Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham
There are two canonical Lindsey Buckingham songs - the balladic and melancholic “Time” and the the uptempo and celebratory “Blue Light” - on Lindsey Buckingham.
There are also eight other cuts, ranging from the virtually unlistenable EDM experiments “Swan Song” and “Power Down” to we’ve-heard-this-before tracks such as “Blind Love” (“Trouble”) and “I Don’t Mind,” which sounds like an Out of the Cradle leftover.
What makes the six non-canonical, non-EDM tracks work, some more than others, is Buckingham’s penchant for creating - he plays, sings and produced every note on his seventh solo LP - melodies and vocal arrangements out of the 1950s and wrapping them in bright, new-wavy production values. It’s not either/or; it’s both.
As for “Blue Light,” it’s a bouncy pop-rocker with stacked vocals and a rollicking arrangement that ends in a burst of a cappella joy. That comes in handy as it follows the rueful “Time,” an acoustic job that finds the former Fleetwood Mac’er taking stock of life and his career:
Some peoplе never die/and somе never live/some folks treat me mean/some treat me kind/most folks just go their way/don't pay me any mind/time, oh time/where do you go?/time, oh good good time/where did you go?, he sings in sad, slow harmony with himself.
These micro-masterpieces notwithstanding, Lindsey Buckingham is no macro-masterpiece. But those tunes, plus the fact Buckingham is still creating, make it a worthwhile endeavor.
Grade card: Lindsey Buckingham - Lindsey Buckingham - C+