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Though Lindsey Buckingham is best known for the straight-forward mainstream pop of ‘70s Fleetwood Mac, his solo work has embellished those natural, flowing hooks with obsessive, experimental studio activities that here, on his first solo album in nearly 15 years, come forth in playful weirdness. How to explain the manic cell-division madness of his cover of Donovan’s “To Try for the Sun”? Or his modern day psychedelic shake-up of the Rolling Stones’ “I Am Waiting”? Lock Buckingham in his room long enough and he goes simply bonkers. He jumpcuts his rhythms with a hasty hand, whispers his vocals in unison until they sound like a hushed army marching and fingerpicks his guitar as if he were racing the devil to the finish line. Unlike Fleetwood Mac, this isn’t for everyone. (Think fans of Tusk, not Rumours.) Those willing to depart from familiar ground are rewarded with the otherwordly cadences of “Cast Away Dreams,” the hushed ramble of “Shut Us Down,” where putting the cart before the horse, Buckingham seems to be approximating the late Elliot Smith (!). High weirdness, with an emphasis on both words.

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oh please

I think the one star raters are a little harsh. Maybe you've been listening to a little too much timberlake, spears, jz or something. Each song is very melodic and quite beautiful, and some are a little; GASP! odd. Oh no! I better give it one star because it doesn't rehash his old stuff. Jesus, expand your horizon.

For open-minded listeners ONLY--this is NOT Fleetwood Mac

All those who complain that Under the Skin sounds nothing like Fleetwood Mac are, whether they realize it or not, paying Mr. Buckingham a huge compliment. He has worked hard for his entire career to escape the glamour of Rumours--look at Tusk, its follow-up, for example. That said, this album is not for anyone who doesn't want to give it a fair shot. It needs to be listened to thoroughly more than once, and it needs to be given an open mind. A careful listener will hear the personal lyrics and tender guitar. If you are looking for nostalgia, listen to Rumours. If you want to hear something as good as Rumours, but not Rumours, buy his other solo album, Out of the Cradle. If you want something fresh, new, and exceptionally heart-felt, unlike any album you've ever heard before, Under the Skin is the album for you. It has everything: the flawless Down on Rodeo, the quirky Show You How, the drenched-in-emotion Shut Us Down, and even a Rolling Stones cover. His guitar playing is impressive here (to say the least) WITHOUT any screaming guitar--strictly subtle talent on this album. And his voice is NOT gone, as some have been saying. He sings as excellently and beautifully in some songs as he ever did before, and in others he uses a raspy whisper--it's all to suit his mood. True, this is no Rumours. It's better than Rumours, because it's daring, fresh, and new. Don't be fooled my closed-minded listeners who just want to hear Fleetwood Mac. And, oh yeah, anyone who thinks Stevie is the heart of the band (as some reviewers have said) should go purchase some pre-1975 albums and hear that they always had a great spirit and sound, to which Stevie contributed nothing. One last thing, compare this to Stevie Nicks' Rock A Little--THEN you'll see in whom the "spirit" of Fleetwood Mac lies. And it's not Stevie!

UNDER THE SKIN comes straight from the heart

...Hypnotic, acoustic, pure and true. Lindsey Buckingham offers us another fine collection of impossible harmonies, vocal textures and distinctive melodies that recall what music-making was like before cynicism and playlist radio. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood join Lindsey on a couple of tracks, including a live take of "Go Your Own Way". "I Am Waiting" is a gorgeous rendition of the Richards/Jagger tune.


Born: October 3, 1949 in Palo Alto, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Before he joined Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey Buckingham was sketching out his brand of Brian Wilson-influenced pop with Stevie Nicks in the folky duo Buckingham Nicks. Mick Fleetwood invited the duo to join his band in late 1974. After Buckingham joined, the band's pop tendencies flowered under his direction. Not only did he provide the group with some brilliant, surprisingly dark pop songs, he sharpened the other members' songs with his production, arrangements, and breathtaking guitar playing. Buckingham...
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Under the Skin (Bonus Track Version), Lindsey Buckingham
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Aug 26, 1997

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