24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - BRIAN BOYD


A se­lec­tion of old demos, some stretch­ing back to the 1960s, the eighth stu­dio al­bum by one of the voices of Fleet­wood Mac is one of the best things she has ever done. With per­spec­tive, she sings th­ese songs with a lovelorn res­ig­na­tion, im­bu­ing them with a rare sense of pathos and philo­soph­i­cal re­gret.

Lady is a rue­ful, self-doubt­ing bal­lad while Starshine is turbo-charged FM rock. Nicks’ voice is al­ways a thing of won­der; from easy-lis­ten­ing Lau­rel Canyon-type stylings to fuzzed-out rock and elec­tri­fied folk, she can han­dle any­thing. On the stand­out Blue Wa­ter, she sounds as for­lorn as early Gram Par­sons, while I Don’t Care is blues rock per­fec­tion. Con­tem­po­rary ret­ro­spec­tion this may be, but she gets to the emo­tional core of almost ev­ery­thing here. A be­guil­ing col­lec­tion of songs.

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