Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, June 9 2017

REVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie

Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVieAlbum review: Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie is an engaging side project for Fleetwood Mac members.

Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie
Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
Atlantic
***1/2 (Three and a half stars)

The sessions that eventually spawned this album might well have heralded the return of Fleetwood Mac – indeed, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie contribute throughout here – but when Stevie Nicks stalled on her involvement, the songs instead became an engaging side project for Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

The mood throughout is part sun-dappled Californian sunshine and part crisp English winter, and McVie – who by her own admission turned her back on music for much of her 16-year break from touring and recording – is the undoubted star.

“Carnival Begin,” which closes the album, finds McVie brooding over a “new merry-go-round”, a transparent reference to returning to the recording fold.

“Game of Pretend,” another McVie composition, considers the complex world of relationships, a key Fleetwood Mac battleground over the decades. Buckingham shines, too, particularly on the radio-friendly “In My World,” “Sleeping Around the Corner,” and “On With the Show.” Throughout, there is a clarity of thought and sound that rolls back the years.

Nick March / The National (Middle East) / Monday, June 12, 2017