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Lexington Herald Leader Review Under the Skin

Lindsey Buckingham

Under the Skin

The man who took Fleetwood Mac to the top of the pops three decades ago and then tossed it off the cliff with the brilliant Tusk has long been a devilish disciple of Brian Wilson. But what makes his best music so arresting is a strain of neurotic introspection. Under the Skin is a mostly lean, acoustic affair, but the edginess emerges immediately as Buckingham deconstructs his "visionary" status. The singing is mostly held to a whisper, from the breathy meditation of the album's title tune to the flamenco-spiced unease of Not Too Late. And despite Skin's lightness, Buckingham's sublime guitar-playing struts along as if it's hopped up on caffeine. Big Mac rhythm buddies Mick Fleetwood and John McVie join for the country comfort of Down on Rodeo. Otherwise, this is all Buckingham -- a true pop maestro in state of fascinating, unsettling contemplation.

Date: 2006-10-15         Number of views: 1196

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