Picks and Pans Review: Law and Order
Buckingham, for better or worse, heightened Fleetwood Mac's 1979 Tusk LP into a daring statement that broke the group's stretched-thin pop-rock mold. On this first solo album, he sings every track and does all the backing up too, except for drum (Mick Fleetwood) and bass on one song and vocal harmony on two others. Like Tusk, this album reveals Buckingham to be a one-of-a-kind performer with a staggering array of voices. His harmonies are notably consistent from track to track—he's a one-man Beach Boys. The rhythms range from the jungle-pop antics of Bwana to the slashing rock of Mary Lee Jones. Buckingham also does three standards, including the Anderson/Weill classic September Song, but his imprint makes each sound fresh, and his overlapping guitars are especially effective. This may not be as commercial a venture for Buckingham as Bella Donna was for his Fleetwood crony Stevie Nicks. But that's because this album's brilliance lies in the hard-to-assimilate synthesis of so many pop idioms.
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