Say You Will
Fleetwood Mac’s first studio album since 1995’s Time, and their first with Lindsey Buckingham since 1987’s Tango in the Night, Say You Will began as a Buckingham solo album entitled Gift of Screws. Buckingham enlisted the Fleetwood Mac rhythm section, and it became a group album with Stevie Nicks also joining the project. It feels, however, like a Nicks solo album and a Buckingham album spliced together; with 18 tracks, and a longer running time than Tusk it’s long enough to comprise two full albums. While Nicks and Buckingham sing and play on each other’s tracks, it doesn’t feel especially like Fleetwood Mac, especially without Christine McVie; she does guest on a few tracks, but she’s not an official member and doesn’t write or sing lead.
Say Your Will is overlong and disjointed, but there are enough strong songs for a respectable album; Buckingham pulls out some enjoyable power pop with ‘Miranda’ and ‘Steal Your Heart Away’, although more extreme material like the heavy ‘Come’ and the weirdness of ‘Murrow Turning Over In His Grave’ would have fit better on a solo album. Nicks scores with the straightforward title track, and ‘Running Through The Garden’, a leftover from an early solo record, but some of her material is monotonous.
Say You Will is a very respectable late period album, but with some more Christine McVie and a shorter running time, it could have been one of the group’s finest efforts.