Out of the Cradle
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Most fans of Buckingham discuss his virtuoso guitar performance on this CD, but few speak to his overall musicianship...he's one of the few latter day musicians that can walk into the studio and walk out with a complete album all on his own (he gets minor help on three songs). Prince of yesteryear was also one of these types and the similarities between these two brilliant and enigmatic artists is striking. Visionary music while still maintaining "listenability" is truly a gift that both has had over the years (in my opinion) and Buckingham certainly has maintained this on all his solo albums. This one still maintains a freshness and immediacy ten years following it's initial release.
Certainly his guitar performances stand out on this work (I'd say moreso than his previous solo works), but his song structure and production capabilities most impress me on this album. The underlying driving rhythm on songs like "Wrong" and "Countdown" coupled with the layered guitar work (both rhythm and solo) make this CD delightfully different than "Law and Order" and "Go Insane"...and much different than anything that I've heard from Fleetwood Mac (I haven't heard the new album yet,however). These facts further solidify what I've felt for years...that Lindsey truly is THE artistic backbone of Fleetwood Mac and is equally responsible for their remarkable success over the years.Read more ›
This album contains some of Buckingham's most mature and relaxed vocal performances. On most of the songs he eschews the androgynous style of Fleetwood Mac in favour of a more masculine sound, however his choice to perform all his own backing vocals meets with mixed results. On the otherwise excellent Turn It On the warmth of a female voice is conspicuous by its absence. Although in the past Buckingham's lyrics have not always been particularly sophisticated, here he is by turns clever and thoughtful. Wrong is as much of a rebuttal of events described in Mick Fleetwood's autobiography as he will ever give, and Street of Dreams deals tenderly with personal loss.
Overall, this is Lindsey Buckingham at his best. He was able to lavish time and effort producing exactly the album he wanted, rather than fitting it in among his commitments to Fleetwood Mac, resulting in a work of art which he is unlikely to surpass. Unfortunately. (Go on, LB, prove me wrong!)
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Starting in 1975, Fleetwood Mac became something completely different. A magical combination of ingredients that even soared in the 1980s and as an only slightly diminished... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Tai Chi
Lindsey's best solo album, hands down. It's got a fantastic sound, beautifully mixed and produced. Every song is unique, well made, and pushes the boundaries further than the last. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Quinn Lamb
I fell in love with Fleetwood Mac back in 1988 when I purchased their 'Greatest Hits' album after seeing the video for 'As Long As You Follow' on VH1. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Last Son Of Gallifrey
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After listening to some of Lindsey's solo songs. I have concluded that
this guy is just a fantastic writer, singer, and most of all, musician.
It seems to me that most other (mainstream) guitarists just pale by
comparison.His songwriting style is simple but so eloquent and full of
emotion.It may... Read More
Jul 17, 2007 by Mr Toast | See all 3 posts