Under The Skin (U.S. Version)
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Under The Skin (U.S. Version)

October 3, 2006

Song Title
Not Too Late
Show You How
Under The Skin
I Am Waiting
It Was You
To Try For The Sun
Cast Away Dreams
Shut Us Down
Down On Rodeo
Someone's Gotta Change Your Mind
Flying Down Juniper

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Release Date: August 26, 1997
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2006 Reprise Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 44:51
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  • ASIN: B001224QA0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,445 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, intimate pop record 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buckingham does it again...FINALLY! October 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars TRAGICALLY UNTAPPED POTENTIAL..... October 6, 2006
By J. Pate
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
He may be a little strange to some people (ok, maybe more that a little), but that does not detract from his song writing, playing or singing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nick Pusloskie
5.0 out of 5 stars Revitting masterpiece
I can't say enough about this album all I can say if you like Lindsey Buckingham solo than your going to love this revitting masterpiece.
Published 14 months ago by NY Adirondack Man
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gift
This was a gift for a friend. I haven't listened to it, but he said he likes it very much.
Published 15 months ago by carol
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Genius at Work!
Every song in this album is a delight to listen to. Lindsay's virtuoso guitar playing is amazing and he has put together lyrics that compliment them perfectly. Read more
Published on November 25, 2011 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
The Palo Alto kid still has that Northern California sound. I was born and raised around there about the time Fleetwood Mac was rising to fame. Read more
Published on April 20, 2011 by MRMinen
4.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Awesomeness
Those who know Lindsey only from his work with Fleetwood Mac have truly been missing out. This album is a significant departure from the slickly produced 70's pop hits Buckingham... Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Michael K.
1.0 out of 5 stars this is really bad, stay away
1 out of 5 stars. This is really bad, I don't get the five star ratings. I am guessing they would give him 5 stars for anything he does. Read more
Published on March 25, 2010 by music fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
CD arrived in a few days in good condition.
Listened to CD, it sounded fine.
Published on November 8, 2009 by BB
2.0 out of 5 stars Its. OK, I am disappointed !
I expected something less depressing. Don't get me wrong, Lindsey is my favorite guitarist, but I don't like what direction he was taking on this CD.
Published on June 3, 2009 by Axel R. Meier
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly Disappointed
I think I gave this review 3 stars instead of 2 just because I am a big Lindsey fan. I truly enjoy his singing and absolutely love his guitar mastery. Read more
Published on July 8, 2008 by Steakman
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