Sunday, April 08, 2007

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

Decade - 1970's

Label - Reprise
Producer - Ken Caillat, Richard Dashut, Fleetwood Mac
Country - USA

*Double CD - Tracklist available on Amazon.

Fleetwood Mac - Tusk (1979)

Again, the first thing that came to my mind was "easy listening 3mp". I'm getting a bit sick of these albums that are just "ok"! This one had 5 runs through my cd player and still I had trouble coming to grips with it as an album or remembering which song was which.

Ok I shouldn't be too harsh on it, as it's quite enjoyable and most of the songs are pleasant enough. It is far superior to the banality of the previous album I just reviewed. If it was *trying* to be overly eclectic and all over the place, then it certainly succeeded, after all. The problem here is that it's just too obvious there are a few singer/songwriters all being given equal reign, so this is a "band" album in name only.

I haven't yet heard Fleetwood Mac's most famous album, "Rumours", but going by fan and critical reviews, this one is quite a bit different from their usual output and not a fan favourite. With "Tusk" selling only 4 million copies compared to "Rumours" 18 million, it will surely be interesting for me to check out their previous work.

Anyway, expect some solid songs on here, but nothing that really stands out and whacks you over the head with its brilliance. This record was apparently considered quite experimental for Fleetwood Mac at the time due to the attempt to include punk rock and new wave influences by Buckingham. Key word there being "attempt".

Genre - Rock (soft rock)

Score - 7/10

Best Tracks - Over and Over

Recommended? Worth giving a spin


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