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Say You Will Review (Time Out Magazine)

It would be nice to think that one day Mick Fleetwood and John McVie will inviteoriginal members Jeremy Spencer and Peter Green to one of their many band reunions. It would certainly produce something more intriguing than 'Say You Will', which sees the ever-reliable rhythm section joined once again by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, the pair who steered the band through its most creatively and commercially successful period the late 1970s. The other key figure from that time, Christine McVie, decided not to bother, and heaven knows how long this album would have been if she hadn't. Already it clocks in at 18 tracks and 76 minutes, with songwriters Buckingham and Nicks evidently unable orunwilling to separate the wheat from the chaff. The problem is that at this length, the pair's most irritating tics are magnified Buckingham's interminable, gurning guitar solos; and Nicks' weaker songs' habit of drifting by without registering.

Still, there are some flashes of the old creative peaks, with Nicks' material generally standing out.

'Smile At You' (exhumed from 1976) and 'Destiny Rules' prove that her voice haslost none of its gravelly charm, while 'Illume (9-11)' is a decent stab at a response song, with a helpful subtitle so we know what Stevie's responding to. As for Buckingham, there's nothing here that approaches his underrated work on 'Tusk' (FM's 'Rumours' follow-up), but 'Say Goodbye' would have made a better finale for the album than Nicks' weedy 'Goodbye Baby'. Overall you can't escape the feeling that 'Say You Will' is two average solo albums cobbled together, with you-know-who on drums and bass. Tom Howard

Date: 2003-04-23         Number of views: 1084

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