Album Review: Under The Skin by Lindsey Buckingham
Excellent, Based on 2 Critics
AllMusic - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The title track is a gorgeous love song that speaks not to restlessness but to providing comfort for the Beloved's hurt and frustration. Multi-layered acoustic guitars play in harmony, strumming and creating a different kind of glissando effect. Other cuts that stand out are the covers, and "It Was You," that features one of those melodies that came pouring out of his songs with Fleetwood Mac.
Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac's dominant songwriter for 32 years, is a pop genius: his sunny harmonies pull you one way while an undercurrent of anguish tugs you the other. His extra-curricular work has always been intriguing, and this fourth solo album is a small masterpiece of tightly balanced musical contrasts. Buckingham's filigreed melodies echo such heroes of his youth as the Byrds and Donovan; in a voice more echo-drenched and multi-tracked than any since John Lennon's, he tremulously exhales such lines as "My children look away, they don't know what to say," only to burst into the yearning rapture of "It's not too late.