Greatest Hits (Fleetwood Mac)
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Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits aptly named album truly is Fleetwood Mac's greatest hits.
I am not sure how the order of the tracks was selected as it was not by year, writer, or vocalist. They may be ordered by their highest ranking on the US chart, but I am not positive. Whatever the criteria though, the order works extremely well to make a cohesive feeling album.
Rhiannon is a great song to start an album on with its very distinctive melodic guitar; if I ever become more serious about learning to play my guitar, this will be the first song I plan on mastering. Lindsey Buckingham is my favorite of the three vocalists in most recognizable incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, so I was pleased to note that the second and third track are both - at least in part - sung by him. The former of these, "Don't Stop" has a more upbeat sound than many of the songs on the album while the latter - "Go Your Own Way" is, in my opinion, Fleetwood Mac's best piece. The fact that I have yet to hear a bad cover of this which, from my experience, is very unusual points to the incredible song writing talent that Buckingham - and the group as a whole - possess.
Christine McVie's phenomenal keyboarding skills can be heard in "Hold Me" as well as impressive harmony between McVie and Buckingham. "Everywhere" has a baseline that fits perfectly with the decade that it was written - the 1980's - while still managing to sound like Fleetwood Mac. Gypsy, probably one of the most recognizable tracks, prominently features Stevie Nicks vocals and has a blues feel to it. By contrast, "You Make Loving Fun" is probably the best song on the album for showcasing McVie's vocals. "As Long as You Follow" is a rather sedate track, and almost feels like an intermission in the album or a kind of palate cleanser; the guitar "twangy" guitar and vocals make this track feel a little like it belongs on a Country album.
"Dreams", like the preceding track, also has a "twangy" feel to it, but sounds much more like the majority of Fleetwood Mac's body of work with harmony between the three vocalists. "Say You Love Me", another of McVie's songs, and her keyboard playing can be distinctly heard. It seems like on every "greatest hits" album, there has to be one track that I don't like; on this album, it happens to be "Tusk". This song just doesn't sound like Fleetwood Mac to me, the normally prominent vocals are subdued and the drum is overpowering. I consider "Little Lies" to be McVie's best song and features melodic vocals and guitar. This track features good use of stereo during the choruses and the vocals - like the baseline from "Everywhere" - definitely signifies what decade the song was written.
Another Nicks song, "Sara", while not bad, does not live up to my expectations of "Rhiannon" or "Gypsy". Another track that, to me at least, does not sound like Fleetwood Mac, is "Big Love"; this does feel like many other songs from the 1980's though. "Over My Head" is another of the plethora of McVie written and vocalized tracks on the album. Finally, "No Questions Asked" features well performed vocals by Nicks with strong guitar and drums.
Greatest Hits is a must buy for any Fleetwood Mac fan as it contains their best music from the most recognizable member.