Showing posts with label In Your Dreams Review. Show all posts
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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Billboard Magazine Review: Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams

Rollingstone Magazine issue May 12, 2011
Billboard Magazine issue May 14, 2011

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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks has hit the motherlode on her first studio disc in a decade ★★★★/5

In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks 
The Sudbury Star 

Joke about the title all you want -- Nicks will have the last laugh. Fleetwood Mac's gold dust woman has hit the motherlode on her first studio disc in a decade. While Dave Stewart weaves lush California-rock tapestries and old bandmates/lovers pop in, Stevie works her smoky bray on crystal visions of angels, ghosts, vampires and hitting New Orleans in feathers and lace. Bewitching.

Download: In Your Dreams

In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks
By Brad Wheeler
Globe and Mail - Canada

Has Stevie Nicks any dreams she’d like to sell? It would appear so. With her first album of new material in a decade, the lacewearing lady of Fleetwood Mac fame retraces steps, mostly with a ghostly grace and with a sinusled voice still instantly recognizable but softened. Six of the Dave Stewart-produced 13 songs contain “ dream” in their words or titles; past lives and lovers are the crystal visions. While the refrain to Everybody Loves You could have been sung by Lindsey Buckingham, the finger-picked For What It’s Worth gently remembers another seventies romance. The winning Secret Love is current though, finding Nicks on a “ timeless search for a love that might work.” What doesn’t work are Ghosts are Gone – half-hearted Eagles rock; is it about Don Henley?! – and the melodramatic ballad Italian Summer.

In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks (Warner Music)
By Bernard Perusse
The Vancouver Sun
★★★1/2(out of five)

Fleetwood Mac's beloved diva has always relied on a great producer to make her often pedestrian songs spring to life. Dave Stewart, who produced her first disc in 10 years with Glen Ballard, and wrote the music to some of its strongest tracks, might be no Lindsey Buckingham, but he's been the midwife for what might, shockingly and unexpectedly, be Nicks's best album. The Cheerfully rocking title song, the soulful You May Be the One and Everybody Loves You, with its orchestral I Am the Walrus segment, are among several numbers that defy low expectations based On the rest of Nicks's solo career. And while some songs are expendable and most are simply too long, this is more consistently fun than we had any reason to expect.

STEVIE NICKS, In Your Dreams (Warner/Reprise)
Winnipeg Free Press
Jeff Monk
★★★1/2(out of five)

IT'S been 10 years since Fleetwood Mac chanteuse Stevie Nicks released a solo album, and for Anyone wondering if this wispy Californian still has anything going on musically, In Your Dreams
is solid proof to the affirmative.

Produced and mostly co-written with former Eurythmics dude Dave Stewart, the album delivers what Nicks fans have come to expect with a distinct old-school rock album feel and Nicks on top of her estimable vocal chops. Tracks like Ghosts Are Gone and the Tom Petty-esque title track are as good as anything she's ever done.

Soldier's Angel works because the lyrics are neither jingoistic nor unctuous. Moonlight (A Vampires Dream) will work for the 20-somethings investigating Nicks for the first time. You May Be the One is the diva in slow blues mode and it works splendidly. Guests include Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, Waddy Wachtel, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham.

The Boston Herald
Jed Gottlieb

Dig out those silky, diaphanous-sleeved dresses and Victorian lace-up boots. Nicks’ first album in a decade delivers the best mom music (and that’s no pejorative) since Fleetwood Mac. It’s missing a Tom Petty or Don Henley duet, but the classic Stevie vibe survives with help from Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Eurythmic David A. Stewart and a gaggle of Heartbreakers.

Stevie Nicks sat down at a piano in an Australian hotel and declared: “I’m ready to make a record now.”

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Stevie Nicks found inspiration everywhere before digging into her first solo album in 10 years.

Associated Press

She sat down at a piano in an Australian hotel and declared: “I’m ready to make a record now.”

“I really don’t care if anybody buys it, and I really don’t care if everybody steals it,” she says during an interview at her Pacific Palisades home. “What I need is to make a record for me, the artist. I need to create something now. So I am going to close my eyes to the music business and its problems, and go forth with a good heart and great belief and make a record.”

The result, “In Your Dreams,” was released this week.

