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Lindsey Buckingham - Gift of Screws

Gift of Screws

Lindsey Buckingham

Reprise Records

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A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is a more electric follow-up to 2006's Under the Skin, though it has a darker and more frenetic feel and pace. He and Stevie Nicks were the forces that turned Fleetwood Mac from a Blues band with psychedelic leanings into a meticulously arranged pop band that had tremendous success in the charts, of course having Christine McVie as a songwriter and singer, along with the very solid rhythm section of John McVie, bass, and Mick Fleetwood, drums, sure helped. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood aid him here on a few of the songs. The songs span a relatively broad spectrum of time; some were written for a session that had the plug pulled on it in the 90s, a few were intended for Fleetwood Mac, and the others are brand new.

If you are a fan of his style of electronic tinkering of songs and that sonic fury that can accompany them, this is definitely a disc for you. It does have its quieter interludes and some of the songs are almost in an acoustic mode, or without all of the reverb, echo, and etc. The liner notes about helpers are very sketchy, other than Mc Vie and Fleetwood, Walfredo Reyes is given credit on drums and John Pierce on bass, so the assumption is he played all the other instruments. There are his extended guitar solos and some of them are very tasty and refreshing.

Track List:

  • Great Day
  • Time Precious Time
  • Did You Miss Me
  • Wait For You
  • Love Runs Deeper
  • Bel Air Rain
  • The Right Place To Fade
  • Gift Of Screws
  • Underground
  • Treason

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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