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  • Summary: The first solo album in seven years for the Fleetwood Mac vocalist was partially produced by Sheryl Crow. Sarah McLachlan lends her voice to one track. Other guests include Macy Gray and Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
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  1. Offering her strongest material since her 1982 landmark, Bella Donna, Nicks is radiant as she vamps through guitar-charged rockers that deftly balance her signature poetry with sticky pop hooks.
  2. Nicks' sixth solo album is her strongest since 1983's The Wild Heart.
  3. Nicks and her sundry producers also baste her songs in gravy-thick arrangements that reduce a few of them to sludge. [4 May 2001, p.70]
  4. Though her newfound confidence mostly allows the disc to transcend the safe "comeback" label, her trademark witchy-poo persona is what actually makes the album so welcome.
  5. All told, eight producers (including Nicks) were involved in the production of Trouble in Shangri-La, and not everybody is up to the challenge.
  6. 60
    It's not a perfect album, and it's second half plays too openly with synth pop elements. The subtle beats and loops feel forced. But it has its moments of beauty, its songs worth listening to more than once.
  7. 40
    The rich studio gloss and unmistakable vocal mannerisms she's cultivated over 30 years cover nicely for the weakness of her new material. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
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  1. [Anonymous]
    Jun 17, 2001
    This is just a great album. Stevie Nicks has a beautiful voice.
  2. MoniqueG.
    May 18, 2001
    My Bella Donna is back and sounding better then she has in years.
  3. Feb 5, 2013
    My favorite Stevie album next to "Bella Donna" and "Rock a Little." Absolutely beautiful. This album shows off Stevie's beautiful poetry better than any album of FM's or Stevie's since "Bella Donna" and "Rumours." Absolutely amazing! Expand
  4. KathrynS.
    Jun 19, 2002
    I think it's a great album... It's art, Stevie's the artist, and I think she's amazing.
  5. joshl
    Nov 15, 2006
    stevie nicks is always great!!!!!!! loving her...........
  6. May 6, 2011
    Trouble In Shangri-La is one of Stevie Nicks' best solo albums, probably her best since 1980's Bella Donna. Whereas Nicks had great moments on her albums The Wild Heart, Rock A Little and The Other Side Of The Mirror, Trouble In Shangri-La is a very consistently good album. "Planets of the Universe" is a great Nicks-written track (and was a #1 Dance hit on Billboard's charts). "Trouble In Shangri-La" offers a killer chorus, "Sorcerer" is a Sheryl Crow-produced 1970s era song, "Every Day" hit #17 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, "Bombay Sapphires" offers a moody meditation on relationships and the ocean, and "Fall From Grace" is a sizzling rocker. This album hit #5 and went Gold in the U.S. Expand
  7. JyotirmayaD
    Jul 22, 2006
    Stevie Nicks' voice sounds a little better than it has lately on this CD. I think there are one too many stinkers on this album -- some songs are too polished to hide their bad quality; some songs are just plain horrible - why did she decide to put the Tom Petty inspired "That Made Me Stronger?" yech! But being a Stevie fan, I enjoy listening to the one's I like and skip over the one's I don't. Expand

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