Picks and Pans Review: The Wild Heart

updated 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/15/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Stevie Nicks

Full of verve and at times as exuberant as a Rolling Stones rouser, this is an altogether splendid album. Even if her vibrato at times lapses into what sounds like a cross between Eartha Kitt and Charles Aznavour, Nicks is a captivating singer, with a sense of rhythm that is like a magnetic force, pulling a listener into a song. She writes interesting tunes, too, even if they are a little on the oblique side: Nightbird includes the lines "And so the winter is really here now/ And the blankets that I love/ I am surrounded sometimes/ By too much love." Stevie's second solo album also includes I Will Run to You, recorded with arid essentially starring Tom Petty, and a lush change of pace, Beauty and the Beast, obviously inspired by the Cocteau film version of the old fairy tale. This is one of those rare albums that blend musical intelligence with passion.

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