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1985 album that is out-of-print domestically. Warner.

1. I Can't Wait
2. Rock a Little (Go Ahead Lily)
3. Sister Honey
4. I Sing for the Things
5. Imperial Hotel
6. Some Becomes Strangers
7. Talk to Me
8. The Nightmare
9. If I Were You
10. No Spoken Word
11. Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 21, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002JL4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Stevie Nicks' "Rock A Little" is a tough one to explain. The first time I listened to this record, I didn't really think it was worth buying. Stevie's voice sounds a bit strained on the album, and you will never have to guess at what decade this collection of tracks comes from. That having been said, the songs on this album come straight from what Stevie was living at the time. She bears her soul on this record, and desperate times are apparent. Stevie sings "that was when the dream took her prisoner/and she knew the dream was over/but the nightmare was not over." A truthful testimony of Stevie's feelings of the business and her state of mind at the time. "she cries to her friend why am I so alone/he says wo baby/this is path you have chosen." The album also contains the top ten hit "Talk to Me" and the hit single "I Can't wait." Rock A Little is now my favorite Stevie album, and I do own all of her solo work. Just give Rock A Little a chance and a little thought, I think you'll like it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm probably biased, because this record was my first exposure to Stevie Nicks ever, but I think it's a great album. Yes, we now know that she was half-wacked outta her gourd on drugs and booze during this time, but that mostly likely served to give her more of an edge. Even Stevie has said that "devestation leads to writing great songs" and while her voice on this CD is not perfect, it's full of intensity. She practically shouts her way through the defiant No Spoken Word and The Nightmare. And Rock A Little and I Sing For The Things sound appropriately weary and heartfelt. There is never a doubt that she is putting everything she's got into singing the songs on this album. This IS an odd album, because at least for a while, Stevie let go of her farie/gypsy/fantasy persona and got herself an attitude....she became Stevie:Warrior Princess. She started wearing all black, teased out her hair, and spun faster and harder than she ever has before or since. If there is a downside to this CD, it's that it now feels dated. It isn't as timeless as her other albums....the music very much sounds and feels like a typical mid-80's production.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
ROCK A LITTLE tends to take a beating from critics as a purely commercial effort--and there is some truth in that statement. But the problem with the album isn't so much Stevie Nicks as it is producer Jimmy Iovine. Iovine did a stunning job of showcasing Nicks' unique talents on her solo debut BELLA DONNA and its follow up THE WILD HEART, but with ROCK A LITTLE he seems unable to find any consistently effective way in which to present her. Consequently, most cuts from this album reek of excessive synthesizer, as if Iovine is trying to bury Nicks under layers of sound. Not surprisingly, it would be the last time he would act as her producer.
That aside, 1985 was not a particularly good year for Stevie Nicks herself, who endured a host of emotional upheavals and began to drift into serious drug use. And it shows a bit in her material. At her best, she can still fuse a series of remarkable images with her half-velvet, half-sandpaper voice--"I Sing For The Things" is a particularly good example and a very fine piece. But few of the selections here have the same memorable combination of voice, lyric, and music that graced her previous work.
But all of this is much less grim than it may sound: even with these problems running against it, ROCK A LITTLE is a solid album, and at its best it shows Stevie Nicks at her best. The opening "I Can't Wait" is a roundhouse punch, "I Sing for the Things" is classic Nicks poetry, "Talk To Me" is a neglected pop classic, and "Has Any One Ever Written Anything For You" may be a bit spotty in lyrics but it has the emotional charge that only Nicks at her best can convey. As for the rest, they aren't bad, they aren't clunkers--they're just not Nicks quite at the top of her form.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eddie VanArsdall on April 11, 2002
Format: Audio CD
We're all entitled to our opinions, but why write off good music as sounding "dated"? Pop music collectors represent all periods in their disc collections--for better or for worse. Music trends seem to change by decade, and if you buy music recorded during any decade by an artist generating radio hits, you know, at least to some extent, what you're getting.
Pop music of any period has traditionally been defined by the culture of the time, as well as by then-current technology. Can you fault Stevie Nicks for experimenting with the sound palette of the time and using it as a backdrop for her songs? Personally, I admire her all the more for it. Experimentation is what makes Stevie an artist. I admire that she hasn't been content to [push] out another "Bella Donna" with each new release. ...I would have become bored with her music and would have stopped buying her recordings long ago.
I see Stevie as being in the class of other artists such as Prince, Neil Young, and Joni Mitchell--artists who have never been content to play it safe. These artists have never stopped experimenting, which I find exciting. They are amazingly versatile and willing to take chances. Yet, no matter what sonic backdrop they have used, their style and individuality always shine through.
On the more upbeat songs of "Rock A Little," Stevie's voice sounds right at home with the hard-driving beats. Yes, in other songs, she sounds weaker, more vulnerable--sometimes in keeping with the meaning of the song, sometimes perhaps because of her personal difficulties. Rather than analyzing each song individually, however, I look at this and other discs as a collection. For me, the success factor is variety of songs and whether the entire collection sustains my interest throughout. This collection succeeds on both levels.
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