Stevie Nicks' New Album
Lace shawls, billowing dresses and platform boots are back in the game! Stevie Nicks released her solo album In Your Dreams on Tuesday, and Rolling Stone are calling it her best collection of songs since the eighties. Produced with the sought-after skills of songwriter Glen Ballad and the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, the album is a hyper-romantic antidote to a mid-week (or mid-RAFW) case of jadedness.
The Fleetwood Mac singer will turn 63 at the end of this month, but the voice that gave her over forty top-50 hits and over 140 million album sales sounds as strong, mystical and nasal as ever. She's evidently kept in touch with recent pop culture too, apparently finding storytelling inspiration in the Twilight series as well as from New Orleans and Edgar Allan Poe.
Also returning to the studio are Nicks' guitarist Waddy Wachtel and her long-time back-up singers Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks. Absent is nineties R&B star Macy Gray - who provided a few guest vocals on Nicks' somewhat less inspired album attempt Trouble in Shangri-La.
In Your Dreams' dreamy eighties pop is comparatively trouble-free, and what we've heard of it so far conjures far more images of Nicks' early romantic-rock stage outfits than it does of cheesy vampires. If it's not in your iTunes library yet, you can stream the song 'Secret Love' here in the meantime.
Words: Hannah Ongley