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Tusk

Fleetwood Mac

1979

Tusk
Album Summary

Tusk is the twelfth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released as a double album on 12 October 1979. It is considered more experimental than their previous albums: partly a consequence of Lindsey Buckingham's sparser songwriting arrangements and the influence of post-punk. The production costs were estimated to be over $1 million (equivalent to $3.73 million in 2021), making it the most expensive rock album recorded to that date.The band embarked on a nine-month tour to promote Tusk. They travelled extensively across the world, including the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK. In Germany, they shared the bill with Bob Marley. On this world tour, the band recorded music for the Fleetwood Mac Live album released in 1980.Compared to 1977's Rumours, which sold 10 million copies by February 1978, Tusk was regarded as a commercial failure by the label, selling four million copies. In 2013, NME ranked Tusk at number 445 in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. In 2000 it was voted number 853 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

More than any other Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk is born of a particular time and place -- it could only have been created in the aftermath of Rumours, which shattered sales records, which in turn gave the group a blank check for its next album. But if they were falling apart during the making of Rumours, they were officially broken and shattered during the making of Tusk, and that disconnect between bandmembers resulted in a sprawling, incoherent, and utterly brilliant 20-track double album. At the time of its release, it was a flop, never reaching the top of the charts and never spawning a true hit single, despite two well-received Top Ten hits. Coming after the monumental Rumours, this was a huge disappointment, but the truth of the matter is that Fleetwood Mac couldn't top that success no matter how hard they tried, so it was better for them to indulge themselves and come up with something as unique as Tusk. Lindsey Buckingham directed both Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, but he dominates here, composing nearly half the album, and giving Christine McVie's and Stevie Nicks' songs an ethereal, floating quality that turns them into welcome respites from the seriously twisted immersions into Buckingham's id. This is the ultimate cocaine album -- it's mellow for long stretches, and then bursts wide open in manic, frantic explosions, such as the mounting tension on "The Ledge" or the rampaging "That's Enough for Me," or the marching band-driven paranoia of the title track, all of which are relieved by smooth, reflective work from all three songwriters. While McVie and Nicks contribute some excellent songs, Buckingham owns this record with his nervous energy and obsessive production, winding up with a fussily detailed yet wildly messy record unlike any other. This is mainstream madness, crazier than Buckingham's idol Brian Wilson and weirder than any number of cult classics. Of course, that's why it bombed upon its original release, but Tusk is a bracing, weirdly affecting work that may not be as universal or immediate as Rumours, but is every bit as classic. As a piece of pop art, it's peerless.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
2

The 'live, laugh, love' of music.

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

I think this album is great. It really took me by surprise when I first heard it and it gave me newfound respect for them - particularly Lindsey Buckingham, who is the mad genius behind the more manic bursts on the album (the ones I enjoy the most). This is an amazingly brave album to make as the follow up to a pop masterpiece smash hit. They still pull off the pristine pop songcraft while also unleashing their inner weirdo. It's a win-win. A bit schizophrenic but I think in this case it's all the better for it. A wooden rollercoaster ride and probably a good reflection of their own states of mind at the time.

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Tue May 17 2022
2

A rotten record..I heard a remaster, which still sounds as tho it were recorded in a fridge freezer.. Drumming sounds like someone building a shed .Vocals all over the place..Peter Green's FM, Band Played on and Kiln are much better records..

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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

I can hear in this album why some people appreciate this band so much. I don't have much history with them, other than being familiar with the hits. I like the driving beat that permeates many of the songs, it makes me feel like I'm on a journey, looking out the window of the Amtrak at the mountains or something. I also like that they become unhinged (for them) at certain moments, and showcase some messiness alongside the otherwise unobjectionable prettiness. The mix of vocalists works for me too because there is not one that I object to. All in all, a good album that I would listen to again.

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Fri Dec 04 2020
2

There's a reason people gush over Rumors and not Tusk. This whole album feels like a really long demo tape. And I'm listening to a 2015 remastered version. And still, the album is full of rough ideas, unfinished thoughts, sketchy instrumentation, and half-assed lyrics. I get that, among a certain generation of music critics, Fleetwood Mac is one of those darling bands but I cannot understand why THIS album is on the list. I'm not a FM fan and even I know that they have better albums than this one.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Lindsey Buckinghams tracks really stood out to me.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
2

Not a fan of this. Nothing which is particularly bad, but nothing which I particularly enjoyed either. Sisters of the Moon, I Know I'm Not Wrong, Never Forget and especially the title track were exceptions, but four songs out of 20 isn't a great turnout

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Tue Mar 21 2023
2

I expected to like this one a lot more than I did.

