Release Date: Sep 6, 2011
Record label: Mind Kit Records
Lindsey Buckingham's 2008 Gift of Screws, assembled with some of his Fleetwood Mac compadres, was a shockingly good set from a dude who hardly needed to prove anything. This self-released and -produced LP is a true solo affair. The best moments - the title track, the Rumours-echoing "Rock Away Blind" - show a sweet guitar picker, a haunting high-tenor and an unmistakable melodic touch.
Since resuming his solo recording career with 2006's Under the Skin, songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham has worked steadily but quietly. After the gorgeous Gift of Screws in 2008, he toured briefly and returned to the shadows; but the three years between it and 2011's Seeds We Sow was fraught with change. Buckingham left the major Warner umbrella and created his own label, Mind Kit Records.
Most of Lindsey Buckingham’s career has been a study in contradiction. He was the eccentric, anti-social studio rat who was fascinated by Talking Heads and the Clash. Yet he was the featured guitarist in one of the most mainstream, popular bands in the world. When Buckingham tried to inject his restlessness into Fleetwood Mac on Tusk , the result was a million-selling album that was deemed a commercial failure and brought on the wrath of his bandmates and record company alike.
In a year when longtime Fleetwood Mac mystic (and his former flame) Stevie Nicks released some of her worst songs to date (the underwhelming In Your Dreams), there’s something especially comforting about the ornate fingerpicking that opens Seeds We Sow, Lindsey Buckingham’s sixth solo album. “Had a dream that you reached for me in the night, touched me soft and slow,” he nearly whispers, his paper-light voice shrouded in homespun reverb. “Everything was wrong, but everything was right.” It’s a moment of astounding, nostalgic beauty, alarming in its quiet and even more so in its blinding emotion.
Wild Flag An alliance of hard-nosed female indie rockers who made their names in the 1990s, Wild Flag brings together Carrie Brownstein (rhythm guitar) and Janet Weiss (drums) from Sleater-Kinney, Mary Timony (lead guitar) from Helium and Rebecca Cole (keyboards) from the Minders. They clearly incite one another on Wild Flag’s self-titled debut album (Merge), which bashes joyfully forward, bringing punky conviction to songs with a shaggy psychedelic fringe. The meeting point for the songwriting is in structures that are pushier than Helium’s and less knotty than Sleater-Kinney’s — in other words, closer to the garage and to Patti Smith’s kind of punk.