In the wake of his high-profile oust from Fleetwood Mac, triple bypass heart surgery and impending divorce, Lindsey Buckingham is still slinging signature riffs laden with lush layers of intrigue and hook-filled excitement.
Simply titled Lindsey Buckingham, this 10-track turbo jet has been on the tarmac for years. Said to be one of the many reasons he was fired from his flagship rock-machine Fleetwood Mac in 2018, the time following has given Buckingham a reason to roll with the punches and come out swinging with a power-punching, finger-picking, Cali-fused, quirky and timeless classic. Much like the debate on whether potato salad is actually a Thanksgiving Day staple, Lindsey Buckingham is a complete entrée with or without the Mac and the proof is in the pudding.
The album’s opening track “Scream” sets the pace with fiery hooks and rumble-tumble “Bucking” guitar riffs that carry the whispering verses into the high-flying choruses. “On the Wrong Side” is one of the more obvious Fleetwood Mac-sounding tracks, complete with a signature solo that will prompt a deep dive into back catalogues and appreciation for the great Mac-attack contribution in American rock ’n’ roll.
In a recent interview, Buckingham alluded to repairing his relationships with his wife and former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, which just goes to show that going one’s own way does have lasting benefits if it includes not stopping in thinking about tomorrow.
– Chris Rucker