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Sat Mar 06 2021
1

Edgeless boring uninteresting dreck

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

It’s so cold and claustrophobic and incredible.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
5

How to follow up 'Rumours'? With a double album of course! A real mixed back of lush songs and lo-fi ones next to each other. Still great tunes all throughout the album though. Not a duff track in sight. Best tracks: (Disc 1) The Ledge, What Makes You Think You're The One, Sisters of the Moon (Disc 2) That's Enough For Me, I Know I'm Not Wrong, Walk a Thin Line

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Mon Sep 06 2021
5

I'm so excited, my first Fleetwood Mac album on here. This is the album you didn’t really hear about too much for years, but over time listeners have come to appreciate it. I think it’s because people didn’t know what to make of Tusk. It was eternally in the shadow of what came before it, big and ambitious as the band may have tried to make it. After Rumours, Tusk was considered a failure as an album, but I don’t think they could have made a better album under those circumstances. The band was a crazy success, and they were also on the verge of falling apart. The double album was risky, and boy do they go big with the risk. They bring in the USC marching band to play on the title track, for Pete's sake. Stylistically it’s kind of a mess from the outset. It starts out all soft and sweet with Christine McVie on “Over & Over,” then throws you headfirst into the frenetic wackiness of Buckingham’s “The Edge.” Then! They throw on the brakes for McVie again in “Think About Me.” That drove me crazy the first time I sat through this album, the way the mood and the flow of the album is all over the place, but if you just lean into the disarray and stop expecting it to go in a particular direction, you will enjoy this album so much more. Lindsey Buckingham's guitar work is beautiful, as always. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie hold up the backbone as tightly as ever, and all three vocalists are in top form. The arrangements are solid, utilizing a lot of layered vocals and instrumentation. Buckingham is the dominant force on the album, but the more cool and restrained energy of Christine McVie really helps to temper his wackadoo brilliance. Stevie Nicks is a force of nature, bringing warmth and heart to the table as well as some incredibly personal songwriting. It really takes all these artists working together to pull off some special magic that, honestly, none of them have ever captured in their solo work. For all of its perceived (and real) flaws, I'm still happy to just give this album the full five stars. Other bands wish they could be so disorganized and still end up sounding so great. Fave Songs: Sara, Tusk, Think About Me, Sisters of the Moon, Beautiful Child

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Love Tusk. Perfect blend of calm, melancholic, and frantic

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Thu Nov 05 2020
4

Rumours can never be matched because it just holds your attention through the whole album in this really unique way that few albums can do, but Tusk is like the cooler older sibling to Rumours. More chilled out, more suave, easier listening. More diversity between tracks. I'm in love.

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Sat Mar 18 2023
4

Good album but a bit long and slow in parts

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Fri Mar 24 2023
4

Tusk is Fleetwood Mac's 12th studio album, and the one that came directly after the phenomenal record "Rumours". Bearing that in mind, the same kind of thing happened to Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (it directly followed a stellar album, and paled in comparison, because it was held to the same lofty standards as its predecessor). Going into the recording of Tusk, the band decided that they wanted this record to sound in no way like its predecessor. They didn't want to get stick in a rut of just regurgitating similar ideas for easy sales. They also decided they wanted Tusk to be a double album. Lindsey Buckingham, the bands lead guitarist and co-singer was in love with the post punk movement that was taking place at the time, especially with bands like Talking Heads. He wanted Fleetwood Mac to stay current in the music world, so pushed the band to experiment more with these types of sounds and styles. What this all led to was a VERY different sounding Fleetwood Mac. I think that caught a lot of people off guard, and led to the album flopping, but if you can listen to this album, and forget all your preconceived notions of what Fleetwood Mac should sound like, you can certainly see a few "diamonds in the rough" so to speak on this record. I think the song Tusk is the weirdest of the bunch, with the inclusion of a marching band as background music. Overall, a great record today. Don't get me wrong, Rumours is Fleetwood Mac's golden album, but this is still an excellent record all the same. Will definately listen again. Favourite songs: Sisters of the Moon, Angel, Think About Me, That's Enough For Me, Storms, What Makes You Think You're the One, Sara, The Ledge, Over & Over, Tusk Least favourite songs: Brown Eyes, Walk a Thin Line, Not That Funny 4/5

