Los Angeles Times - - ARTS & BOOKS - By Ran­dall Roberts the only cur­rent Mac mem­ber to skip the ses­sions? She was busy. Is she missed? Yes and no. ran­dall.roberts@la­

Lindsey Buck­ing­ham & Chris­tine McVie “Lindsey Buck­ing­ham & Chris­tine McVie” (At­lantic)

The highly an­tic­i­pated first duet al­bum be­tween the two Fleet­wood Mac mem­bers will surely fire the synapses of any­one who’s ever lit a Bic at an arena show — but it’s so much more than that.

Recorded at the Vil­lage Stu­dios in West Los Angeles, the 10 songs were penned by the writers of such clas­sics as “Don’t Stop,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Hold Me” and “Tusk,” and there’s not a wasted minute on the al­bum. Add in a rhythm sec­tion pow­ered by fel­low Fleet­wood Mac mem­bers Mick Fleet­wood and John McVie, and the re­sult is a spe­cial kind of bliss.

Clock­ing in at just un­der 40 min­utes, the al­bum finds a pair of con­sis­tently evoca­tive artists in full con­trol of their pow­ers.

Need a lovely McVie bal­lad? Cer­tainly. Called “Game of Pre­tend,” the song soars on the wings of a pi­ano melody and McVie’s un­wa­ver­ing voice. Aching for up­tempo Buck­ing­ham jams? “Lay Down for Free,” “Red Sun” and al­bum opener “Around the Cor­ner” will cer­tainly tickle your fancy.

Most im­por­tant, though, the record’s im­pec­ca­ble pro­duc­tion and typ­i­cally Buck­ing­ham-ian sonic flour­ishes dot each mo­ment with sub­tle ad­ven­ture. Al­ways an ex­plorer, the long­time Mac gui­tarist makes no se­cret of his left-field pref­er­ences, and he shows lit­tle in­ter­est in re­strain­ing his muse. For her part, McVie em­braces such ex­per­i­men­ta­tion with­out hes­i­ta­tion.

And what of Ste­vie Nicks,

Imaad Wasif “Dzi” (Grey Mar­ket)

The mer­cu­rial gui­tarist is best known for his work with the Folk Im­plo­sion and be­fore that, the in­die-punk band Low­er­case. But that was a long time ago, and since then Wasif has be­come a solo artist, col­lab­o­ra­tor in projects, in­clud­ing Acid and EFG, and a se­cret-weapon song­writer-in­stru­men­tal­ist who has worked with Swedish song­writer Lykke Li and New York post-punk singer Karen O.

His third solo al­bum, “Dzi” (out Fri­day), is his first since 2009, and it rev­els in rock dis­tor­tion that sug­gests the fuzzy work of desert rock band Kyuss and post-hard­core band the Melvins. Hard­ened melodies re­call Bos­ton hard rock band Di­nosaur Jr., and im­bue “Carry the Star” with a heavy den­sity that’s pock­eted with just enough space to breathe.

El­ton John “Tiny Dancer” mu­sic video (Vevo)

The lovely new video for the clas­sic 1971 song that John wrote with long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor Bernie Taupin doc­u­ments in­ter­ac­tions from the per­spec­tives of a dozen peo­ple mov­ing around Los Angeles.

As with life it­self, mu­sic is the glue that holds the many nar­ra­tives to­gether. Who hasn’t tuned into Jack-FM (93.1) or the Sound (100.3 FM) while rolling down the Hol­ly­wood Free­way and had their world joy­ously up­ended by “Tiny Dancer”? The pro­tag­o­nists of the new video, which is di­rected by Max Wei­land, cer­tainly have.

The scene opens on PCH as a car ra­dio weath­er­man makes his fore­cast. We see some­one else tune into the sta­tion near Grif­fith Park, fol­lowed by oth­ers in what look to be Pasadena and along Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard. The song seeps out of the stereo driven by three teenage girls in a con­vert­ible, out of an LAPD car, as a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe im­per­son­ator eats fast food.

Those cruises and ran­dom in­ter­ac­tions move across the next six min­utes, with “Tiny Dancer” scor­ing such in­stances as an el­derly woman smok­ing a vape pipe, a widow car­ry­ing an urn and a parked car filled with ston­ers and mar­i­juana smoke. A valet revs a Corvette and, upon hear­ing the song, heads out on the town. The song seems to be ev­ery­where. Un­set­tled move­ment reigns through the verses. But or­der ar­rives each time John moves into the cho­rus where, with a big gust of joy, the peo­ple sing in uni­son.

“Hold me closer tiny dancer,” sings John, ser­e­nad­ing souls who seem to have lit­tle choice but to re­spond in kind. “Lay me down in sheets of linen/ You had a busy day to­day.”

Liz O. Baylen Los Angeles Times

THE FIRST duet al­bum for Chris­tine McVie and Lindsey Buck­ing­ham is an im­pec­ca­ble ad­ven­ture.

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