Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie

The history of Fleetwood Mac is a tangled web of interpersonal relationships, wicked smart songwriting, and mega-success. The McVie’s, John and Christine, were married and divorced. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were lovers and musical partners before entering the band, and Nicks had a short affair with Mick Fleetwood. The multiple configurations of pairings within the band has resulted in amazing music, but now we are offered a new pairing. Although Buckingham and Christine McVie have worked together for more than forty years they’ve never interacted as a duo.

After a sixteen year hiatus Christine McVie returned to the band in 2014 and immediately she and Buckingham conceived a side project. Originally meant to be a duets album the pair instead opted to write their own material, sharing leads and backing each other on vocals. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie highlight each performer’s unique contributions to Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham is a master of pop-rock melodies driven by his pointed guitar work. McVie’s songs are sultry, nostalgic ballads built on piano. She writes two of the tracks, five tracks are written by Buckingham solo, and three more are collaborations. Buckingham acts as the molder of the raw material, polishing and producing the album. It’s a role he played in Fleetwood Mac.

In some ways Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie is a Fleetwood Mac album minus Stevie Nicks. The rhythm section is John McVie on bass and Mic Fleetwood on drums. Producer and musician Mitchell Froom contributes additional keyboards. The biggest hits of Fleetwood Mac have been written by Nicks, so this allows the spotlight to shine on the bands other stellar writers.

(Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)