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My review of "In the Meantime" [Oct. 5th, 2004|09:03 pm]
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While it was a fine -- if overlong -- comeback, many Feetwood Mac fans were left high and dry when longtime keyboardist/vocalist Christine McVie chose not to return to the fold for 2003’s Say You Will. In her absence, the group’s musical balance shifted toward the high-flown stylings of legendary bandmates Lindsey Buckingham and Steve Nicks. While the yang of rock-diva lyrical flourishes and crazed distortion guitar most certainly has its place, things weren’t the same without McVie’s calming yin.

Nevertheless, Christine’s choice was made, and speculations flew. Had she lost her voice? Perhaps she’d grown sick of the music business? Could it be that her songwriting well had finally run dry? Thankfully, In the Meantime proves these guesses largely incorrect. Granting that the frequency of her releases -- the previous solo album having hit stores in 1984 -- may reflect a somewhat chilled opinion of the recording biz, McVie’s refined vocalization, solid playing and formidable composition skill remain intact.

Press releases have touted the album as a low-key, low-production affair, but one listen proves that the sound isn’t anywhere near as unpleasantly spare as those descriptors would imply. The foundations laid by McVie are nicely built upon by embellishing tracks from a small crew of studio players. The additional instrumentation improves the overall sound of the songs without demolishing the intended feel of intimacy; the extra musicians aren’t big names (the most prominent is McVie’s own nephew) and their subtle playing keeps the focus on Christine.

Seeing as In the Meantime’s songs are just as satisfying as anything she ever performed under the ’Mac, it’s a shame none of them appeared on Say You Will. That album contains enough filler that it seems as though the remaining members were trying to cover for the semi-retired Christine McVie. As this latest solo venture shows, she hasn’t used the lack of an illustrious surrounding band as an excuse to stem her creative flow.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-10-05 09:19 pm (UTC)
If this billed as an actual review for the album, and not broad commentary on the McVie/FWM situation, then I think it fails. The composition fails to focus for any length of time on the album itself, and says nothing of individual tracks. The middle paragraph bears promise, but is far too broad to be the most direct portion of a review. Even here, I count only two sentences--TWO--which directly "review" the album itself ("The foundations laid by McVie are nicely built upon by embellishing tracks from a small crew of studio players. The additional instrumentation improves the overall sound of the songs without demolishing the intended feel of intimacy; the extra musicians aren’t big names (the most prominent is McVie’s own nephew) and their subtle playing keeps the focus on Christine.")

I'm not saying it was not a mildly pleasant read, just that it was wayyy too general to be considered a review of much of anything.
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[User Picture]From: colinmarshall
2004-10-05 09:45 pm (UTC)

Lucky for me, this isn't billed as a review. It's a coin toss between "tone poem" and "verbal journey."

Hey, the paper I wrote it for only gave me 250 words, and I exceeded that. Believe me, short pieces aren't my specialty; if I could've turned in 2500 words + footnotes, I would've.
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From: blackstorms4
2004-12-22 08:53 am (UTC)

i thought it was "alright"???

the album was okay. it mean seriously, it wasn't anything special, but it was good to hear from chris considering she wasn't a part of the fleetwood mac line-up this time around. i'm still of big supporter of chris. hoping to hear from her as a solo artist.
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