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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000HCO84K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The next solo album from Lindsey Buckingham, renowned for his work as the pop visionary for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band Fleetwood Mac, has been the stuff of legend. That album, his first solo outing since 1992, has finally arrived. Under The Skin, with nearly every track performed and produced by Buckingham and all but two penned by him, proves to be a pop masterpiece well worth the wait.

Since his solo flight from Fleetwood Mac, Lindsay Buckingham has earned the kind of artistic acclaim for his sparse solo work that many peers have tried to achieve over the course of a lifetime. Under the Skin, stripped down to a mostly acoustic base with ethereal vocals and subtle affects, surfaces as if from a deeper soulful realm that is both magically fleeting and somehow permanent. It's a deceptively simple album with its acoustic guitars zinging South American flourishes here, semi-classical guitar figures there, and country-like riffs. Both "Show You How " and "Down on Rodeo"  beg to be adapted to the full rock-pop sound he and his former bandmates created. Buckingham's tempered vocals sound mysterious throughout, given the ambient production scrim he drops over the record's 11 tracks, including a remake of the Stones' "I'm Waiting" and "It Was You," with its suggestive Caribbean flavor and soft, industrial-percussive edge. Strange, alluring, and disarming, it's as if Buckingham can offer only passing personal glimpses into his own life and psyche as a father, husband, lover, iconic pop star, and California songwriter dabbling in but never anchoring himself in one place for too long. This pleasing shadowplay at times borders slightly on the self-conscious, but generally, with the quality of such lovely self-confessional songs like "Cast Away Dreams," Buckingham leaves us willing to follow him any place, wanting more. --Martin Keller

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Hopefully will be on the radio soon and will get many people into the album.
Christopher S. Hayes
And the "Under The Skin" songs, as expected, sounded much better live than on the record (but still were the "un-highlights" of the show.
J. Livio
Created in an intimate and personal style, this album channels a dichotomy of tension and ease in both the music and the lyrics.
John F. Dorman

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Brandon J. Smith VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is different from much of Lindsey Buckingham's work, though the important elements remain: the virtuoso guitar work, the studio experimentation, the raw emotion. What's different is the dreamlike atmosphere that Lindsey creates, focussing primarily on accoutic guitar (there are no "rockers" here), reverb-heavy vocals, and minimal percussion.

Some of these songs ("Down on Rodeo" and "Some's Gotta Change Your Mind") date back to the sessions that Buckingham had with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie around the time of "The Dance" that eventually became the sessions for Fleetwood Mac's "Say You Will" album. Some were written during the tour for that album, and some even more recently ("Shut Us Down" was on the Elizabethtown soundtrack). Yet they all hold together as a cohesive whole because of Buckingham's excellent songwriting, unique guitar and singing styles, and exceptional ability as a producer.

Of particular note are the opening song, "Not Too Late," with its fantastic guitar work and almost-shockingly personal lyrics, the title track, "Under the Skin," and "Down on Rodeo," which I think is arguably the best song on the album. As I write this, though, I feel I could mention any or all of the songs as particularly notable!

As with his previous solo album, "Out of the Cradle," and his songwriting contributions to "Say You Will," Buckingham is approaching the current phase of his career with incredible focus and long-honed skill. This album really is magic, and it's truly a worthy addition to the Buckingham catalog.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Lindsey Buckingham has long been one of my favorite artists, going back twelve years to when my parents would play Fleetwood Mac in the car on vacations. His voice is honest, sometimes even angelic--but never fake. His songwriting and producing talents are among the best in the business, and his guitar picking...hell, don't even get me started on that.

So it's not much of a surprise, then, that UNDER THE SKIN is such a great pop record. It has a classic feel to it, as though these were standard pop tunes being revisited; in fact, all but two were written by Buckingham himself. He plays all instrumentation on all the tracks except two (old partner Mick Fleetwood joins him on two songs, and John McVie on one). The acoustic vibe running beneath these songs is sometimes gentle, sometimes furious. Songs of abandonment fit snugly beside tunes of contentment. There are elements of rock, blues, jazz, even country (I dare anyone to say that "Down on Rodeo" is not a country song).

