Okay, one can only take so much sad, broken heart and broken home music so I’m forgoing some of the other Goodwill Hunting albums for the time being and putting on something a little more, umm, lively.
To that point, I’m selecting something that’s been in our “To get to..” pile by the turntable for a while now, the ‘Tango In the Night‘ album by Fleetwood Mac.
Artistically and commercially, the Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham/Mick Fleetwood/Christine and John McVie edition of Fleetwood Mac had been on a roll for over a decade when this album was released in early 1987. This would, unfortunately, be Buckingham’s last album with the pop/rock supergroup – and he definitely ended his association with the band on a creative high note.
However, this “high note” took almost 18 months in the making.
Serving as the album’s main producer, Buckingham gives an edgy quality to everything from the haunting ‘Isn’t It Midnight‘ to the poetic ‘Seven Wonders’ to ‘Everywhere‘ to the ever-catchy ‘Little Lies‘. Though Buckingham doesn’t over-produce, his thoughtful use of synthesizers is a major asset. Without question, ‘Family Man‘ and ‘Caroline‘ are among the best songs ever written by Buckingham, who consistently brings out the best in his colleagues on this superb album.
Oh, and it has a bird on the cover which will make HRH happy as well.