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Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie:
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie
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||Lindsey Buckingham, Mitchell Froom, Mark Needham
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 Sleeping Around the Corner [lead vocals: Buckingham] (L.Buckingham) - 3:48
 Feel About You [lead vocals: C. McVie] (Ch.McVie/L.Buckingham/M.Needham) - 3:28
 In My World [lead vocals: Buckingham] (L.Buckingham/M.Froom) - 4:25
 Red Sun [lead vocals: C. McVie] (Ch.McVie/L.Buckingham/M.Needham) - 3:15
 Love Is Here to Stay [lead vocals: Buckingham] (L.Buckingham) - 4:25
 Too Far Gone [lead vocals: C. McVie] (Ch.McVie/L.Buckingham/M.Needham) - 3:21
 Lay Down for Free [lead vocals: Buckingham] (L.Buckingham/M.Froom) - 3:56
 Game of Pretend [lead vocals: C. McVie] (Ch.McVie/L.Buckingham/M.Needham) - 4:34
 On with the Show [lead vocals: Buckingham] (L.Buckingham/M.Froom) - 3:47
 Carnival Begin [lead vocals: C. McVie] (Ch.McVie/L.Buckingham/M.Needham) - 4:40
Lindsey Buckingham - Guitars, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Engineer, Producer
Christine McVie - Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Rhodes, Vocals
Mick Fleetwood - drums, percussion
John McVie - Bass Guitar, Producer
Mitchell Froom - Keyboards, Producer
Mark Needham - Engineer, Mixing, Producer, Co-Producer on [2,4,6,8,20]
David Boucher - Engineer
Ben O'Neil - Engineer
Stephen Marcussen - Mastering
Stewart Whitmore - Mastering
Jeri Heiden - Design
John Russo - Photography
Irving Azoff - Management
Blain Clausen - Management
Adam Flick - Management
Carl Stubner - Management
Martin Wyatt - Management
Todd Bozick - Project Manager
CD 2017 Atlantic / East West / Rhino 9029582831
LP 2017East West / Rhino 9029582830
Recorded between 2014-2017 at The Village Recorder.
Well, here's an album nobody thought would happen – the first-ever
collabo from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. It's full of
surprises, considering we've all spent years already listening in on
both their private worlds. But these two Fleetwood Mac legends have
their own kinky chemistry. When McVie jumped back in the game for the
Mac's last tour, the songbird regained her hunger to write. And
Buckingham remains one of the all-time great rock & roll crackpots,
from his obsessively precise guitar to his seething vocals. They bring
out something impressively nasty in each other, trading off songs in the
mode of 1982's Mirage – California sunshine on the surface, but with a
heart of darkness.
So we've made it to the second paragraph of this review without
mentioning any other members of Fleetwood Mac. That's an achievement,
right? We should feel good about that. So now let's discuss how weird it
feels that a certain pair of platform boots was not twirling on the
studio floor while this album was being made. Stevie Nicks is the
unspoken presence on this album, the lightning you can hear not
striking. There's something strange about hearing Lindsey and Christine
team up without her, but that just enhances the album's strange impact.
This would have been the next Mac album, except Stevie didn't want in.
It sounds like that might have fired up her Mac-mates' competitive edge –
but for whatever reason, these are the toughest songs Buckingham or
McVie have sung in years.
"In My World" is the treasure here – Lindsey digs into his favorite
topic, demented love, murmuring a thorny melody and reprising the
male/female sex grunts from "Big Love." In gems like "Sleeping Around
the Corner" and the finger-picking "Love Is Here to Stay," he's on top
of his game, with all the negative mojo he displayed in Tusk or his solo
classic Go Insane. McVie is usually the optimistic one, but she seizes
the opportunity to go dark in "Red Sun." And what a rhythm section –
Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, cooking up the instantly recognizable
groove no other band has found a way to duplicate. Everything about this
album is a little off-kilter, right down to the way the title echoes
the pre-Mac Buckingham Nicks. But if this had turned out to be a proper
Fleetwood Mac reunion album, that would've felt like a happy ending –
and who wants happy endings from these guys? Instead, it's another
memorable chapter in rock's longest-running soap opera, with both
Lindsey and Christine thriving on the dysfunctional vibes.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Rob Sheffield - June 8, 2017
© Rolling Stone 2017
Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2013 after a 16-year absence.
In the aftermath, the classic Rumours quintet - McVie, Lindsey
Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood - were readying
the ground to record for the first time since 1987. Nicks, however,
despite public affirmations that she was on board, bailed to pursue her
solo work, creating the kind of melodrama that has made Fleetwood Mac
one of pop's most dysfunctional outfits. Buckingham and McVie had
already written songs for the band project - together and separately -
and decided to complete the record anyway with the rhythm section.
