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In The Meantime Review, New Straits Times
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CHRISTINE MCVIE: In The Meantime (Sanctuary)

As the enhancer of the mellow Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie
has earned her lifetime pass in the pop idiom.

In her first solo album in just under a decade, McVie beats a tiresome
and cloying beat that barely crawls, even as she lumbers about with new
pop limbs. She's an exceedingly competent writer, a master of ambling
beats and lullaby guitar strumming.

On In The Meantime, however, she lets the cringe-inducing expressions of
devotion blemish otherwise sturdy frameworks. As declared by the first
five songs, McVie's still rending hearts.

A few songs serve as a reminder of the mystery that once made her solo
efforts so unusual - but mostly they are merely perfunctory love
narratives delivered in prim packages.

Among the album's best songs, Friend and Calumny offer proof that
McVie's tremulous voice and confessional style work best as spice, not the
main entree. There are only glimpses of the dynamism and the earnestness
that were vital to the Fleetwood Mac sound. It's a pity that she didn't
take time out to flesh out the songs more broadly.


Date: 2004-09-19         Number of views: 1375

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