This week I have mostly been riding my skateboard and drinking orange and cranberry because it has been the turn of Stevie Nicks. We all know Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac but she also wrote a league of stuff herself and in particular, her debut album, Bella Donna, deserves to be heralded as one of the greatest debuts of all time.
Let’s forget about me listening through all of her discography waiting for Holiday Road to come on, only to discover that it’s by Lindsey Buckingham.
Now Stevie Nicks is one of the coolest musicians in the world and has a voice that is so identifiable, and with such a sense of promise and nostalgia for me, that it was clear this was not going to be a tough listen or a tough week to indulge in. From the opening strains of Bella Donna, I knew I was in for a treat and the various feature performances she has made in more recent years are also not to be sniffed at. It speaks volumes that everyone wants to work with her, from Miley Cyrus to Shania Twain to Maroon 5 (but she can’t be held responsible for that last one).
Her thrilling vocal takes, dreamy floating essence and power are not to be overestimated. It’s made me look at Fleetwood Mac in a new way, even if Rumours is always going to be better than Tusk (to me).
It’s songs like Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Rooms On Fire and Leather and Lace that confirm to me that Stevie Nicks deserves the reverence to which she is held.
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