Picks and Pans Review: Christine Mcvie

updated 09/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/2004 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In the Meantime

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McVie's cool alto kept Fleetwood Mac from flying away on Stevie Nicks's broomstick. On her third solo album (but first in 20 years), she still has a polished adult-contemporary sound, though leaning more toward the restraint of her gentle 1975 love song "Over My Head" than the irresistible, President-electing surge of her "Don't Stop." Some tracks are undistinguished. but a few, such as the life-affirming "Northern Star" and an incongruously sweet one about tortured love, "Calumny," sound like Fleetwood Mac at its laid-back best.

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