Sunday, March 23, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham 4 stars

DVD Spotlight
By Kevin O'Hare

Lindsey Buckingham, "Live at The Bass Performance Hall," (Reprise) 4 stars.

Somehow Lindsey Buckingham managed to do the impossible, which was to be generally underrated while playing in one of the most popular bands in the world.

That band, Fleetwood Mac, put Buckingham on the map, but it's his far-too-infrequent solo endeavors that have featured some of the best music of his life.

The incredibly gifted guitarist, songwriter and singer is spotlighted on this, his first live solo DVD, which was filmed in Fort Worth, Texas, during his first U.S. solo tour in nearly 14 years.

As one might expect, the musicianship is impeccable, with Buckingham fronting an understated three-piece ensemble while spinning through 17 songs from his solo career as well as from his days with Fleetwood Mac.

Six songs are from his latest solo disc "Under the Skin," including quiet standouts like "Not Too Late," and the shimmering, harmony-backed full-band workout "Castaway Dreams." He also offers some intriguing reinterpretations of his own vintage work, like the decidedly-different versions of "Go Insane," and Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk," and "Go Your Own Way." In addition, he shows his passionate vocal style and stunning acoustic guitar work in a torrid take of "Big Love," while blazing away with equal intensity of several electric numbers, such as "So Afraid," which starts mildly before building toward an explosive ending.

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