And still none of this is surprising, is it? Because Buckingham has been doing this for decades. He hasn't perfected his art yet--but that's the beauty of it. As good as he is, he is only getting better. UNDER THE SKIN is a beautiful, intimate pop record that will genuinely move you. Give it a listen, and tell me Lindsey Buckingham isn't one of the best pop musicians around.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Hayes on October 3, 2006
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After the wait after "Out of the Cradle", a personal favorite of mine and well worth looking into for any fans of Lindsey's work, people were left wondering when he'll come out with something again.

Finally he has, with "Under the Skin", and the wait is definitely worth it!

"Under the Skin" is a very intimate experience, but still has those Brian Wilson inspired studio tricks that Lindsey fans know and hope for on a Lindsey album:

1. "Not For You"-Beautiful repeating pattern on acoustic guitar drives this opener.

2. "Show You How"-This one sounds like it could've been off of "Tusk", the rhythm pattern sounds like Lindsey beating on a chair and with somewhat beautifully tortured melody in effect.

3. "Under the Skin"-the title track, warm acoustic sound, intimate vocals and a steady rhythm keep this one going.

4. "I Am Waiting"-this one was an extra track on the Soundstage DVD Lindsey did, similar arrangement, but more of a spacey musical arrangement. As with many songs on this album, very immediate.

5. "It Was You"-another one that could have possibly been on "Tusk", echo vocals and steady rhythm that keeps you hooked.

6. "Try For the Sun"-Lindsey's guitar playing in full effect, showing off yet again his ability to write a catchy melody with intricate guitar work.

7. "Cast Away Dreams"-Dreamy, vocals with a steady guitar strum and instantly catchy. Might surprise some people. His vocals really shine on this one.

8. "Shut Us Down"-Intricate guitar work, and steady vocals, originally appeared on the "Elizabethtown" soundtrack.

9. "Down On Rodeo"-personal favorite on the album, loved this when it first appeared on his Soundstage appearance.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Pate on October 6, 2006
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Who the heck is Lindsey Buckingham and why am I listening to his cd over and over on the same week that Beck released his latest? I'm 32 years old and don't even OWN a Fleetwood Mac record (much less a Lindsey Buckingham album), but I guess it's the extra money I have these days that made me give this cd a try. Of course, I've heard of Lindsey Buckingham; I've just never cared. He has always seemed to me like someone I was supposed to like, but who had never really done anything for my generation so I just ignored him (and Fleetwood Mac). This collection of songs is so good. I was expecting absolutely nothing from this cd and I am finding song after song that not only brims with talent and creativity, but gets better every time I hear it. The only fair thing to do for a cd like this is to go through it, song for song; I don't think it really matters how many "stars" I give each song, but I do think each one deserves to be examined, so here goes:

"Not Too Late" - Obviously, the guitar work here is stunning. I didn't care for the breathy, spoken-word style of the "singing", but it fits the song and it makes the soaring and painful chorus come to life. This is a sad song and somewhat of an odd choice as an album opener, but I like it. I can't say that I'd play it for anybody else, but some of the best music out there isn't stuff that the typical music "consumer" can appreciate. Listening to this song makes me wonder what his voice sounded like before it was weathered by pain, time and use.

"Show You How" - This song is just plain fun. The minimalistic percussion approach to this entire record isn't something I'm used to, but it works here perfectly. Not much guitar here, but this song is literally driven by beautifully layered vocals and that driving rhythm.
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I am SO excited for this...
I'm also very excited for this release. I thought Out of the Cradle was an incredible and under-appreciated album myself.

This new one is going to be great I'm sure. I'm loving that it's going to be an "acoustic" album, I think that will be a cool thing. I have already heard a couple... Read More
Aug 28, 2006 by Chris McLeod |  See all 16 posts
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It actually isn't the same album. Lindsey's unreleased album "Gift of Screws" had a lot of songs that ended up on the Fleetwood Mac album "Say You Will" instead.
"Under the Skin" has some of the same songs as the previous one would have had, but not most of them.
Sep 14, 2006 by M. Wysong |  See all 3 posts
Yes, but is that him singing "Woh, oh, Toyota?"
You're nucking futs!
Nov 1, 2006 by WC Mike |  See all 3 posts
I absolutely agree. And I LOVE what I have heard so far from this album. It's going to be different from the others, but still old school Lindsey. I think he's an absolute genius and am looking forward to this album and seeing him in concert. This has been a really awesome year for album... Read More
Sep 13, 2006 by Nico |  See all 2 posts
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