4 February 2013

4th Feb - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Artist – Album: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Released:  4th February 1977
Sounds Like: Total relationship meltdown

The extraordinary thing about Rumours is that, despite the bitter subject matter of collapsing relationships within the band, the majority of the songs contain a disarming giddiness. Bouncy album opener ‘Second Hand News’ is clearly about break-up sex and contains the jolly couplet “been down so long, I've been tossed around enough”, whilst jangly acoustic guitars mask the fact that ‘Never Going Back Again’ is about Lindsey Buckingham’s depression. ‘Go Your Own Way’ has to be the most feeble and broken mega hit of all time. Just try the opening gambit on for size – “Loving you, isn't the right thing to do. How can I ever change things, that I feel?” 

The tempo slows with the beautiful, Christine McVie-penned ‘Songbird’ and this ushers in the darker sounding second half. Songs such as ‘The Chain’, ‘Oh Daddy’ and ‘Gold Dust Woman’ contain just as much scorn and heartbreak as earlier tracks but surround them with a much meaner and atmospheric  backing.

Much has been written about the soap-opera that is Fleetwood Mac and their greatest album Rumours. Emotionally wrecked yet excitable, painful yet enjoyable, over played yet refreshing, the record is awash with contradictions. Another one could be that despite receiving heaps of praise and being one of the best selling albums of all time, it still doesn’t get the appreciation it deserves. Undeniably a ten out of ten.

Albumaday... rating: 10/10

1.       Second Hand News – 2:53
2.       Dreams – 4:14
3.       Never Going Back Again – 2:15
4.       Don’t Stop – 3:12
5.       Go Your Own Way – 3:38
6.       Songbird – 3:21
7.       The Chain – 4:31
8.       You Make Loving Fun – 3:31
9.       I Don’t Want to Know – 3:15
10.   Oh Daddy – 3:58
11.   Gold Dust Woman – 5:02

Listen to ‘Second Hand News’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4itzHRpltQ

Also released on the 4th February:
2008: Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim

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