Trouble in Shangri-La
More than 25 years into her career, Stevie Nicks is still a mesmerizing presence, whose blend of soft allure and fierce determination paved the way for a new generation of rock 'n' soul women.
Several of those descendents, most notably Sheryl Crow, show their debt of gratitude to Nicks on this, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman's first solo album since 1994.
Crow collaborated on five of the set's 13 tracks, most notably the true-grit gem “Sorcerer” and “Too Far From Texas”, a borderline country, steel 'n' slide saga, which also features Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks on vocals. Other A-list guests include Macy Gray, whose distinctive vocals can be heard on the mystical “Bombay Sapphires”, and Sarah McLachlan whose harmonies and piano add color to the set-closing ballad “Love Is”.
As impressive as the collaborators are, Nicks shines just fine on her own. And while the album may be a bit too retro and too faithful to her classic sound, she throws in a few surprises as well—especially the over-the-top, surging rocker “Fall From Grace”, which sounds like it could be a perfect encore for the singer during her 2001 solo tour.