Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold — Songs From the Vault

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This is a collection of Nicks’s tunes, the ones she had just lying around and it’s, well, a Stevie Nicks album.

Despite the fact that the tracks are from various years (between 1969 and 1987), it holds together well as a body of work. Recorded in Nashville with a group of session players (including Dave Stewart, also producing) it features new versions of the songs.

At 15 tracks it’s maybe a little too long — a couple are just fillers — but there’s some good stuff on here. Perhaps not her best, but they are her most personal.

The good songs (Starshine, Mabel Normand and the title track) are really good, and a couple of slower ones (Lady and Blue Water) could’ve been songs that would close side one of a Fleetwood Mac album in their prime.

The downside is that in places the band are chilled out to the point of lounge music, though this does mean it’s a nicely laid back collection.

As well as Dave Stewart, Mark Knopfler chips in by co-writing a song.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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