The album features a song Nicks wrote in 1975, right after joining Fleetwood Mac. She never shared it with the band, “which is crazy because this is a very easy, simple, precise song that Lindsey Buckingham would’ve loved, and Fleetwood Mac would’ve loved,” she says. “ I put it away right after I joined the band, and for some reason, I never put it on any of my records either.”

Last year, she remembered the track that she’d stuffed into a box in her parents’ Phoenix home: “Something in my head, I saw the cassette in my head with the little ink that said, ‘Secret Love.’”It’s the first single from “In Your Dreams.”

Another song on the album was co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart (also a producer of the album) and titled by Reese Witherspoon.

The actress offered her Nashville home to Nicks and Stewart for a brief stay, noting that nothing is “cheaper than free.”

“Cheaper Than Free” is the album’s closing track. Sharing the writing process was new for Nicks, and also a happy surprise.

“ I really had that light, epiphany, where I realized why people wrote together,” says the 62-year-old, who previously considered songwriting a solo pursuit. “I suddenly understood why (John) Lennon and ( Paul) McCartney wrote together. I understood why other famous songwriting teams wrote together, because they each had something that the other person didn’t have. For Dave ( Stewart) and I, I have books of poetry and he has thousands of chords.”

Friday, May 06, 2011

Swedish & Norwegian Reviews - Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' "A Worthy Comeback"

Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" 3/5
by Markus Larsson

When reading Rolling Stone magazine, you get the impression Stevie Nicks first album in ten years is as good as Bella Donna (1981). Or at least as good as Tango in the night with Fleetwood Mac.

It is however many years since the reporters at Rolling Stone was something else than just ads for the multi record labels.

However, parts of Nicks new album is worthy. The (partly) 80s sound suites Nicks voice perfect, "Secret Love" shines and "Annabel Lee" is strongest track.

Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' 3/5
by Per Hägred

When Fleetwood Mac is so put on hold that even the bands home page is down, singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks takes the moment to release some really good music.

This makes me think of Emmylou Harris, Marianne Faithful, and even Edith Piaf.

Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' 4/6
by Morten Ståle Nielsen
Verdens gang

Tracking down the magic from the past.

In a try to follow up on the debut Bella Donna, Stevie Nicks finest work so far: An endless cred list, guests from The Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, chiffon and tulle, and a classic Nicks album cover. And producer Dave Stewart...

Unfortunately Stewart co-writes some of the songs on the album, which is stupid, his songs isn't even half as distinctive as Nicks' (like 35 year old "Secret love").

Despite Stewart, when this album is good, it's really good, "Soldiers Angel" should fit in just fine on "Tusk"

Best track: Soldiers Angel.

These reviews were translated... So they may sound a little disjointed.  And thank you to Anna for sending them in :)

Stevie Nicks - Access Hollywood Video.. Talks Glee... Staying Youthful... and her New Album

Thursday, May 05, 2011

(Review) Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' "A classy and melodically rich collaboration with Dave Stewart

Long-Awaited Nicks Fix
Washington Blade
By Joey DiGuglielmo

The music business circa 2011 is, as everybody knows, in the toilet. It’s a blessing and a curse for all involved — consumers, of course, have the option of buying songs one at a time, but that means album sales aren’t what they used to be so there’s little incentive for veteran artists to make records. All the money’s in touring.

Top-tier acts who still release albums every couple years are mostly doing it to satiate their muses. So it’s no wonder it took Stevie Nicks a full 10 years to get back to making a proper solo album.

“In Your Dreams,” out Tuesday, is her first studio album since 2001’s “Trouble in Shangri-La” and it’s been an excrutiatingly long wait for her bastion of rabid fans, among some of the most loyal in all of rock.

For all her ‘80s industriousness — she churned out an amazing amount of product both on her own and with Fleetwood Mac in that whirlwind decade — boy, did we pay for it in the ’00s. There were gems along the way — the 2003 Mac album “Say You Will” is an underrated tour de force for her and Lindsey Buckingham — but fans hoping she’d have a career renaissance after kicking years of drug problems were sorely disappointed. She seemed largely content to tour, do guest spots and the occasional hits package (“Crystal Visions”) or live project (“Soundstage Sessions”).

