Gift of Screws Lindsey Buckingham Reprise/ Warner
THE fact that Lindsey Buckingham was one of the pop meisters working to make Fleetwood Mac greater than the sum of its parts, and subsequently one of the most successful pop bands of all time, should not deter serious music fans from embracing his stunning fifth solo album. Buckingham’s incredible acoustic guitar chops and willingness to explore neoclassical forms is evident from the gorgeous second track, Time Precious Time . With its frantic rising and falling finger- picking pattern and layered harmony vocals, it’s guaranteed to send a shiver up the spine of the most jaded music listener. No slouch on electric either, Buckingham compares with Pete Townshend on heavier fare such as Wait for You and the title track. The mix of serious experimentation and pop sensibility is bound together by familiar glue: the hefty hook and the killer pop song. The effect, in the end, is as moreish as Mac, but more satisfying: fine dining instead of fast food. In short, a stunning late- career masterpiece.