POP

Gift of Screws Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham Reprise/ Warner

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music - Ian Cuth­bert­son

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.

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