As a critic there's a temptation to dismiss Rumours
as the opiate of the masses. The album spent six months at the top of the U.S. charts, and is one of the highest-selling albums of all time. "Don’t Stop" also served as the campaign song for Bill Clinton’s campaign in the 1992 U.S. elections.
is catchy and highly-produced, but also filled with passion. Passion is a vital ingredient in popular music - if passion is taken away, the human element of music disappears and the record may as well have been made by a computer.
As is well documented, Rumours
was recorded at a time of emotional turmoil for Fleetwood Mac ... Buckingham and Nicks split up, the McVies divorced, Fleetwood divorced his wife and had an affair with Nicks, and Christine McVie had an affair with the lighting director.
All three songwriters channelled their feelings into songs, while the band wrote "The Chain" as an exercise in emotional rehabilitation. And - as is often sadly the case - pain generated tremendous artistic results.
Stevie Nicks arguably emerges from Rumours
as the nicest of the three songwriters - only "Gold Dust Woman" has a trace of nastiness, while "Dreams" and "I Don’t Want To Know" are non-confrontational.
Lindsay Buckingham’s powerful "Go Your Own Way" seethes with pain and aggression, while John McVie's self-esteem must have plummeted recording "You Make Loving Fun", his former wife’s tribute to her new lover.
Apart from "Don’t Stop" and "I Don’t Want To Know", which are a touch pedestrian musically, Rumours
is just one great song after another. Buckingham contributes the wonderful opener "Second Hand News", with its memorable line just lay me down in the tall grass and let me do my stuff
, and also "Go Your Own Way", the very epitome of classic rock.
by Reviewer: Fyfeopedia
(blogging at Fyfeopedia [Defunct]