‘We get chills when we hear them': Christine McVie previews new Fleetwood Mac music

Despite boasting a tenure with the group that lasted from 1970-97, Christine McVie sounds as if working with Fleetwood Mac is all brand new again. In fact, she struggles a bit to put things into words.

McVie has returned to the studio with her old band, constructing original songs again with Lindsey Buckingham and Company after a 15-year retirement. Moreover, Fleetwood Mac’s forthcoming new album — which doesn’t yet have firm release date — finds Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks in the same studio for the first time since Tango in the Night, all the way back in 1987.

So, perhaps it’s easy to see why she’s so excited: “There’s a whole variety of songs,” she says, “starting from sort of blues-based songs to very commercial songs, really. It’s very, very exciting and very, very — I don’t know. We get chills when we hear them.”

Buckingham earlier said that they’d completed eight new songs — and he’s hinted there may be enough for a double album. That’s fitting, actually, since tracks like “Too Far Gone,” “Red Sun” and “Carnival Begin” are being recorded in part at the same studios where Fleetwood Mac produced Tusk back in 1979.

Something Else!

The Something Else! webzine, an accredited Google News affiliate, has been featured in The New York Times and NPR.com's A Blog Supreme, while our writers have also been published by USA Today, Jazz.com and UltimateClassicRock.com, among others. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.