Friday, April 08, 2011

(Review) Rod Stewart & Stevie Nicks - New York Times

Two Rockers, Old Hits And Reasons to Believe
By BEN RATLIFF
New York Times Review


"Ms. Nicks, 62, who performed first at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, is the goddess of indirection. “Do you know what this is?” she sang in “Love Is.” “No I don’t/but whatever it is/it’s very powerful.” This could be her organizing principle. The referents of her lyrics flicker in and out; she suddenly omits the subject of a sentence, asks a rhetorical question or moves from first to third person without warning. Most pop songwriters don’t do this anymore. But Ms. Nicks is a woman who can put on a black shawl, raise her arms and spin, and the audience roars. Whatever that is, it’s very powerful.


Wednesday’s set was a tight group of greatest hits, so there was “Edge of Seventeen”: “Just like the white winged dove/sings a song, sounds like she’s singing.” And “Sorcerer”: “All around black ink darkness/and who found the lady from the mountains?” Who or what is like the dove? Who did find the lady? Essentially it’s you: the listener and her own experiences fill the gap between what is to be understood and what is not."



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4 comments:

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

One of the worst "reviews" I've ever read. Mr. Ratcliff might as well have written, "blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah."

Anonymous said...

Leave it to the New York Times to write such an idiotic review. Instead of really reviewing Stevie's performace, the writer instead chose to write about her songwriting ability and her poetic lyrics (which are obviously way over his head). What a tool !

DallasDude said...

Loved it. Really. Right on target folks. Every other review is the same old thing. She is a songwriter, so reviewing her skills is on par with reviewing her stage performance. If you think this writing is bunk, we are indeed in sorry shape. All reviews should be as analytical.

Anonymous said...

Really? I actually think he nailed it. And he seemed to know a lot about her music--something most reviewers don't bother with.
Obviously I would love it if all of Stevie's reviews were dripping in praise, but I thought this was marvelously written and a realistic assessment of her performance and work. And he called her an icon, Rod a fan. Best review of the tour thus far.

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