Say You Will
Say You Will (2003) finds Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks taking part in a Fleetwood Mac studio album for the first time in 15 years. Putting past conflicts behind them, the group revisits its classic mixture of personal confession, idiosyncratic musical textures and inescapable pop hooks in this diverse set. Buckingham revels in quirky techno-folk confections like “Red Rover,” “Bleed to Love Her” and “Say Goodbye,” embroidering them with twanging lead guitars and rippling, acoustic-powered grooves. Those pining for a dose of Nicks’ patented witchery will find “Silver Girl,’ “Destiny Rules” and “Running Through the Garden” highly satisfying. “What’s the World Coming To” (a sparkling Buckingham tune) and “Goodbye Baby” (a softly beguiling Nicks ballad) stand out as particularly strong numbers. As before, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood anchor even the oddest tracks in supple yet rock-solid rhythmic beds. Say You Will is a fully-engaged effort by a bunch of old friends with more than old stories to share.