Following last weeks first viewing of Indiana Jones, Tom is back with another Late Late Review and this time it’s all about an LP that gave us Go Your Own Way, Dreams and Don’t Stop.
I’m back again to talk about things that have already happened. This time I’m doing an album, because there’s nothing like variety.
Release Date: 1977 – there really is no excuse for this.
Achievements: According to Wikipedia (be honest, you use it too), this one is 13x Platinum over here in the UK, having sold more than 4,000,000 certified copies. Across the planet, almost 30,000,000 copies have been sold.
Rating: This album pretty much got tens across the board from everyone. Mojo, Rolling Stone – you name it, they liked it.
As a bit of background, shortly before this album, Fleetwood Mac was made up of five people – two couples and a fifth wheel. As I say, this is shortly before. By the time they made this record, both couples had broken up and the respective individuals had started seeing other people. I bet the fifth wheel had a great time and didn’t find it awkward at all. (The fifth wheel, by the way, was Mick Fleetwood – so it’s not like he could leave the band or they’d just be Mac… I digress.)
The songwriters on the album were Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. There was apparently not a huge amount of collaboration, with just one song (The Chain) being worked on by the whole band.
For the most part, the songs on the album sound optimistic, which belies the challenges and conflict the band apparently had whilst making the record; the guitar is fast paced, and upbeat and the lyrics are largely about moving on and being happy. Never Going Back Again is a particularly light and cheery song, and Go Your Own Way sounds to me like the musical equivalent of letting go of the past and moving on.
My personal highlight on the album is also the one song on the album which seems to me to be about real heartbreak. Not sure what that says about me. Songbird, written and performed by McVie, accompanied solely with piano, is just bloody lovely.
I will say, despite having never listened to the album, I knew just about all of the songs, which I think goes to show just how successful this album was. Despite the hardship, the band even said that this album was their best and credit it as the reason they got to continue making music.
This is one of those timeless albums that still sounds great even now. I think Fleetwood Mac could have released it in 2019 and it would gain just as much popularity. It’s a cohesive album with great music and vocals and still feels relevant.
It’s fair to say that even if you haven’t heard this album, you’ve probably heard this album. It’s a real icon and has truly pervaded pop culture without being too obnoxious about it – in actual fact; I really think people need to shout about this one much more.
Is there an iconic film or album you think I should have experienced by now? Let me know @MoveToTRASHUK #latelatereview