Picks and Pans Review: Street Angel

updated 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/13/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Stevie Nicks

Her instantly recognizable vibrato and the romantic mysticism of songs like "Rhiannon" and "Sara" helped ensure Fleetwood Mac's status as a supergroup. When Nicks went solo in the early '80s, adoring fans stuck with their reclusive, wistful gypsy of rock, a role she perpetuated with such hits as "Edge of 17." This, her first album since 1989's Other Side of the Mirror, finds Nicks downplaying that role for the first time. The songs continue to be of a confessional nature, but she appears to be less interested in escaping through the looking glass than in clearly seeing the reflection in front of her. Love, loneliness and survival are the recurring themes, with several cuts touching upon her battle with substance abuse; the emphatic rocker "Kick It," in particular, will inspire any rock-and-roll 12-stepper to keep climbing recovery's ladder. There are some flights of fancy to appease die-hard escapists—the oblique "Greta" is an ode to a screen siren—but overall, this is Nicks as persuasive advocate for reality. (Modern/Atlantic).

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