I’ve been listening to a lot of Fleetwood Mac recently, in particular, their album Rumors. It’s a stunning album, carefully crafted in every way and one of the most complete sounding and satisfying records I’ve ever heard. It is a masterpiece of music making, from the songwriting, the performance and the production. And Stevie Nicks’s voice, wow!
I’ve always enjoyed the music on this album, who couldn’t? But having seen a documentary about the band recently, I haven’t been able to listen to it quite the same…
I still get the same enjoyment and satisfaction out of the music, but it now perplexes me a little bit. It’s like the music is just a veneer to cover up what’s really going on. Rumors is like one of the World War two battle ships, camouflaged with crazy paint schemes to distort the gaze of an enemy from the fact that it is indeed a fighting battle ship with guns and soldiers, ready to attack. The wonderful melodies and beautiful harmonies all act as a smoke screen, to divert attention away from the raging battle happening between Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. And it worked, until I watched the documentary, now I find myself caught up in the storm of anger and hurt. No longer a consumer of pop music, I’m dragged into an arena, watching two people very subtly rip each other apart and tear each other down.
I have some thoughts about the contrast on this album, I’ll work them out over at www.hunterofbeauty.co.uk, but for now, here are two tracks to listen carefully to.