Say You Will - Fleetwood Mac
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  • Summary: If you prefer your Fleetwood Mac songs written by Lindsey Buckingham, your 16-year wait is over. Joining Buckingham on this brand-new, 18-track album are Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
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  1. 80
    Tusk this isn't, but Tusk it doesn't need to be. In an age of off-the-shelf LInda Perry pop, the Mac keep the mainstream interesting. [May 2003, p.98]
  2. While the lyrics range from the stale to the surreal, the band's vibe still gels where it counts.
  3. While the album's highlights shine brightly, the absence of the group's least heralded songwriter [Christine McVie] ultimately proves a significant obstacle.
  4. The record shows too many signs of superstar pretension, from the thick liner notes to the grueling 76-minute length.
  5. There are too many songs, simply too much to make Say You Will work, even if there is enough to admire to make you wish it did.
  6. The album is a randomly sequenced display of Fleetwood Mac's best instincts: Buckingham's bittersweet tunes about playing for keeps; Nicks' tough, swirly songs about fragile and wicked women; and the experiments the group can't stop indulging in.
  7. If you're a fan, there's enough of what you expect from the Mac here not to disappoint.

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  1. Sep 10, 2012
    9
    The only thing that bothers me about this album is the lack of radio play that it got. Besides hearing "Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will" a few times in retail stores over their intercom music system, I rarely heard anything being played over the radio. Three or four songs could have been cut out and included on the bonus disc for the special edition, but all the rest are up to the standard that one would expect from one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music. They don't try to rehash the old sounds of the Big Mac Attack era of Rumours, but who in their right mind would expect Lindsey Buckinham to take part in anything like that. He was already over Rumours by the time Tusk was being produced. This is where Fleetwood Mac stood in 2003 with an album of great new material, take it or leave it as they were. Anyone who wants to compare it to their previous albums should stick to a best of collection and miss out on new brilliant guitar work, still great harmonies, and the expected catchy rock melodies. Say You Will could not have been produced by the Fleetwood Mac of the Rumour timeframe because Lindsey was not ready to play guitar like this yet and there is a modernity of tone that was not yet imagined back then. The soaring, blistering solos in "Murrow Turning Over in his Grave" and "Come" are almost on an Eddie Van Halen level and the stellar acoustic finger picking in songs like "Red Rover" and "Say Goodbye" are new guitar sounds that no one else can produce other than Buckingham in the post Tango in the Night era. Don't compare, just listen and enjoy what they have grown into. Expand

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