Tusk ★★ Rhino/Warner

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Re­leased in 1979, two years af­ter the clas­sic Ru­mours, Tusk wit­nessed Fleet­wood Mac en­gag­ing in typ­i­cally high-end shenani­gans by not only writ­ing “ex­per­i­men­tal” pop songs but enough of them to make a dou­ble al­bum. History tells us Tusk cost more than $1 mil­lion to record, making it the most ex­pen­sive rock record up to that year, but ar­riv­ing af­ter the bril­liance of Ru­mours, sell­ing Tusk in a sim­i­lar fash­ion was nigh on im­pos­si­ble. Stylis­ti­cally it’s all over the place – woe­ful songs such as Not That Funny lay be­side gems like Sara, the ad­ven­tur­ous ti­tle track and Think About Me. Its rep­u­ta­tion has been calmed by per­spec­tive, but it re­mains a stretch to say it’s a great record. This ul­tra deluxe reis­sue, how­ever, goes some way to making amends: specif­i­cally an alternate version of the al­bum. Fans only need ap­ply.

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