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Fri Dec 01 2023
3

A few songs I liked, but generally a little too slow and samey.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
3

Unfortunately as bland as the album cover art. I’m never a fan of a “double album” like this. Like come on, cut it down to just down to essential tracks. Lindsey buckingham christie mcvie and Stevie nicks vocals are still timeless but not enough to make this shine. I was surprised to read in the little “wiki” section that this was supposed to be an experimental album, as it feels very weak and almost intentional to not be like rumors

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Thu Mar 23 2023
2

Not enough quality for a single album put into a double album. Not my favourite you may guess.

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Sat May 27 2023
2

This album started out with me hopeful it would get better as it went on, but it ended with me bored. Parts I liked, but most of it dragged, and the inflated length didn't help. Not bad, but is this really an all important album? Is Fleetwood Mac an all important band, for that matter?

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Sat Jan 20 2024
2

I said it about Rumours and I’ll say it again about this record: No one would give half a fuck about this band if they weren’t an absolute trainwreck of cocaine and affairs. That the album covers of their most successful records are beige is fitting because they are exceptionally inoffensive and middle of the road. You want a Fleetwood Mac record you should actually hear before you die? Go listen to Bare Trees.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
1

I didn't like it, I gave up half way through at the song Storms.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
1

Fuck this SUCKED. What a chore to sit through. Didn't even have the annoying catchiness of Rumours. I genuinely hated every moment, and it went for av LONG time. 1/5.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Better than rumors, and probably the most consistent double album ive heard (rumors has better highs though)

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

what makes you think you're the one?

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

J’adore fleetwoodmac et c’est dans leur top 5. 5*

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Mon May 10 2021
5

10/10 one if their best albums favorite song: sara, storms

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Beautiful album, as expected by Fleetwood

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Thu Jul 29 2021
5

Not as good as Rumours but good in its own way

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Saved this for Sunday morning. Such a great background track to my long drive.. Loved it

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Mon Sep 13 2021
5

Very good album I enjoyed it

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

A lot of variety in this album. Enjoyed the different vocals of the 3 singers. Quite long but never got fed up

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

Daa da da daa da da da da da da daa dun dun dun tusk

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Never heard Tusk before this. Loved it.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Great sounds. A very excellent first album on my journey through 1000

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Very chill. like to listen to more their songs

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

Crazy - hadn’t heard this. Love the kick off track and “Sara”. Not a big Buckingham fan (who leads the charge here) but credit where credit is due.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

I had listened to this before and didn’t get it but this time I LOVED it. TUSK!

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Finally, Fleetwood Cheese Perfect amount of song diversity

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Not their very best, but still fantastic. Actually prefer the Nicks and McVie contributions to the Buckingham ones.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Four stars and a half. An all-time classic, and an album which still holds its own many years after it was released. Of course, it's a double album, so it's sprawling and lacking cohesion somehow. But the association of Lindsey Buckingham's sonic experimentations with Stevie Nicks or Christine McVie's pop stunners is an irresistible ticket, and one of Fleetwood Mac's most interesting records, right after the incredible artistic and commercial success that *Rumours* was. It's a little odd to think this album was released in the same years punk was proving its influence would have to be taken into account from now on (even as they were a hit machine, Fleetwood Mac was also a little anachronistic in their heyday). But in a way, it *also* makes sense that *Tusk* should be released in the same year as The Clash's *London Calling*, for instance. The relationships between the band members had become notoriously chaotic and strained, drugs and booze were a significant part of the album's budget, and Buckingham's songs proved he wanted to explore a more *abrasive* side of things. As a result of this particular "energy", this record goes over all the place, like the needle of a compass maniacally turning on itself. *Tusk* might not be a punk album sonically speaking. But its "spirit" is not so far off that mark. As is usually the case with those classic albums, I won't write a full-blown review here given that others have already written wonderful stuff about them and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. *Tusk* is just a timeless gem for anyone who has even a remote interest in Fleetwood Mac. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. if you haven't already. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 968 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 13 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 10

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

I think this album sometimes gets hidden behind Rumours, but it's really fantastic and triumphant. One of the best listening experiences I've had in a while.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

Different and slower, but an amazing follow-up to "Rumours."

