Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Former Fleetwood Mac leader goes his own way

Singer-songwriter and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is warming up for a worldwide tour. He's unleashed his second solo album in as many years, "Gift of Screws," and is polishing up a canon of Fleetwood Mac favorites for this Tulsa tour stop.

None of his solo work sold anything approaching the level of Mac's "Rumours," but they are distinguished and layered pop albums. His contribution to the movie National Lampoon's Vacation, the infectious "Holiday Road," has become an indelible cult classic.

Buckingham's solo albums

"GIFT OF SCREWS"

Release date: Sept. 16, 2008. Including: "Great Day," "Wait for You," "Gift of Screws," "Bel Air Rain." Features Fleetwood Mac band mates John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.

Said Buckingham in a recent interview: "This is probably the most rock 'n' roll album I've ever made. It probably sounds like I'm getting ready to break a string here and there."

Billboard magazine agrees, saying of the album (and of his current tour), "It's a louder, sunnier affair than 2006's intense, partly acoustic 'Under the Skin,' with a more rock 'n' roll vibe that su0used the entire show." Parts of an untitled album he was working
on were "pilfered" for Fleetwood Mac's 2003 release, "Say You Will."

"LIVE AT THE BASS PERFORMANCE HALL"

ReleasedMarch 2008. CD + DVD set was recorded in January 2007, in Fort Worth.

That stellar concert included songs from "Under The Skin" and "Holiday Road" as well as FleetwoodMac favorites such as "Go Your Own Way."

"UNDER THE SKIN"

Released 2006. Including: "To Try for the Sun," "Under the Skin," "Down on Rodeo."

It peaked at No. 7 on the Top Internet Albums chart in 2006. It was anointed in Uncut magazine's "50 Definitive Albums" and MOJO magazine's "50 Best Albums."

Wrote Rolling Stone: " 'Under The Skin' is a mesmerizing return to the side of Buckingham that birthed the proto-indie-pop strangeness of 1979's 'Tusk.' "

"OUT OF THE CRADLE"

Released 1992. Including: "Spoken Introduction," "Surrender the Rain," "All My Sorrows."

Crooned Rolling Stone: "Lindsey Buckingham lives in a wonderful world of sound, an aural playground where guitars shimmer and shriek, voices chirp and flutter and almost anything is possible for those who understand the magic of the recording studio."

"GO INSANE"

Released 1984. Including: "IWant You," "Slow Dancing," "Bang the Drum."

Often referred to as one of the most underrated albums in modern pop history, again Rolling Stone sang, " 'Go Insane,' Buckingham's second solo album, is a singular mix of '70s sheen and '80s edge, enormously inventive in every respect."

"LAW AND ORDER"

Released 1981. Including: "Mary Lee Jones," "Shadow of the West," "I'll Tell You Now."

The critics at Rolling Stone are unanimous: "Based on the evidence of 'Law and Order,' however, Lindsey Buckingham's biggest contribution to Fleetwood Mac has been his unabashed fondness for pop music at its most hokey and hooky – not just sculpting vocal harmonies but carefully designing each phrase to tickle some pleasure center, no matter what the lyrics happen to say."

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM

When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Where: Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St.

Tickets: start at $50, available at tulsaworld.com/GetTix or by calling (866) 443-8849. Each pair of tickets also wins a free "Gift of Screws" CD. Details at tulsaworld.com/LindseyBuckingham

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