“Dreams,” a classy and melodically rich collaboration with Dave Stewart (The Eurythmics), arrives with anticipation set at fever-pitch levels. It’s been such a long wait, there’s almost no way the album could live up to expectations. But setting that aside and putting things into perspective, it’s pretty obvious from the first spin this is one of Nicks’ strongest, most consistent albums, perhaps even her best since 1985’s “Rock a Little.” It blows 1994’s dismal “Street Angel” away and while individual songs on “Trouble” are better than most of the tracks here, “Dreams” is overall a better, more cohesive album.

Reviews: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams "Conjures Early Stevie Nicks Magic"

4 out of 5 stars  
Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams
All Music Guide

Perhaps it’s all down to Stevie Nicks being at peace with her legacy, perhaps she was coaxed back toward the ‘70s by producer David A. Stewart, perhaps it’s the presence of Lindsey Buckingham on “Soldier’s Angel,” or perhaps it’s the fact that she excavated a 1976 song called “Secret Love” for this album, but In Your Dreams is Stevie’s first solo album to embrace the sound of Fleetwood Mac at their prime. Nicks never exactly ran away from the Mac, but her ‘80s solo hits were tempered by a steely demeanor and her subsequent solo albums strove too hard to recapture the magic that In Your Dreams conjures so easily. Despite the quite deliberate connections to her past, In Your Dreams never feels labored; the hippie folk drifts into the mystic pop, punctuated by some witchy rock that may be polished a bit too sharply by Stewart, yet he manages to keep everything warm despite its cleanliness. Stewart’s real coup is focus: he keeps everything tight and purposeful, letting each element snugly fit together so In Your Dreams winds up capturing the essence of Stevie Nicks, which -- as her previous three decades of solo albums prove -- is no easy feat.


Stevie Nicks, In your dream.
Sydsvenska dagbladet, Sweden
by Anders Jaderud.
grade 3/5.

The fact that Fleetwood Mac in recent years has become an increasingly frequent source of inspiration to contemporary rock band creates a good starting point for Stevie Nicks comeback.

"In Your Dreams" is the first studio album since 2001 and although Dave Stewart is a somewhat dull choice as producer, the 62-year-old singer sounds convenient in the lavish mainstream rock with some batik patterned mystery. The record certainly contains a few misguided track, as stilted ZZ Top-bogie "Ghosts Are Gone". But on the other hand, succeeds Nick make pliable California radiopop by Edgar Allan Poe's 1800's poem "Annabel Lee" and she keeps on the right side of kitsch border in "Italian Summer", a song that had had Tony Soprano to sob like a child.

Best Track: Secret Love

Swedish original text:
Att Fleetwood Mac på senare år blivit en allt flitigare inspirationskälla för samtida rockband skapar ett bra utgångsläge för Stevie Nicks comeback. ”In Your Dreams” är förs­ta studioalbumet sedan 2001 och även om Dave Stewart är ett små­trist val som producent låter den 62-åriga sångerskan bekväm i den påkostade mainstreamrocken med viss batikmönstrad mystik. Skivan innehåller visserligen ett par omdömeslösa spår, som styltiga ZZ Top-boogien ”Ghosts Are Gone”. Men å andra sidan lyckas Nicks göra följsam kalifornisk radiopop av Edgar Allan Poes 1800-talsdikt ”Annabel Lee” och hon håller sig på rätt sida kitschgränsen i schlageraktiga ”Italian Summer”, en låt som hade fått Tony Soprano att snyfta som ett barn.

Bästa spår: Secret Love

Stevie Nicks: a worthy chapter in rock history.
Borås Tidning, Sweden.
By Fredrik Söderlund.
grade 3/5.

Stevie Nicks is a survivor. In my camp, she has always been Fleetwood Mac's strongest card and her hoarse, trembling voice are still managing to touch on the deep.

In Your Dreams is the first solo album in ten years and more than half the disc has Eurythmics Dave Stewart to help with the songwriting. Unfortunately, it's were it limp significantly. The last five Stewart-tracks is much weaker than the album's first half. If we focus on the highlights instead, we find Bob Dylan-colored "For What It's Worth, " blue tongue "Soldier's Angel" along with old partner Lindsey Buckingham.

In your dreams is a bit shaky but at the same time mature and it is worthy chapter in Nicks present rock history.

Swedish original text:
Stevie Nicks är en överlevare av rang. I mitt läger har hon alltid varit Fleetwood Macs starkaste kort och hennes hesa, darrande stämma lyckas fortfarande beröra på djupet.