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Sun Apr 24 2022
5

chicks rock. I knew right away this was a 5-star album: this record starts great and doesn’t cease until the end of the last song. Lucious, diverse, joyful, passionate; it’s like if the Beach Boys made Pet Sounds in 1979.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

My new favorite Fleetwood Mac album. Can’t believe I’ve never heard this.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Tusk is the result of obsessive behavior in the studio, a deep desire not to make Rumours 2, having access to the Beach Boy’s aborted Smile sessions, and a healthy interest in new wave/post-punk. Largely driven by Lindsay Buckingham, this sprawling album really does cover it all. Some songs have a more new wave like frenetic pop energy, while others are more thoughtful meandering songs that make up some of the best of Fleetwood Mac’s catalogue. This album has some undeniably gorgeous moments but I do think it suffers some from the grandiosity of Buckingham’s vision and need for control. Overall, I think I still have to give it a full five stars because while it’s not perfect, it is still a deeply textured and beautiful album.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

I don't think I've really ever been "disappointed" by a Fleetwood Mac album yet. This album wasn't as familiar to me as Rumours, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Still very much a pop record, but with some pretty creative decisions being made. All welcome to my ears. I can see this becoming one of my favorites.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

This album is slightly more experimental than its predecessor, but it is equally accessible and just as good. Like any other great Fleetwood Mac album (FM, Rumours, this one, Mirage, Tango in the Night, all 5 stars) each of the songs is immediately recognizable as a CMcV/LB/SN song... ..yet you get the feeling that although these songs would still be good, they would be quite a bit less good if they had appeared on any of their solo albums.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

My favorite album by my favorite band

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Im sure when it came out, this album was received awfully because of its sense of chaos. But listening to it in 2022, it sounds like a Fleetwood Mac tribute playlist on shuffle. I loved everything about it.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
5

Storms <3 . Never Forget muito boa também.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

Excellent start to finish!!!

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

SLAYYYY thank you stevie and christine.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

Rumours is one of my top 3 records of all time, and while Tusk doesnt come nearly as close to the top, I still absolutely adore it. So many wild choices were made with Tusk to set itself apart from Rumours' shadow, and while it misses the mark pretty often it is still brimming with creativity and a strong double album of 8/10's is still so respectable I consider Rumours to be the front end store, the smaller curated selection of the best songs, and Tusk is like the warehouse behind it. Once you get hooked on Rumours and want to explore the sound further, you can wonder into this double album and look through all of their different ideas that wouldnt see the light of day in the same way that The Chain or You Can Go Your Own Way did. It's more work, less immediately rewarding, but Think About Me, Sara, Walk a Thin Line, and so many other tracks slowly unfold for the patient listener and have their own treasures to reveal. 5 stars, fleetwood mac continue to deserve their place in history

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Good I liked them before and this album slaps

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

The album opens slow and beautiful with over and over, a very good track but not a song that I would open an album with ( kinda disappointing seeing that rumours is like the best sequenced album of all time) still a great track though! The ledge is a very energetic with amazing bass work but without the vocals I wouldn’t know it was a fleetwood Mac song it’s so different to anything I’ve herd from them. Think about me just screams fleetwood mac single to me it has the groove of you make loving fun or Rhiannon but the pop rockiness of go your own way yeah this one’s great. Save me a place kinda feels like fleetwood filler but it’s still rather nice sounding and I really like the drumming. Sara is an amazing closer to side one, it’s very obviously Stevie Nicks track right from the first second which is great ; one of the best so far in an album i’am really liking! What makes me think you’re the one is a great track but I think the drums are slightly too high in the mix if I were to be really nit picky but it’s really hard to complain about this album. Storms (like sara) is an amazing (very Stevie Nicks) track it’s absolutely amazing! That’s all for everyone is this amazingly droany sounding piece of pop music I especially love Buckingham’s vocals on this one. I don’t hate not that funny (it’s a good single) but I think in comparison to the other tracks this is just a bit dumb. Sisters of the moon is absolutely perfect dark yet beautiful (this is really Stevie Nicks album so far)! Angel is good, a brilliant start to side two especially love the guitar work. That’s enough for me is a rocky folk track it’s really short though so it honestly didn’t leave a big impression on me. Brown eyes is cool I really like the simple drum and bass blend with some guitars (played by original member peter green) quietly featuring in the background. Never make you cry (like brown eyes) is another Christine McVie track this one is also quite simple but effective being a rather short track with a simple slow pulsating guitar flowing all of the way through. Side 3 ends on I know i’am not wrong a super upbeat track that i’am very surprised wasn’t released as a single it’s brilliant (especially for its guitar work). The instrumentation on honey hi is so sublime (I know it always is but this in particular is spectacular). Beautiful child is beautiful Stevie Nicks final blow on the album and well all her songs have been so masterful on this album! The vocal harmonies on walk the thin line are stellar it’s an amazing late album banger. Tusk is the only song I’ve herd before and that’s only because my grandad kept on moaning about how it’s all drum no substance… well I disagree by a country mile but I think it sounds more like an album opener than a penultimate track in a double album (but that’s just silly sequencing preferences). Never forget ( on an instrumental level) made me think of a happy version of gold dust woman, both of which are 10/10 closers. It’s a really,really good album all the way through no song is bad, which I was very surprised by, but I still have a white album like temptation to try shorten the tracklist that’s not a bad thing for me though I just like fiddling with albums. 5/5 was blown away it’s almost as good as Rumours and especially an essential if you’re really into fleetwood mac!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

