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Albums Of The Week: Lindsey Buckingham | Lindsey Buckingham

You can take the singer-guitarist out of Fleetwood Mac, but … you know the rest.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Lindsey Buckingham’s self-titled album is his first solo release since 2011’s Seeds We Sow and follows his departure from Fleetwood Mac. As with the seven studio and three live albums he has released as a solo artist (beginning with 1981’s Law and Order), the new project showcases Buckingham’s instinct for melody and his singular fingerpicking guitar style, reaffirming his status as one of the most inventive and electrifying musicians of his generation. It was written, produced and recorded by Buckingham at his home studio in Los Angeles.

The new album is a welcome display of Buckingham’s instantly recognizable guitar work and vocal layering, particularly on songs such as Power Down, Scream and Swan Song. Elsewhere, Buckingham pays homage to ‘60s folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers’ hit single Time, a song he’s admired since he was as a teenager and has long intended to cover. “I wanted to make a pop album, but I also wanted to make stops along the way with songs that resemble art more than pop,” he says. “As you age, hopefully you keep getting a little more grounded in the craft of what you’re doing. For me, getting older has probably helped to reinforce the innocence and the idealism that hopefully was always there.”

As for the first single I Don’t Mind, Buckingham says: “I Don’t Mind, like many of the songs on my new album, is about the challenges couples face in long-term relationships. Over time, two people inevitably find the need to augment their initial dynamic with one of flexibility, an acceptance of each others’ flaws and a willingness to continually work on issues; it is the essence of a good long term relationship. This song celebrates that spirit and discipline.”

Over the last four decades, Buckingham has developed a radical sense of experimentation and an unrivaled savvy as a producer. He first honed these skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer and the musical visionary of Fleetwood Mac, for which he wrote and produced several Top 10 hits, including Go Your Own Way, Tusk and Big Love. Under Buckingham’s direction, Fleetwood Mac became one of the best-selling and most beloved rock groups of all time. As a solo artist, Buckingham often plays nearly every instrument himself; his complex arrangements and inventive production choices make his solo work thrilling to experience. Earlier this year, he appeared on Caution, the newest single from the Killers. He remains a highly sought-after collaborator, a maverick and a visionary.”