In your dreams är det första soloalbumet på tio år och mer än halva skivan har Eurythmics-hjärnan Dave Stewart som låtskrivarpartner. Det är dessvärre också där det haltar markant. De sista fem Stewart-spåren är betydligt svagare än albumets första hälft.  Om vi fokuserar på höjdpunkterna istället hittar vi Bob Dylan-färgade ”For what it’s worth”, bluestunga ”Soldier’s angel” tillsammans med gamla parhästen Lindsey Buckingham.

In your dreams är en lite svajigt men samtidigt vuxet och värdigt kapitel i Nicks pågående rockhistoria.

(Review) Stevie Nicks 'In Your Dreams' "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream) is classic Nicks"

STEVIE NICKS - IN YOUR DREAMS (WARNER) Star rating: * * * 1/2
Herald Sun - Australia
Cameron Adams

IT'S been a decade since Stevie Nicks released a solo album. The cover of drought breaker In Your Dreams sees Stevie in a forest, in a flowing dress, with a horse. Naturally.

It's business as usual on the musical front as well. Musical cohort Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) guides her through country lite (In Your Dreams) to mystical English-lit gypsy rock (Wide Sargasso Sea) - she even shares a writing credit with Edgar Allen Poe on the soft rocking, poetry-quoting Annabel Lee, which harks back to Nicks in Fleetwood Mac's '70s glory days. See also For What It's Worth.

Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream) is classic Nicks - you can almost hear the scarves swishing on the mic stand - while to add to the familiarity Lindsay Buckingham guests on the surprisingly gritty Soldier's Angel.

Sounds like: surrogate Fleetwood Mac album.
In a word: Californian

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Stevie Nicks - IN YOUR DREAMS "Dave Stewart who, co-writing and co-producing, really makes a dream team with Nicks"

Stevie Nicks - IN YOUR DREAMS
CRITIC'S CHOICE 3.5 stars (out of 4)
People Magazine - May 16th (Collectors Issue)

Pop-Rock: Ten years after her last solo studio album, Stevie Nicks is ever the enchantress, bewitching with songs that travel across time ("Secret Love," written in '76 about a clandestine affair she had) and place ("New Orleans," inspired by Katrina). She also transports between fantasy - see the New Moon influenced "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" - and harsh reality (the war-themed "Soldier's Angel"). The latter enlists Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham, but it's Eurythmic Dave Stewart who, cowriting and coproducing, really makes a dream team with Nicks.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

(Review) Stevie Nicks' 'In Your Dreams' "“Ghosts Are Gone," captures vintage Stevie"


Part of Stevie Nicks’ great charm as a songwriter is that she seldom apologizes for her actions in her songs. Whether from her days in Fleetwood Mac or throughout her solo career, she’s concentrated on providing the listener with an insider’s view of her romantic entanglements —and what incredibly entanglements they’ve been— unfiltered by any judgments. It’s a rare, vulnerable trait that has only endeared her further to her millions of fans.

She’s not about to change now on “In Your Dreams,” her first solo album in 10 years out today (May 3).

In the first two songs on the album—first single “Secret Love” and “For What It’s Worth”—she’s involved with taken men. She neither gloats about her bewitching appeal nor recriminates herself for her actions. These are her stories and her feelings. Let others sort out the messiness of such complications.

(Review) Stevie Nicks' "In Your Dreams," isn't simply a trick. It's Nicks' best music since 1983

It took Stevie Nicks 40 years to become unpredictable.

The Journal
Jeb Inge - Journal Copy Editor

After decades of chart-topping repetition and radio-friendly solo albums, Nicks entered the new millennium seemingly spent. As recently as Fleetwood Mac's 2009 tour, the white winged dove wheezed more than wowed. But like the sorcerers and witches lacing her songs, Nicks always has another trick up her mystical sleeve.

Her latest solo album, "In Your Dreams," isn't simply a trick. It's Nicks' best music since 1983.

"In Your Dreams" is unpredictable in the only way an album from an aging rocker can be: It doesn't sound like microwaved nostalgia. Sure, Nicks still relies on the well-worn themes of California witches and love's labor lost. She's been doing that since she joined Fleetwood Mac with Lindsey Buckingham on New Year's Eve 1974. But in 2011, the era of Cullens, and Bella Swans, and shirtless werewolves, her music regains a youthful glisten.

