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Monday, March 4, 2013

Album Review: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)

I tend to agree with the findings of most music reviewers when it comes to albums of great importance and significance in the history of popular music.  Of course, the late Michael Jackson’s Thriller garners great admiration and respect for, at the very least, its impact on the 80s generations, and the likes of Paul Simon’s Graceland will sometimes tell us to expect the unexpected in the most favorable ways.  Of course, just because an album sells like the proverbial hotcakes doesn’t intrinsically equate to it being any good – Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road being a classic case, but it's more often than not that does the consumer prove most discerning in their tastes.  Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours has sold in the tens of millions, and frankly, the sales figures are justified.  And given that most Fleetwood Mac ‘best of’ compilations are essentially Rumours with assorted choice picks from across the rest of the band’s discography bolted on, it goes without saying that this record encompasses everything good about Fleetwood Mac.  “You Make Loving Fun”, “Dreams”, “Second Hand News”, yeah, they’re great.  But don’t forget about “I Don’t Want to Know.”  In saying that, you may not want to know, “Oh Daddy”, and “Silver Springs (on some reissues only).”  I’m not too enthusiastic about them.  But I’ll let you decide that for yourself.  A