Four-fifths of Fleetwood Mac albums have appeared before to very mixed
results. While this set falls prey to that a bit given Nicks' absence,
the end result remains quite positive and, with more time, this version
of the band could continue with great success.
The set commences with three absolute knockouts. Buckingham's opener
"Sleeping Around the Corner" first appeared as a bonus track on his
Seeds We Sow, but this rework is better; it's steeped in the melodic
signature he's so effectively employed with Fleetwood Mac as traces of
early rock harmonies are wed to slightly wonky rhythm and keyboard
charts, joined to a killer new bridge and refrain. It's followed by
"Feel About You," one of the pair's three co-writes. Framed by a marimba
and John McVie's bassline, its Caribbean flavor is offset by a doo
wop-esque lyric line behind Christine's breezy vocal - that still offers
more than a hint of ache in its grain. Buckingham's "In My World"
combines Tusk's production flare with the breathy call-and-response
vocal moans from Tango in the Night's "Big Love." The glorious
sun-kissed pop of McVie's "Red Sun" is gorgeously crafted. It contains a
stacked vocal hook that makes us forget about Nicks altogether.
Buckingham's "Love Is Here to Stay" sounds more like something off one
of his solo albums, but it's a gorgeous song and the interplay of voices
in the backdrop embraces the whole band. The jointly composed "Too Far
Gone" is a funky, love-it-or-hate-it track. Its big funky riff stands at
odds with McVie's vocal. But more than this, it contains Buckingham's
maddening trademark production excess that employs big tribal drum
breakdowns that disrupt everything. Likewise, McVie's "Game of Pretend"
is a syrupy and uncharacteristically clumsy ballad that drags on far
longer than it should and feels like filler. Her closer, "Carnival
Begins," is far more successful. It's mercurial, dreamy, and actually
recalls the Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac that delivered "Mystified."
Buckingham's screaming guitar break at the end, however, reconciles it
to the band's current sonic sphere. While Lindsey Buckingham/Christine
McVie isn't perfect - and it was smart not to bill this effort as a
Fleetwood Mac record - it's far better than expected, and indeed, they
should have made it happen long ago. While you can never tell what might
happen with this crew, one can only hope that this pair teams up again
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Thom Jurek - All Music Guide
Fleetwood Mac’s last masterpiece, Tango in the Night, relied heavily on
Buckingham/McVie compositions, with the group’s third great songwriter,
Stevie Nicks, generally absent. Now that McVie and Buckingham are back
together in the touring Mac band for the first time since 1997, they’ve
reunited in the studio for this succinct collection of gentle
pop-rockers, familiar yet far more strange and beautiful than 2013’s
brittle Fleetwood Mac EP. Buckingham’s spidery guitar shivers through
Love Is Here to Stay and slays the solo on Carnival Begin, while McVie’s
undimmed gift for melody illuminates every song.
Rating: 5 / 5
Damien Morris - 11 June 2017
© 2017 Guardian News and Media Limited
While Fleetwood Mac has maintained its reputation over the years as a
bona fide live legacy act, getting all five members into the studio has
proven elusive. You’d have to go back three decades to 1987’s Tango In
the Night to hear a recording that features Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie
Nicks, Christine and John McVie and patriarchal drummer Mick Fleetwood
all contributing as usual.
Nicks and Buckingham checked out during a couple of abysmal ’90s
records, before the original members reunited for 1997’s live comeback
The Dance. Christine McVie left the next year, contributing to only two
tracks on 2003’s Say You Will, and settling down in the English
countryside for the next decade. Her return in 2014 and, more
importantly, her renewed love for the band she’d joined in 1970, brought
on hopes of another studio comeback for the Mac. Instead, Nicks opted
to release a solo record and tour without her bandmates. What fans
didn’t know was that the seeds for what would become Lindsey Buckingham
and Christine McVie had already been planted.
The new record is being touted as a duet between McVie and Buckingham,
even though the rhythm section (or as Buckingham accurately states in
the album’s accompanying 17-minute documentary, “the greatest rhythm
section there is”) is made up of none other than John McVie and Mick
Fleetwood. Their tightly wound rhythms are almost as recognizable as the
record’s namesake harmonies, and the album is all the better for it.
