Picks and Pans Review: I'm Not Me
updated 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/24/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT
It's hardly as innovative as Fleetwood's first solo album, 1981's The Visitor, which blended modern African sounds with rock, but this is an engaging package of pop songs. Fleetwood recorded it with a group he says will stay together—its current name is Mick Fleetwood's Zoo—and exist simultaneously with Fleetwood Mac. The band is built around Fleetwood's drumming, guitarists Steve Ross and Billy Burnette, and bassist George Hawkins. Burnette, Hawkins and Ross take turns at lead vocals, with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie on backups. (The band was first formed to play behind Buckingham when he appeared on Saturday Night Live.) Fleetwood himself doesn't sing; on one track, he doesn't even set stick to drum. As a drummer, he's much more a team player, anyway. He seems content to keep things moving without stopping the world for thundering solos. Some material on this LP seems unfinished, opening with catchy riffs that don't lead anywhere. But there are listenable versions of the Beach Boys tune Angel Come Home, sung by Burnette, Ross' version of his own song I Give, and Annie McLoone's Tonight, sung by Hawkins. Burnette also takes the lead on a carefree, rock 'n' roll track, Tear It Up, written in 1956 by his father and uncle, Dorsey and Johnny Burnette, and Paul Burlison. It's all undemanding fun, perfect music to drive down the freeway by.