Album review: "In Your Dreams"
Stevie Nicks, who began winning hearts in the 1970s when she and Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac, is back with her first solo album in a decade, "In Your Dreams." It's full of her trademark songs of love and longing, but the album is enriched by her experiences.
Consider the song "Soldier's Angel," which flows from solemn guitars that echo Nicks's world-weary vocals reflecting a soldier's mother, his wife and the soldier himself. Nicks's heartache is palpable, likely gained through her extensive charity work for the military.
Not that the album ever gets too heavy.
With "Annabel Lee," Nicks is right back to form. The song opens with soft keyboards that seem to almost sonically mimic a sprite before they give way to flowing guitars and Nicks's voice, this time as a maiden who lived with no other thought than to love and be loved. On "Cheaper Than Free," Nicks teams with producer Dave Stewart (the Eurythmics) for a duet in which they relish "what's better than alone, going home."
"In Your Dreams" is pure Nicks but with a more mature edge. It's a sound that's easy to love.
--Nancy Dunham, Sept. 2, 2011