One Track Mind: Fleetwood Mac, “Sad Angel” (2013)

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As it continues a series of reunion concerts, Fleetwood Mac is previewing some original music — its first in a decade — including the newly composed “Sad Angel,” as well as an unreleased demo from the Buckingham Nicks sessions.

“Sad Angel” begins with a staccato guitar signature, as Buckingham launches into one of his patented hurtful yodels, only to be joined by a completely reinvigorated Stevie Nicks. Despite its plaintive title, however, this thing rocks — with a muscular rhythmic counterpoint from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, and one of Buckingham’s most propulsive solos since “Holiday Road,” back in 1983.

Buckingham, who previewed “Sad Angel” at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center over the weekend, confirmed the imminent release of an EP’s worth of new music — recorded late last year before these new concert dates.

“We cut a whole bunch of stuff,” Buckingham says of 2012 sessions. “We’re not sure what we’re going to do with it yet. But one thing we know is it’s the best stuff we’ve done in a long time.”

The group also introduced the Buckingham Nicks leftover during the same Philadelphia show. “Without You” might also presumably appear on this forthcoming Fleetwood Mac release.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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