(Review) "Stevie Nicks' voice sounds as strong and supple as ever on In Your Dreams"

Stevie Nicks' In Your Dreams: Yes, It Really Is Her Best Album in Years
By Niki D'Andrea
Phoenix New Times

Phoenix resident Stevie Nicks' new album, In Your Dreams, was released today. Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield has already given the album rave reviews, calling it Nicks' best album in a decade.

It's hard to argue with that, especially considering that Nicks hasn't released an album in a decade (her last solo record was Trouble in Shangri-La in 2001). But is the Valley songbird's latest album really "her best work since the 80s"? I listened to In Your Dreams, and came to my own conclusions.

First, In Your Dreams is way, way better than Trouble in Shangri-La. The latter album was one of the first times Nicks didn't have a star songwriter or producer working with her -- not that she didn't try. Nicks had met her old friend Tom Petty for dinner at the Copper Star Club near US Airways Center and asked him to write some songs for her. According to Nicks, Petty told her to write her songs herself. The result was a collection of predictable and uninspired pop songs that couldn't be saved even with a guest vocal from then it-girl Macy Gray.

(Review) Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

The dreamy, mystical “Annabel Lee” offers Nicks’ catchiest melody in years, her precise vocals pulsing over a sturdy, John McVie-esque bass and a Lindsey Buckingham-influenced guitar sweep.

Paste Magazine
By Ryan Reed

5 Stars

Amid the fingerpicked folk of “For What It’s Worth,” the most nostalgic, romantic track from Stevie Nicks’ seventh studio album, America’s most beloved and mysterious gypsy princess emotes, “I got to sing; I got to dance; I got to be a part of the great romance.” No mystery there. As a former vocalist and songwriter for ’70s legends Fleetwood Mac, Nicks did experience the ups and the downs, the fame and the decline, the mysticism and the harsh reality of the rock star life.

No matter what she does, Nicks will never escape the large-looming legacy of her former band, the monster collective that cranked out masterpieces like Rumours and Tusk. Not that she’s avoiding the association—she did, after all, record with the band on their 2003 comeback, Say You Will, and participate in the sporadic tours that have taken place since. But she’s never quite reached her former act’s level of acclaim or commercial success, and she’s certainly never crafted that one album that’s come to define her as a solo artist. Her first attempt, 1981’s Bella Donna, has come closest on all counts, sprouting an array of top-notch singles (like “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and the oft-referenced “Edge of Seventeen”), but even still, most of her best moments as a soloist bear The Mac’s stylistic hallmarks.

Full Review

Stevie Nicks on In Your Dreams and the Duet That Brought Her Back to 1973 With Lindsey Buckingham

Stevie Nicks on In Your Dreams and the Duet That Brought Her Back to 1973 With Lindsey Buckingham

By: Robert Burke Warren

Stevie Nicks says writing and recording her seventh studio album, In Your Dreams, was probably the most fun she’s had making music since Fleetwood Mac put out its self-titled album in 1975. The thirteen tracks came together at Nicks's Pacific Palisades home in early 2010, with producer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), hit-maker Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Michael Jackson, Aerosmith), and Fleetwood Mac alums Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood. Vulture spoke with Nicks about her "magical" communal writing process and how it compared to her contentious collaborations with Buckingham.

Why was making this album so much fun for you?
We worked four or five days a week, and we’d break at seven for dinner — we had dinners for ten to twelve people every night — and we’d discuss politics and music and the world, and then went back to work for two or three hours. It was an experience. It was like Magical Mystery Tour. It was so much fun that when it was over and all of the people started packing to go and taking the recording equipment, I just sat down on the couch and started to cry. It was like, "I don't want this to be over."

(Review) “In Your Dreams” reminds us that Stevie Nicks has far too much music in her to be solely confined within Fleetwood Mac"

Stevie Nicks
“In Your Dreams”
★★★ out of 5
The Oakland Press

It’s been a decade since her last solo studio album, but Nicks sounds anything but rusty here. Former Eurythmics principal Dave Stewart co-wrote seven of these 13 songs and sings on two, clearly pushing Nicks into vintage form on Beatles-leaning cuts like “Everybody Loves You,” “Italian Summer” and the lengthy Edgar Allan Poe adaptation “Annabel Lee,” rockers such as the title track and “Ghosts Are Gone,” and rich melodic fare like the single, “Secret Love,” “For What It’s Worth” and “New Orleans.” Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham both show up here -- the latter on the affecting “Soldiers Angel” -- but “In Your Dreams” reminds us that Nicks has far too much music in her to be solely confined within Fleetwood Mac.

