredients in Buckingham's past work, they just seem overdone on "Under the Skin." Still, even when Buckingham's not as his absolute best he's still more interesting to listen to than the vast majority of his contemporaries.

Date: 2006-10-08         Number of views: 1252

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