Take a sit for this year is Rumours' 40th anniversary. So, allow me to rank the album's tracks. I know what I'm doing, don't worry. The album is, after all, my favourite album of all-time.
Release date: 04/02/1977
Genre: Pop, soft rock, classical rock
11. Oh Daddy
On number 11 we have Oh Daddy, probably my least favourite track on Rumours, though it is a great song nonetheless. Well, what coincides with this being at the bottom was because Silver Springs, written by Stevie Nicks against Lindsey Buckingham, had been left off the album, of which I thought would instantly slot into here. But, alas, this Christine McVie track is still emotional and powerful, though its replay power doesn't match up well enough to the other ten tracks on this album. I won't skip it though, so that is still a compliment nonetheless.
10. Gold Dust Woman
Blasphemy! I know, I know. Gold Dust Woman is probably a little too low here, but when you have an album full of great songs, sometimes there's got to be no love left for the others. There is love here, though, don't get me wrong, and this cocaine-inspired track bridges the gap between the Buckingham's easy-picking guitars and Nicks's sultry vocals. The chorus with Buckingham and Nicks harmonize well, as they do throughout the album, and you will be hearing more of it as we climb the ranks on Rumours. It's an easy listen too, and never gets old.
9. Don't Stop
Don't Stop ends its ride here, but what a great pop song this is. Matched well by Buckingham's magical guitars and the combination of vocals between him and Christine, in which she begins the song with a heartwarming piano melody. It's a good song and that is what it really is.
A Christine McVie solo classic, I came to love Songbird after hearing it on repeat during live recordings, and for me it was the reason it managed to capture that sentimental essence. The song is dedicated to bassist John McVie and their ending marriage, but the song also relates well to Lindsey and Stevie, and how the song birds are about them singing, and contrasting their band members' relationship to their own. The piano is perfect. Christine's vocals are tender. And I have no qualms with this song. It gets better on repeated listening, for sure.
7. I Don't Want to Know
If there's a guilty pleasure, it would be this. I Don't Want to Know features the duality and vocals of Stevie and Lindsey, and how they work well with another is a joy to listen to. Not to forget, the song doesn't fare well with a lot of people, but I just love it. It's probably the breezy guitars from Lindsey, or the immediate claps spread throughout the song that invites a bouncy nature, but I love this song.
6. Never Going Back Again
We get to the first Buckingham-driven track in Never Going Back Again, which showcases Buckingham's signature guitar works and why he is one of the greatest guitarists to ever walk this planet. There's a very harrowing and wanting tone in Buckingham's performance, and the guitars add so much texture to the song and elevates it from being a solid acoustic to a wonderful addition to Rumours. It doesn't hurt that the song is one of the best in Buckingham's discography.
5. Second Hand News
One thing I think you should know, I ain't gonna' miss you when you go. The album opener Second Hand News remains to be one of my most played Fleetwood Mac songs because of its catchy nature and its easy-going production. I mean, just the Buckingham breakdowns with the 'bou-bou-bou' is great, timeless and lends a lot of fun to the song. Also, it helps that it kicks you into a good mood, which is always a great welcome.
4. You Make Loving Fun
If there is one song that never fails to make me smile, it's You Make Loving Fun. With John McVie's drilling bass and Mick Fleetwood's drums paving the way for Christine McVie to shine, albeit with her talking about another affair, the song is still one of the most grooviest in the band's discography. Apart from Nicks' prominent vocals, everything else is here, and that's what makes it one of the best songs on the album, and an all-round fantastic experience.
3. Go Your Own Way
One of the most iconic rock hits for the last four decades, this Lindsey Buckingham-lead track is easily one of Fleetwood Mac's best songs of all-time. Charged by the break-up with Stevie, Go Your Own Way taps into Buckingham's fury and anger, and displays it all out for all to hear. What doesn't help is that Stevie has to cover the backing vocals for the track during live sessions, so that must be hard to deal with. But with Buckingham's shredding solo, accompanied by the pacey drums from Mick Fleetwood, this song is truly mesmerizing. If you want to stop for another thirty listens, we could do that. Did I say I love this song? I love this song.
Speaking of love and the band's only number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, Dreams is Stevie Nicks's perspective on her relationship with Lindsey. Accompanied by amazing performances vocals-wise from Lindsey, Christine and Stevie, and John McVie's ever-great bass, that cymbal smash from Mick during the exchanges from the verse and chorus, there is not much else to say about this song that you don't already know. It's perfect, and that is all.
1. The Chain
At number 1, it is the one and only track that has all of the members included contributing to it. And that is The Chain. My God. Don't mind the fact that Rumours is known for its stellar hits all across the board, but this song was one of the more underrated tracks from the band, and has since slowly gained traction and recognition, and for good reason. Featuring the cast of the band in one great spectacular performance of a song, this song encapsulates rush and fervor incredibly well. The last minute and half of this song is superb. From McVie's gargantuan bass to the onrushing screeching of Buckingham's guitars, to the harmonious gang vocals -- this song is a dream come true.
And so, it is without a doubt that I would have to give a review and rating for the album, but I could only give a number. And here it is, the highest score that I could give. And on merits, Rumours is one of the best albums ever made, and my favourite album of all-time.
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