(Reviews) Stevie Nicks "might, shockingly and unexpectedly, be Nicks’s best album"

STEVIE NICKS: In Your Dreams (Warner Music) B-
The Vancouver Province - Ultra Sound

Fleetwood Mac’s beloved diva has always relied on a great producer to make her often pedestrian songs spring to life. Dave Stewart, who produced her first disc in 10 years with Glen Ballard, and wrote the music to some of its strongest tracks, might be no Lindsey Buckingham, but he’s been the midwife for what might, shockingly and unexpectedly, be Nicks’s best album. While some songs are expendable and most are simply too long, this is more consistently fun than we had any reason to expect.

STEVIE NICKS: In Your Dreams (Warner Music)
Calgary Herald — Mike Bell

It’s telling that there’s a song on the new Stevie Nicks album inspired by the new Moon film (yes, the film, not the book). Telling because it sets the tone for a dreary, ridiculously maudlin set of aC pap, the type aimed singularly at lonely, frumpy, single women in their mid’40s named Mallory, abigail or susan (but goes by “suze,” cuz it’s more fun!), who’ve given up on finding anyone or anything else to fill their lives. The material congeals into one amorphous blob of soft rock, and features every trite and obvious touchstone in the songwriter handbook, including: war, on the cringe-inducing soldier’s angel; epic tales of star-crossed love on wide sargossa sea (inspired, presumably, by the film, not the novel); and the now ubiquitous new orleans song, titled, quite imaginatively, new orleans. and the biggest crime is that, be it the original material or merely time, nicks no longer sounds like that vibrant gypsy singer of past days. she sounds like, well, like someone who gets inspired by Twilight films.

Smukt Stevie
Stevie Nicks. **** out of 6 Stars
Hvad: In Your Dreams,
producere: Dave Stewart og Glen Ballard.
Hvor: Reprise/Warner.
Denmark: Berlingske Tidende

Det er et vidunderligt genhør med en af rockhistoriens største kvindelige stemmer. Det er helt klassiske folk-sange, kærlighedsballader og grandiose rockschlagere. Sublimt produceret af Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart og Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette). Og Stevie Nicks selv, for det er naturligvis om hende disse linjer roterer, lyder virkelig som den snart 63-årige levekvinde, hun er, med ridser, revner og buler. Det gælder både selve sangskrivningen og den vokal, man ikke har lyst til at leve uden. Bob Dylan vil elske denne plade, hendes gamle beau, Lindsey Buckingham, ligeså. Det er Nicks’ første soloskive i ti år, og hendes bedste siden de første solodrøn i startfirserne. Fremhæves må den gigantiske strygerbårne ballade »Italian Summer«, hvem der kan lytte til den uden at kny... Hvem der kan undgå at skære sig på »Soldier’s Angel« og synge med på den flyvske titelsang. Et herligt comeback.

(Review) Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" 4 STARS "best solo work since she began recording outside Fleetwood Mac"

'In Your Dreams'
Stevie Nicks' 'In Your Dreams' is her best solo work to date
New York Daily News

Stevie Nicks lives in a world of clues and innuendos. Her songs read like gossip items with the names cut out, tantalizing bits driven by hints rather than disclosures.

That's never been more true than on her first disk in a decade, on which she made sure to title the lead single "Secret Love," in case you miss her love of the salacious.

The song alludes to an affair Nicks had in the mid-'70s with a coupled man, a guy whose identity she has told journalists she can't quite recall.

Nicks follows that with a song ("For What It's Worth") that addresses another "great romance" with somebody famous on the sly. Later, in "Wide Sargasso Sea," a mysterious "Englishman" moves in with Nicks, but hates her West Coast lifestyle and, so, takes off, while in "Ghosts Are Gone" a shadow of an old lover keeps haunting her dreams.