I'm well familiar with this album as it was my boyfriend's favorite and I always think of driving around in his green Talon in the late 90s/early 00s as he stuck this in the CD player. Of course Rumors was seared in my mind and I knew a few Tusk songs but was far from familiar with the album back then. I LOVE that the first song is a Christine McVie. This album really shows off the beauty of Fleetwood Mac and I mean that from a musical and equitable social view. How many bands from this era shared the spotlight equally among the women and men members? I love that they waited till track 5 to hear Stevie's magic 'cause when she kicks in it hits hard. Odd to me that this album was not well received. I guess after Rumors anything they put out would suffer a poor reception. Combined with the stories around the cost of this album, I can understand. However, I hope time has done its job and pushed this one up into one of the greats. It is on this list so I guess time is working! I wish someone could explain the album cover to me. I did a search and read that Tusk is a euphemism for penis. That pissed off Stevie and she threatened to leave but Mick was adamant. ok...whatevs but what the heck is the dog all about? If you google original album art for Tusk it looked much cooler than this.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

No shit! I wondered if this would be the album of the day as I was getting dressed this morning. On the short list for my all-time favorite album period. It's not perfect, but it's a five. Twice. When I bought this on vinyl back in 1979, I felt almost a mystical connection to this album. Listening to it now is taking me back. Great headphone listen. At the time of its release (as a 12 year old) I was not thinking about what a wild departure this was from Rumours, the album that preceded it, the biggest-selling record in its day. But in retrospect, that album's success had monumental influence on what Fleetwood Mac would do next. I LOVE that the band, and most specifically Linsdsey Buckingham, went full-on White Album and produced the strangest follow-up possible. Double album, sprawling in scope, sonically a massive departure... it's the album where (IMO) Buckingham found himself as a producer. And to have the exceptional combination of talent to work with gives this album such beautiful depth. All of Christine McVie's songs on this album are fantastic. I love the opener, "Over And Over," and the swell of ghostly harmonies totally lets you know early on that we're not in Rumoursville any more. "Think About Me," "Honey Hi," "Never Forget," and "Brown Eyes" are gems, and even at her sappiest ("Never Make Me Cry") there's an honesty that just works. Buckingham, beyond the freaking magnificent production and arrangements throughout, pens some of the oddest pop songs on this album, and I love them all. "I Know I'm Not Wrong" is just magic, and "Walk A Thin Line" is equally excellent and odd. The fact that "Tusk" is the most enduring song on the album tells you something. Any other pop tunes feature jungle rhythms and a marching band? Not many. "Sara" may be Stevie's finest tune — hard to say, she's got a lot of great tunes — but what a mood she sets (again, Buckingham and the band have lots to do with that). But this is where my "not a perfect album" comment comes in. "Sara" apparently had 14 verses and a running time of 14 minutes when first written. Every one of Stevie's songs on this album tends toward excess in regard to sheer length. Each song on its own is pretty excellent, but an album (or two) full of Stevie in long-form gets a little tired. Still, "Storms" and "Beautiful Child" are both marvelous and sad and are reasons I was among the millions who fell in love with Stevie. Like, seriously. Mick Fleetwood is an underappreciated drummer. He always serves the song, and has an uncanny knack for accenting beats other drummers wouldn't think of. On this album, it sounds like he recorded more tracks in a closet with a snare drum and a turkey leg than behind a full kit. And so be it. That's the aesthetic of this oddball record. And John McVie is another unsung hero — player of myriad memorable bass lines — "Brown Eyes" is a great example of his ability to sneak a sweet bass line into a rhythm track and make a song better. I could go on, but you get it. I bought the 1001 Albums book soon after we began this adventure, and this was the first album I checked in on to see if it was included. So happy it was. I hope you all enjoyed it.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Utterly fabulous. Stevie Nicks in particular is epic on this album. Buckingham's stuff at its best with the slow grooves - Walk A Thin Line - rather than the jittery stuff that peppers the rest of the album, although that does break stuff up and successfully keeps me engaged. Exception that proves the rule however is Tusk itself which is wonderful.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

