Music review: 'A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac' Various Artists

The songs of Fleetwood Mac are covered by an all-star lineup of bands and solo artists.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Entertainment EditorStaff Writer email@opubco.com Published: August 3, 2012
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Various Artists ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac' (Hear Music)

Fleetwood Mac has been through many phases over the years, evolving from a bruising British blues-rock bunch in the late '60s to a slick pop-rock hit-making ensemble of the '70s and early '80s, and “Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac” gathers a lineup of artists as eclectic as the storied band's songbook, all putting their own stylistic stamps on hits and album tracks alike for this excellent all-star cover album.

And when it all shakes out, gypsy seductress Stevie Nicks is the most-favored song scribe of all the composers who've come and gone, covered on 10 of the 17 tracks, with founding guitarist Peter Green running a distant second.

The best of the Nicks numbers is model-turned-singer-songwriter Karen Elson's psych-blues revamping of “Gold Dust Woman,” set against a spacey background of acoustic slide guitar, electronic beats and synthesized white noise supplied by Beck Hansen. Antony's dramatic warble and Rob Moose's folky acoustic guitar bring wistfulness and wonder to Nicks' melancholic “Landslide,” Shudder To Think's Craig Wedren teams with Tulsa's Annie Clark — aka St. Vincent — to turn “Sisters of the Moon” into an exhilarating electronica-fueled rocket ride, and alternative garage-rockers the Kills bring bluesy tremolo- and reverb-enhanced atmospherics to Nicks' “Dreams.”

Meanwhile, the Lee Renaldo Band hooks up with Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis to turn Green's two-chord instrumental “Albatros” into a cinematic sunset theme fit for the soundtrack of a Bruce Brown surfing film.

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