Picks and Pans Review: Go Insane

updated 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/01/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Lindsey Buckingham

Buckingham—along with his former girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie—provided the composing talent that boosted Fleetwood Mac to such overwhelming success in the '70s. Go Insane, Lindsey's second solo album, is a manifesto of his intent to remain a rock 'n' roll force, even while the group itself seems to be a tabled proposition. The record is studded with power pop gems such as the title cut and I Want You, as well as Slow Dancing and Loving Cup. All of these continue in the tradition of songs that sold 35 million Fleetwood Mac albums after Buckingham joined the group in 1974. (Kind of makes you wonder why Mick Fleetwood has filed for bankruptcy.) Lindsey flies off the handle of mainstream appeal with D. W. Suite, a seven-minute eulogy for Dennis Wilson that mixes Beach Boys-influenced harmonies with elements of prayer and traditional Irish music. There is also Play in the Rain, which closes out one side and continues as the opening cut on the other. An off-the-wall composition, it begins with high-tech surrealism before hitting a funk groove tinged with Indian sitar sounds. Those are, however, the only indications that Buckingham is indeed going off his commercial rocker. (Elektra/Asylum)

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