Under The Skin - Lindsey Buckingham

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    He concocts a series of dazzling interior epics with just a fingerpicked acoustic guitar and his echo-drenched voice. [Nov 2006, p.101]
  2. His hushed voice and intricate acoustic guitar work fill the space with reflective songs that sound little like anything he's done before.
  3. It is, thus far, his masterpiece, and as beautiful a pop record as can be made these days.
  4. It's the spartan-yet-gonzo sound of a guy remembering he can go his own way. [6 Oct 2006, p.70]
  5. As beguiling as much of Under the Skin is, these songs would benefit from the Mac’s supple, still-underrated rhythm section.
  6. 80
    At times it's spellbinding. [Dec 2006, p.118]
  7. As spacious as Buckingham's native California yet as fraught with unease, this is another gripping postcard from the edge of paradise.
  8. Under The Skin... washes over you like a summer breeze.
  9. Under the Skin’s tenderly whispered ruminations... are gripping little creations, full of weird acoustic-guitar riffs and uncomfortably intimate vocals and open revelations about the anxiety he feels in trying to reassert his creative identity at this late date.
  10. 70
    Gorgeously understated. [Nov 2006, p.138]
  11. Of the 11 tracks, five are lovely, three are makeweights and an equal number excellent. [Dec 2006, p.133]
  12. With its skewed pop melodies, home-brewed sonic trickery and blazing fingerpicking, Under the Skin is a mesmerizing return to the side of Buckingham that birthed the proto-indie-pop strangeness of 1979's Tusk.
  13. Strange, alluring, and disarming.
  14. There’s no denying that he has his own style, but a little more variety in execution might make Under the Skin a more enthralling and thus, listenable experience.
  15. Unfortunately, all the intricately picked little guitar figures don't make his raspy yelping sound any less like a wet cat stuck under a couch.

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