LIVE: Fleetwood Mac @ the Times Union Center, 6/19/13

Review by Bokonon

“Go Your Own Way.” “Second Hand News.” “Big Love.” “Never Going Back Again.” “Not That Funny.” These are songs for boys.

“Gold Dust Woman.” “Landslide.” “Dreams.” “Sara.” “Silver Springs.” These are songs for girls.

Songs for boys are quirky, hiccupping and driving. Songs for girls are swirly, gossamer and spinning.

Songs for boys are better. Get over it.

Rejoice in the fact that many of the songs for girls have cool guitar riffs, too. Guitar riffs pinched out in clawlike fashion, or down-strummed with naked fingers like Lightnin’ Hopkins playing the clawhammer banjo. Dig that news, Lightnin’ on the five-wire. Not exactly the image folks had in 1977 as they scooped up bajillions of “Rumours,” but it’s right there, in the grooves.

Lindsey Buckingham is the mind behind the Big Machine. His tall, famously leather-testicled drummer pal so much as said so at the Knickerbocker Arena last week, citing the younger man as mentor in as hushed a tone as an old Englishman can muster in a barn like the Pepsi Arena.

Truth. Buckingham is an alchemist, fusing nickel-plated steel, raw flesh and high wattage into a spare, fully tricked-out blues-meets-the-future style that shakes hands with The Big Machine’s history while still pushing it forward even these many years on.

The girl singer did her twirling am-I-on-MTV? thing at The Times Union Center. Sometimes it clicked, sometimes it clowned. But it always stood in the shadow of the boy songs.

“Tusk” is as gloriously stupid, brilliant and whacked as ever. It felt like a fuck you then, it feels like one now. In its heyday, The Big Machine was that rare convergence of commerce and art, and Buckingham felt like an interloper, a crazed, coked-up kid let loose in the hallways of the record biz. The Big Machine isn’t rare or even relevant anymore. But Buckingham is.

I want to hear more of his songs for boys.

Greg Haymes review at The Times Union

Second Hand News
The Chain
Sad Angel
Not That Funny
Sisters of the Moon
Big Love (Lindsey Buckingham solo)
Landslide (Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham duet)
Never Going Back Again (Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham duet)
Without You (Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham duet)
Eyes of the World
Gold Dust Woman
I’m So Afraid
Stand Back
Go Your Own Way
World Turning
Don’t Stop
Silver Springs
Say Goodbye (Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham duet)

  1. Anne says

    I find this review puzzling. I’m a girl, so that means I like certain Fleetwood Mac songs, or at least they’re written for me? But those songs are the lesser in the Fleetwood Mac oeuvre, which means my taste is inferior to your taste as a male. OK, I guess I get your point now.

  2. Kristen says

    Dude. (or dudette…whoever you are) Those songs aren’t gender specific. They’re written BY the boy or the girl but they’re for everyone. Unless I’m missing what you’re trying to say which is utterly possible because huh? I was at the Albany show and it was amazing. That said I love Lindsey Buckingham with a passion and it seems you do too so we’re cool.

  3. Regina says

    This sexist review: is for cats, to use in their litter pan.

  4. SG says

    So basically, boys rule, girls drool and you must be in second grade. Good luck in science fair.

  5. laym says

    That’s an insult to second graders and science fair entrants.

  6. Normando says

    Can’t wait for his George Clinton review!

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