Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

An album which stayed in the Billboard 200 chart for 31 non-consecutive weeks, got to number one, was recorded while the band members were breaking up and hooking up with each other, got critical acclaim, commercial success and is still one of the best albums  ever to be released.

“Rumours” is about heartbreak (good starting point for good art) and it was recorded, written and interpreted by 2 couples breaking up: Stevie Nicks (writer, vocalist) and Lindsey Buckingham (electric and acoustic guitar and vocal harmonies) and then the other couple were John McVie (Bassit) and  Christine McVie (Fender Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, vocal harmonies). Also, drummer Mick Fleetwood was going trough a divorce. Honestly, best album name ever?

“Rumours” Fleetwood Mac

The albums starts with “Second Hand News”, a song by Lindsey Buckingham about his breakup with band member and force of nature Stevie Nicks and him being replaced by someone new. (Yes, that someone new turned out to be the drummer Mick Fleetwod!)… Then comes my favorite song on the album and one of the best songs of that decade (the 70´s): “Dreams”. The only single to make it to Number 1. Followed by “Never Going Back Again”, “Don´t Stop” (Written by McVie about her divorce). This one is one of their most successful singles charting at No. 3 in the U.S. and 2 in the U.K. “Go Your Own Way” was written by Buckingham to describe the relationship he was having with Stevie Nicks at the time they were making the album, and “Silver Springs” (was not included in the album, but released as the B – side to this song, and it is said to be Nicks reply to Buckingham). “Silver Springs” has since then been included on some re- releases.

Side two of the album starts with a song where all the band members get writing credit: “The Chain”, The lyrics to the song say it all:

And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)
And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain (Never break the chain)

followed by “You Make Loving Fun”, “I Don´t Want to Know”, “Oh Daddy” and “Gold Dust Woman”. When it was released, the album became the fastest selling LP of all time. The album has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. It is the 14th best selling album in the U.K. and the 6th best selling album in U.S. History.

So what makes the album what is is? The fact that it has one of the most memorable songs of an era, which makes you immediately nostalgic for that era? The reflection of the personal lives of the band members which is palpable in each song? The fact that Stevie Nicks was an almost mystical figure or that the other members can hold up to that? The answer is all of those reasons but also the music. Rarely do you find records that you can listen to without skipping a song. With songs that explore beyond comfort songs and clearly show artistry and depth and trying to improve personal and professional marks and break boundaries and “give it all”. That is what makes it great, it is an album with soul and heart, unfiltered, raw and frankly phenomenal.

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2 thoughts on “Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

  1. Great article. I didn’t like Fleetwood Mac for the longest time growing up, it was overplayed and a bit mellow for me. That said, I grew up (somehow) and went back, started listening to all those bands I didn’t “Like” FM, Heart..and discovered amazing music written from the heart. Now, I listen to them all the time~

    1. Well…first of all congratulations on the growing up part!!!!!! jajaja… it happens, no? I like that about growing up, how you revisit the past and find something different and enjoyable about it…:) Thanks for your comment!

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