Snapshot of the New York Daily News Article
It's a vintage Stevie move — a guessing game disguised as poetry. But, then, what else would you expect from a woman who rose to power in a band that turned their own romantic entanglements into something both marketable and mythic? In doing so, Fleetwood Mac functioned like a musical reality show, 30 years before its time.

Luckily, her exploitation of the strategy on "In Your Dreams" isn't the only intriguing thing about it.

(Review) Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams **** (out of 4 stars)

Stevie Nicks’ ‘In Your Dreams’ 
This Dream Album Might Just Be Her Best Ever 
Written by Greg Victor

Here she is — the eternal chronicler of California canyon stream of consciousness sending out notes as if they were bubbles capable of bursting at any altitude, yet entirely capable of floating up to the heavens intact. I’m talking about the one and only Stevie Nicks, of course. In case you feel like treating your ears, your heart and your soul well — Stevie has released her new album, In Your Dreams. It’s one of those albums that comes along in a legend’s career — the milestone album that solidifies the reputation of a true artist forevermore. The queen of folk rock is in royal form. Long may she live and love and make songs to unpack the hidden meanings of it all.

In Your Dreams sounds like it could only have been an extraordinary experience to make. Co-producers Dave Stewart, Glenn Ballard and Stevie Nicks have created an album that attempts to do it all (that’s praise-worthy enough)… what’s more, they damn near succeed. It’s an album bursting with creativity. Yet it maintains its balance through a precise focus. These songs present Stevie as potent as ever without relying on any sort of gimmick. All that is asked of her is to be truer than ever in her delivery. Yeah, that’s all. And she is. It’s just this sort of relaxation within the parameters of tautness that brings out the best in most artists. And it must have been a fun album to make, what with Stevie Nicks writing and recording in her home studio. Writing and recording In Your Dreams must have been as close as it gets to what the experience was in the profound 1970s heyday of American rock.

At 62, the gold dust woman proves that there is legend after Fleetwood Mac. She has turned out the finest solo album of her four-decade career. If you love her unmistakable, ageless vocals and intricate storytelling, you will love this album.

Monday, May 02, 2011

(Fan Review) Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams "TRULY MASTERFUL RESULTS!"

Just picked it up (10 years later and 10 hours early) Whoa! This is a brilliant record, a real one, a Grower! The Lovely Stevie, Masterful Mr. Stewart and all involved...TRULY MASTERFUL RESULTS! This is a record you'll (keep on repeat) AND keep going...a timeless piece; impossible to absorb in just a few listens. AND People, DON'T LISTEN TO THIS ON the "EAR BUDS" >>>>>


Washed up 70's Warner Promo Rep from the Great White North, 'EH! 


(Review) Stevie Nicks ""Italian Summer" is a lush romantic waltz with stately orchestration"

'In Your Dreams' Rating: 3 half stars
AZ Central
Ed Masley

It's been 10 years since Stevie Nicks released an album, and she starts her new one with a song she wrote the same year Fleetwood Mac recorded "Rumours."But Nicks sounds surprisingly vital and engaged in the creative process here, especially on "Secret Love," a song she's had 35 years to record. Of course, it sounds exactly like the sort of thing she would have written then. Even Dave Stewart's production has a certain Lindsey Buckingham-esque sheen to it on that one. And the lyrics would have fit right in: "I am not asking forever from you/I'm just asking to be held for a while."

It's not the only highlight here.

"Italian Summer" is a lush romantic waltz with stately orchestration, recalling both the drama of Roy Orbison and the aching beauty of that Morning Benders single from last year that tried so hard to sound like they'd recorded it in 1961. And Nicks rushes the phrasing in all the right place on the chorus hook: "At the end of the Italian summer, It rains fast and it rains hard/The wind blows right through you/Tears you apart."

There are echoes of Stewart's past shading the techno-pop intro to the yearning "Everybody Loves You," whose chorus hook ends on a brilliantly Beatlesque chord change. Buckingham's harmonies on "Soldier's Angel," a dark, dramatic anti-war lament whose eerie atmosphere recalls "The Chain," are sure to conjure flashbacks to the '70s for Fleetwood Mac fans. There's also a definite Buckingham vibe to the rollicking California rockabilly of the title track, despite his lack of input on that song. And it's a shame she didn't get "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" together in time to cash in on the "Twilight" craze.

Those "Twilight" kids would find plenty to love if they investigated Nicks' back pages.