This collection could easily be viewed as a proper Fleetwood Mac record
(at least as Mac as anything they’ve done post-Tango), but it sounds
like the two songwriters are liberated by not having the heavy baggage
of that name around their necks. Sure, the light and hooky “Feel About
You” and “Lay Down For Free” sound like they could have been yanked from
Tango or Mirage (how could they not with all the Mac DNA floating
around the room?), but songs like “In My World” and “Love Is Here To
Stay” tap into Buckingham’s more brooding and introspective solo
And that’s where McVie’s contributions here—whether songwriting or
vocal—really come into play. For one, no one sings like her—no one—and
her lead vocals and harmonies bring a distinctive light to the album.
McVie’s piano-driven “Game of Pretend” comes from the “Songbird”
songbook, and her lead vocal on “Red Sun” is as soothing as a 70-degree
afternoon. Her return to music is welcome; and for those who get swept
up in the Buckingham-Nicks storyline, this record shines a light on the
sometimes-unsung songwriter McVie.
In fact, this—what is essentially a Fleetwood Mac joint—probably won’t
leave many listeners pining for Nicks’ contributions. That’s no slight
on the witchy songstress, but a testament to how incredibly potent each
of the three songwriters’ contributions has been over the past 42 years
(1979’s Tusk was essentially three solo records trapped inside one
coke-fueled double LP). Lyrically, Buckingham-McVie isn’t nearly as
caustic or wistful as the band’s ’70s material, but the songcraft is
still there all these years later. And this is one hell of a
coming-out-of-retirement party for Christine McVie.
Mark Lore - June 9, 2017
© 2017 PasteMagazine.com
Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie (also referred to as simply
Buckingham/McVie) is a studio album by Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey
Buckingham and Christine McVie, released on June 9, 2017. Four of the
five members of Fleetwood Mac are featured in the album, with
contributions from drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie.
Vocalist Stevie Nicks is the sole member absent in the album. The album
sold over 22,000 units in the US in its first week and debuted within
the top 20. It proved to be even more successful in the UK, where it
debuted within the top 5.
On March 24, 2017, McVie announced the duo's album would be released on
June 9, 2017. McVie also stated the album would be available for
purchase on "iTunes and vinyl – it will be available everywhere". "In My
World" was also released as a single on April 14 through streaming and
digital services. While the single failed to make the UK Top 100, it did
reach #86 on the sales chart. Both the album's second and third single,
"Red Sun" and "Feel About You", have also received modest airplay.
On April 11, a 14-date North American tour was announced. The setlist
includes eight of the album's ten tracks, as well as a couple Buckingham
solo cuts. Their performance in Woodinville, Washington will take place
just three days after Fleetwood Mac's joint performance with Earth,
Wind & Fire and Journey at Classic West. They will tour alongside
alternative rock band The Wallflowers for select dates. "In My World"
was also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Some
additional North American shows have also been added in August,
including one in Los Angeles and another in New York City. The band also
announced a second North American leg beginning in October, which will
include 22 shows. More tour dates may be added, including a possible leg
At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to
reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a score of 72,
based on 20 reviews. Thom Jurek of AllMusic singled out the first three
songs as "absolute knockouts". He labeled "Red Sun", Love Is Here to
Stay", and "Carnival Begin" as the other standouts.
The album debuted at No. 17 on Billboard 200 with 23,000 equivalent
album units, 22,000 of which were in traditional album sales. The chart
ranking is higher than either of the two artists' solo projects. UK
sales racked up over 19,000 units, which was enough to vault the album
to the #5 spot.
Gut Ding will Weile haben: Mehr als vierzig Jahre sind LINDSEY
BUCKINGHAM und CHRISTINE McVIE ein Team bei Fleetwood Mac, nun haben sie
sich zum ersten Mal zu zweit zusammengetan, um ein gemeinsames Album m
also Duo aufzunehmen!
Die intensivere Zusammenarbeit im Duo begann vor etwa drei Jahren, als
McVIE für die On With The Show-Tour zu Fleetwood Mac zurückkehrte. Schon
vor den Probesessions für die Tour waren BUCKINGHAM und McVIE ins
Studio gegangen, um neues Material aufzunehmen, und prompt hatte die
kreative Chemie zwischen beiden wieder eingesetzt. Die Sessions zu dem
Album fanden in den The Village Studios in Los Angeles statt, wo
Fleetwood Mac übrigens auch einige ihrer Klassiker, etwa Tusk,
aufgenommen haben. Bei den Aufnahmen wurden McVIE und BUCKINGHAM von
ihren Bandkollegen Mick Fleetwood und John McVie unterstützt, die viel
zur dynamischen „Rhythmusmaschine“ beigetragen haben.
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