"Storms" have made me cry so many times it's not even funny anymore. 5

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

most people think that “rumours” is fleetwood mac’s best album, i think it’s tusk. this album is so wonderful in every way. it was ahead of its time.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Love anything by Fleetwood Mac.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

Bare klasse, melodier holder stadig, stemningsfyldt, vanvittig vokal og lyrik

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

This is a great album, deftly balancing differing styles of pop music, from Country - rock to contemporary pop to americana to indie-style rock to straight-up rock all with a deftness, subtlty and skill that would make you wonder if they are one of the best bands at each of the above genres. It doesn't have as many straight ahead rockers or classic songs as its predecesser; Rumours but it is full of really great lesser known tunes. In fact this is the rare double album with almost no filler. After spending the time to get to know it I feel like its among the great double albums of all time, up there with London Calling, Exile on Maine Street and The Beatles. Bravo! 5 stars

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Thu Nov 03 2022
5

An incredible turning point in the long and storied career of Fleetwood Mac. Just like Bob Welch had done years before, Lindsey Buckingham took over and made the band in his own image, if just for a while.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

I really love Tusk. We had it in our household when it came out since we had been a big Rumours household. I don’t think it was ever quite as popular on our turntable as Rumours, but it had several really memorable parts that have followed me. The title track is weird and wonderful, and I love Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks’ contributions. Sara is one of my favorite Stevie Nicks songs and it is just wonderful to bask in the full 6:31 album version. I love that Fleetwood Mac gave us the perfect jewel that is Rumours then followed up with something so experimental and wonderful. An incredible one-two punch from an incredible band!

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

As much as I loved rumors, I was never compelled to invest in Tusk. So, this is mostly new to me. I wasn’t immediately sold on it, but I am coming around. I’m kind of torn, as I don’t know that I love it…certainly some tracks I could do without. I’ll bump up because I find Christie and Stevie so captivating.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

This was the first Fleetwood Mac album I ever had, circa 1981. Turns out the album I wanted was Rumours, but this is the one I got. While it could still be argued that "Tusk" is my favorite Fleetwood Mac song ever, and I listened to the song itself quite a lot, the rest of the album didn't get so much play. And decades passed. Turns out, I just needed to listen to it as an older person. I realized I was listening to really great songs. I really enjoyed this.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

How does anyone follow up Rumors? I think most people would break under the pressure, fortunately Fleetwood Mac were already a pretty broken and fractured unit. And it really shows in their work, more through the music here than on Rumors, where the tension was all about the lyrics. Tusk is a sprawling record that makes huge tonal shifts as it jumps between songwriters. Personally I feel like some of Buckingham's songwriting strays a little to far into Mccartneyesque novelty on songs like "The Ledge" and "What Makes You Think You're the One", which I don't think suits the band all that much. It does give an interesting counterpoint though to some of the less over the top songs by Nicks and McVie. Stevie Nicks is on frighteningly good songwriting form on this record and her songs really stand out as some of the highlights to me, she makes side two very much all about her with "Storms" and "Sisters of the Moon" and Side 4's "Beautiful Child" has got to be one of the best things Fleetwood Mac ever recorded. Christine McVie's incredibly grounded and honest songs make side 3 all about her, much like Nicks did on side 2. "Brown Eyes" into "You'll never make me cry" is such a powerful combo, and then being lifted back up by Buckingham into "I know I'm not wrong" is an absolutely phenomenal musical moment. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, the eponymous Fleetwood Mac are also spectacular, the bass work is so interesting throughout, and never stops or dips in quality. And works so well with Mick's drums in a way that can only come from many many years of being a rhythm section. I was going to give this a four but over the course of writing the review I think I have convinced myself to go to a 5. I'm also compelled to revisit some of my favorite bits. So a 5 it is, I still don't think its quite on the same quality as the much tighter "Rumors" but an amazing piece of work. It also gave me an opportunity to play one of my favourite games, "Which member of Fleetwood Mac wrote this song". Its not a particularly hard game, but entertaining none the less.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
5

Rust zacht Christine McVie ❤️😭 Eindelijk Fleetwood Mac!!! Ik kende dit album nog niet zo goed van ze, maar vond het erg nice!

