20 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Fleetwood Mac decided to follow up the career-defining, best-selling Rumours with an album that would not compromise their integrity or seem like a quick rehash of their proven FM-radio-friendly formula. Tusk is not Rumours, Pt. II. It's an expansive, 20-track collection that allows each of the three songwriters—Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks—to stretch their musical vocabulary with the very best sonics that money could buy. Buckingham took on much of the production himself, recording at home and in the personally modified Village Recorder studio in West Los Angeles, until he fashioned an album both quirky and accessible, as much a part of the '70s rock elite establishment as informed by the funkier experiments of the emerging punk and new wave. Though individual tracks do stand out—McVie's "Over & Over," "Never Make Me Cry," "Sara," "Storms," and "Beautiful Child," "Buckingham's "Walk a Thin Line" and "Tusk"—the album is best experienced as a long, flowing whole, moods emerging, harmonies shifting, and odd sound experiments percolating underneath the smooth professional sheen.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Fleetwood Mac decided to follow up the career-defining, best-selling Rumours with an album that would not compromise their integrity or seem like a quick rehash of their proven FM-radio-friendly formula. Tusk is not Rumours, Pt. II. It's an expansive, 20-track collection that allows each of the three songwriters—Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, and Stevie Nicks—to stretch their musical vocabulary with the very best sonics that money could buy. Buckingham took on much of the production himself, recording at home and in the personally modified Village Recorder studio in West Los Angeles, until he fashioned an album both quirky and accessible, as much a part of the '70s rock elite establishment as informed by the funkier experiments of the emerging punk and new wave. Though individual tracks do stand out—McVie's "Over & Over," "Never Make Me Cry," "Sara," "Storms," and "Beautiful Child," "Buckingham's "Walk a Thin Line" and "Tusk"—the album is best experienced as a long, flowing whole, moods emerging, harmonies shifting, and odd sound experiments percolating underneath the smooth professional sheen.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

stflora ,

Pure Genius

This is in my opinion Fleetwood Mac at their creative peak. There is just nothing else like this album to date. It's a complete original and showcases some of Stevie, Christine, and Lindsey's best songwriting. Storms is by far one of Stevie's best songs and incredibly underrated. What Makes You Think You're the One does an amazing job of taming all of Lindsey's bizarre musical ideas into probably his most "accessible" song on this album. Christine opens and closes the album beautifully, with her soft voice taking off some of the edge from the otherwise rather abrasive sound of this record. Tusk and The Ledge both do a great job of showcasing their group chemistry and harmonic abilities as singers. Mick's drumming on Tusk is also really something to behold. It's some of the best of his career. Overall, this album was not only wonderful, but incredibly ahead of its time.

Favorite songs:

Tusk
What Makes You Think You're the One
The Ledge
Storms
Sisters of the Moon
Sara
I Know I'm Not Wrong
Over & Over
Honey Hi

Least favorite:

That's All for Everyone (still a good song, but it feels like Lindsey's just trying a little too hard to sound odd. It just doesn't feel natural.)

musicfish ,

Brilliant!

Back in the day when this album first came out I hated it! But after a another listen after all these years I realise it was a very under rated masterpiece! Maybe it was to ahead of it's time back then. Lots of very sweet tunes on this. Christine and Stevie were great on this.Hard to come by good music today especially of this calibur!

night nick ,

Love it

I simply love this song. I can not get enough of it. Check out the video sister of the moon 1975 live it is amazing.

From Nicky

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