Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham by Lindsey Buckingham
Great, Based on 3 Critics
The Line of Best Fit - 80 Based on rating 8/10
Affairs, tragedy, and personal demons to which much of the outfit's most celebrated work owes its very existence. With the dust not quite settled on the war of words, Lindsey Buckingham 's recurring solo guise is a reminder of the individual component parts and unique chemistry that crystallised the post-1975 incarnation's success. Buckingham's creative clarity was previously independently on show with Seeds We Sow back in 2011, isolated from the collective drama but bearing the personal angst and raw musicianship that had been at its most candid, in a group context, on Tusk.
In the blissful exile of the recording studio, Lindsey Buckingham dreams of a dozen music boxes tinkling beautifully in various keys without cease. His melodies yield to other singers with extreme reluctance; they and he need coaxing out of their often truculent self-reliance. Yet for three decades fans could count on Buckingham donating tunes to Fleetwood Mac from a mysterious solo album he was tinkering with on the side, or to release this album himself, confident he'd gotten the bug out of his system.
Fired by Fleetwood Mac in 2017 - purportedly over a disagreement with his erstwhile romantic muse and musical collaborator Stevie Nicks over how the band should open their live shows - Lindsay Buckingham is now 71 and has channelled his energies into completing this new project, his first solo foray since 2011. Taking a one-man-band approach to the record, perhaps reflected in its self-titling, Buckingham has crafted a solid rather than seismic affair whose highpoints range from the driving opener Scream - which evinces the same clenched energy as his iconic Mac song Go You Own Way - to jangly guitar pop (I Don't Mind) and chugging rock'n'roll (On The Wrong Side). Listen out, too, for a warmly harmonised cover of US folk group the Pozo-Seco Singers' 1966 hit Time.