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Considering Rumors basically perfected the archetypal 70s pop rock sound, that was replicated so many times, it is difficult to still see it more as a fully original piece than an immediate greatest hits. This is where I was hoping tusk would remain a fully original album in its own right. I was proved correct, but not in the was I expected. What surprised me about tusk is how much the album is focused on contrast. Christine and Stevie's surprisingly downbeat folk ballads are given opulent, pristine production, yet Lindsay's rockers are almost exclusively abrasive homages to the roots of rock and roll, designed to sound directly translated from mind to tape as quickly as possible. Overall I would say the intentionally haphazard production and sequencing works to give the album a here-and-there personality and a distinctive, constantly appealing charm. Ultimately, there are a surprising lack of unnecessary tracks on this thing for an album of this length, and absolute stunners throughout. Better than Rumours? Quite possibly. An essential record.

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Thu Dec 15 2022
5

Truly a masterpiece. the production and arrangements are so great on this record. Lindsey buckingham is kind of a maniac but his songs have some cool percussion and weirdness. I definitely like the nix/mcvie songs better, they’re so vibey and beautiful.

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Thu Dec 15 2022
5

Never heard any of this before. Very 70’s but also kind of modern sounding. Sounds like they had alot of fun experimenting and getting weird with this album. Tusk- Over and over, great production and great feeling groove. The ledge- wacky Save me a place/ has cool harmonies Sara- a stevie nicks song! Spacey and poppy. Kind of long but I don’t mind at all .it pop What makes you think I’m the one- unique drum parts( so much snare) Storms- some weird stuff with the guitar/ bass sounds like finger tapping That’s all for everyone- love this spacey sound Not that funny- new wavey sounding at first. Like thewacky fuzzy guitar stuff at end Sisters of the moon- cool tune That’s enough for me- Brown eyes- big drum sound Never make me cry- love the vocal sound and the big low notes I know I’m not wrong- I like the synth hook.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

Nothing was going to live up to Rumours. And I think that a double-album is just begging to be seen as mediocre. It lacks the tension and angst of Rumours, but is still a damn good album. The Ledge is a fun stomp. Tusk is a great drum beat. Sara is a home run. This is an album by a band that had grown quite a bit from the coke-fueled middle school drama of previous albums.

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Fri Jan 13 2023
5

I've often heard that this was Fleetwood Mac's Holy Grail. After the release of "Fleetwood Mac" and "Rumours" both wildly successful albums, Fleetwood Mac wanted to prove to the world that they weren't just another Top 40 pop band. America was going punk and they didn't want to get lost in the shift. So, they do what anyone would do...they spend 5 Million dollars recording an album that they thought would change the world. Only to sell fewer copies than any of their previous work. Now don't get me wrong, the album is beautiful, it's perfect, it's everything I didn't know I needed, and is now regarded as one of the most important albums of all time. I guess in 1979 it just wasn't on the same wavelength as the rest of the world. Just like with the Beastie Boys "Paul’s Boutique", our hindsight is always 20/20.

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Thu Jan 26 2023
5

you just cant go wrong with fleetwood mac!! 5/5

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

very hit and miss but .... Sara is one of the best songs ever!

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Tue Feb 07 2023
5

Lots going on here, much of it great. Contains my favorite FM song "Sara" and many weird and wonderful others. Works hard for that 5*

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Wed Feb 22 2023
5

10/10 fuck, I need to hear Rumors but this album was so beautiful and endlessly creative nothing’s better

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

Pretty good.Most of the album is acoustic songs which I usually don’t love but I liked these songs.The main title track is completely different and I really like it.Very solid album that I didn’t find tiring even if it is really long.

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Fri Mar 10 2023
5

Love it! The Ledge and Tusk are bangers and I enjoyed the entire sound of the whole album.

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