Legendary rock stars Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, both of Fleetwood Mac, have released the widely anticipated, self-titled duet album today. Already receiving rave reviews this album has Fleetwood Mac fans — who have no doubt been playing the three singles on repeat — and rock lovers everywhere coming together to listen to what is nothing less than a manifestation of the creative genius that we have come to expect from the duo.
With contributions from drum maestro Mick Fleetwood, and some killer bass from John McVie, you can hear some of the familiar themes — with the entire range of toe-tapping percussion, bright keyboard work, and killer guitar — that the bandmates are known for. This is, however, a duet album from Buckingham and McVie, and Buckingham made this clear when he explained how this collaboration happened. “We were exploring a creative process,” he said, “and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of the work felt like it was meant to be a duet album.”
While this collection has been a work in progress for over two years (they had to break for their “On With The Show” tour), the singles were released in April — save “Sleeping Around the Corner,” which was previously a bonus track on Buckingham’s last solo album, “Seeds We Sow,” back in 2011. The tracks “In My World” and “Feel About You” set the tone for the rest of the album, which is that upbeat, pop/rock style that leaves listeners feeling good. Buckingham and McVie’s vocals are like a dream, a match made in rock heaven. Christine takes the lead vocals on tracks like “Red Sun,” “Game of Pretend,” and the single “Feel About You,” where her smooth sound and extensive range carry listeners away; and Lindsey’s smoky voice has that same moving effect on tracks “Lay Down For Free” and the two singles, “Sleeping Around the Corner” and “In My World.” Commensurate with their vocal capabilities, Buckingham and McVie deliver on the guitar and keyboard work they are famous for, also. This especially true for Buckingham on “Love Is Here To Stay,” which has some of the strongest guitar on the album.
This album, which is familiar in many aspects, is also a very fresh sounding production. Though they have been collaborating with each other for over four decades, both artists have their own solo work as well, and identities apart from the Fleetwood Mac family. McVie had actually been absent from that family for a lengthy period of time, coming back into the fold (FINALLY!) for the On With The Show tour in 2014-2015. McVie has commented on this creative process and what it was like to return to the music with Buckingham: “For me, this is all a fresh beginning. I didn’t know myself I’d end up coming back into the band after so long: 16 years…I guess I’ve rediscovered my love for writing and my love for music. I seemed to have evolved quite organically because I’ve been sending Lindsey some rough demos; He’s refined them and shaped them into some of our best material ever.” You can hear this, and many more juicy tidbits from behind-the-scenes in a mini-documentary that was released on May 25th, 2017.
The duo has also announced a 14 stop North American tour to commence after the two perform with Fleetwood Mac at the Classic West.
Sleeping Around the Corner (3:47)
Feel About You (3:27)
In My World (4:24)
Red Sun (3:15)
Love Is Here To Stay (4:25)
Too Far Gone (3:20)
Lay Down For Free (3:56)
Game of Pretend (4:34)
On With The Show (3:46)
Carnival Begin (4:40)