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Stevie Nicks Recaptures Early Days

By Keith Spencer

In her first solo album in more than a decade, Stevie Nicks has returned stronger than ever with In Your Dreams, recapturing the magic and mysticism of her early days with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist through out the 1980s.

The first single “Secret Love” was penned back in 1975, but never used on any solo or group albums despite a likely fit. After recalling the track last year, Nicks dug the demo cassette out of her parents Phoenix home and was inspired to begin working on her new effort.

Produced by Dave Stewart of Eurhythmics and Glen Ballard, the recently released album is chocked full of narratives and lyrics that reminds Nicks’ fans of the artist they have come to know and enjoy over the years. Balancing regret and melancholy with cheerful optimism, the tracks feel comfortable and familiar.

With its boosted tempo, the album’s title track adds intensity reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac’s “Secondhand News”. In “New Orleans”, the singer longs to return to Bourbon Street in a dark yet celebratory manner while “Wide Sargasso Sea” offers a mixture of warm acoustic sounds coupled with upbeat riffs from an electric guitar.

Former flame and Fleetwood Mac band mate Lindsey Buckingham adds harmonies and guitar to “Soldier’s Angel”. Nicks visited with troops in Iraq back in 2006, and this song seems to be dedicated to their loyalty and bravery. While you may not support the war, Nicks believes it is each of our obligations to support those who serve.

For those fans looking for the songstress to delve into her fantastical side, “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)” which Nicks claims was inspired after watching Twilight: New Moon.

The songwriter also takes on the widely read poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allen Poe, previously circulated as a bootleg among fans since the early 1990s.

Widely remembered for the timeless Rumours album, Nicks’ voice has certainly degraded over time, however, it is clear that her love for music and storytelling remain strong. With some of her most romantic, nostalgic, and grounded lyrics to date, In Your Dreams is sure to continue building on Nicks’ legendary career in the months to come.

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