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.Wikipedia
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.
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.
mmm, that's a ten!
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.
It’s so cold and claustrophobic and incredible.
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
NEED LSD WITH THIS ALBUM
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
Lindsey Buckinghams tracks really stood out to me.
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.
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..
The 'live, laugh, love' of music.
I didn't like it, I gave up half way through at the song Storms.
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.
Better than rumors, and probably the most consistent double album ive heard (rumors has better highs though)
Så många sköna låtar.
didn't listen to but great
what makes you think you're the one?
J’adore fleetwoodmac et c’est dans leur top 5. 5*
Another gem from the mac
Loved every minute of it!
10/10 one if their best albums favorite song: sara, storms
Bua muy molón
Beautiful album, as expected by Fleetwood
Not as good as Rumours but good in its own way
Saved this for Sunday morning. Such a great background track to my long drive.. Loved it
Very good album I enjoyed it
Now I get Fleetwood Mac.
A lot of variety in this album. Enjoyed the different vocals of the 3 singers. Quite long but never got fed up
Daa da da daa da da da da da da daa dun dun dun tusk
Never heard Tusk before this. Loved it.
Great sounds. A very excellent first album on my journey through 1000
Very chill. like to listen to more their songs
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.
I had listened to this before and didn’t get it but this time I LOVED it. TUSK!
Love Tusk. Perfect blend of calm, melancholic, and frantic
Finally, Fleetwood Cheese Perfect amount of song diversity
Not their very best, but still fantastic. Actually prefer the Nicks and McVie contributions to the Buckingham ones.
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
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.
Different and slower, but an amazing follow-up to "Rumours."
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.
My new favorite Fleetwood Mac album. Can’t believe I’ve never heard this.
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.
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.
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.
My favorite album by my favorite band
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.
Storms <3 . Never Forget muito boa também.
Excellent start to finish!!!
SLAYYYY thank you stevie and christine.
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
Good I liked them before and this album slaps
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!
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.
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.
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.
"Storms" have made me cry so many times it's not even funny anymore. 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.
Love anything by Fleetwood Mac.
Bare klasse, melodier holder stadig, stemningsfyldt, vanvittig vokal og lyrik
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
Another FM masterpiece
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Rust zacht Christine McVie ❤️😭 Eindelijk Fleetwood Mac!!! Ik kende dit album nog niet zo goed van ze, maar vond het erg nice!
The super cool Stevie Nicks doing great vocals on Angels, Sara and Sisters Of The Moon. Thats All For Everyone and Not That Funny are great as well.
12/29 There were a couple of good tracks on the first half, they went crazy on the second. Standout Tracks: Sara, What Makes You Think You're the One, Sisters of the Moon, Brown Eyes, Beautiful Child,
1979. Key Songs: Tusk, The Ledge, Think About Me
7.5/10. Fave track: storms
Not their best work but still some great stuff here. I’d actually never heard this one before, definitely going to need a second listen at some point
Very nice listen
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.
Pretty darn good, mastered quite well.
Fleetwood Mac is great. Few memorable songs unfortunately.
riktigt gött sound alltså. det är ett väldigt långt album som drar ner betyget något. men fasen vad det svänger emellanåt.
Liked the versatility of this album, no song sounds like the same and 3 lead singers is a refreshing concept.
Enjoyed this, especially "Sisters of the moon" and "beautiful child". Not as many hits as Rumours though
Can't go wrong with Fleetwood Mac!
Uh so I listened to the main fleetwood mac album on accident. I have heard this one before as well it is good
Commercially overshadowed by rumours, this album Fleetwood Mac side of gems and contains a great depth of songwriting talent
Super fun album, it's a little long though. I'd still rather listen to rumors!
Classic Fleetwood Mac. What's not to like?
7.5 Pretty good but got a little long
Smooth easy listening. incredible vocals.
Not *really* my jam, but OMG Stevie Nicks.
Pretty good follow-up to Rumors
strongly preferred the songs featuring stevie
Good, I love Steve Nick's voice and the band's sound in general. Solid 4 star.
Solid album, need to listen again
It's not "Rumours". It's really hard to give any substantive criticism to this album because of how heavily the "Rumours" shadow looms over it. "Tusk" is certainly a good album, but it's a little too long and drags at times. And at those times, I'm resisting the temptation to stop the album and put on "Rumours".
Good album! While more experimental than their signature sound, it was great to explore the post-Peter Green Mac. Some really cool sounds, great vocal performances, good songs, it makes me eager to explore the other work. Criticism would be length and several similar sounding songs.
Tusk is the White Album of the 70’s. It’s all over the place. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and there’s something for everyone to skip. At the end of the 70’s bands such as The Police embraced the synth. Tusk instead chose to embrace punk. The album has a few songs on it that remind me of garage rock. Speaking of garage rock, Mick got replaced by Ringo on “What Makes You Think You're the One”. Someone tell me otherwise. It sounds like a drummer just showed up for the gig and has never heard the song before. I can’t stand that it is sandwiched between my two favorite songs on the album. Lyrics have the potential to be something but the drums didn’t allow that to happen. On “Not That Funny” punk enters the ring and I respect them for it. Just not my thing. I’m definitely skipping those two on relistens. Songs I liked: Over & Over The Ledge: Think About Me That’s All for Everyone Angel- I really liked this one lyrically. Brown Eyes Beautiful Child Tusk- The famous title track. I didn’t get the hype but I liked it. MUST LISTENS “Sara” is just Fleetwood Mac doing Fleetwood Mac things. Amazing song with a side of love triangles and a pinch of a love affair. I couldn't figure out what the lyrics meant on “Sisters of the Moon” but then apparently neither could Stevie Nicks. The music is a fantastic jam and stands out as one of the best songs on the album. “Storms” is one of their best songs and the biggest reason why Tusk is an essential Fleetwood Mac album.
I like the way the music sounds in general but over an hour was far too long for this album. Tusk is also severely underrated as far as FM songs go. 7
Loved that there was another Fleetwood Mac album and I like how different this one sounded from the other one. Would definitely listen to it again.
I know it's so long but it's my kind of music. So chill, so pretty. 8 stars
Lots of fantastic tracks, but this honestly feels more like a compilation than an album, it’s so long and disconnected. 8
Really Nice album. Got a bit boring in parts - I think a few songs could have been culled, but mostly really enjoyed it. Really nice guitar (except the Boing sounding one) and the Drums throughout (Those Toms in Tusk!). Their harmonies are just so good too. *Over & Over, * Storms (beautiful), Sister of the Moon, Honey Hi and of course one of my fav Fleetwood Mac songs - Tusk were my big highlights
Really enjoyed this one, which is not surprising since i already liked their style and a few of theirs songs.
if rumours isn't on here i'mma riot
Production: 14/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 15/20 Bangers: 20/20 Emotional response: 15 =79 Oooooh one mark short of a 5 star
Being a 70’s child I was too young to appreciative this Fleetwood Mac era. Luckily for me there are multiple ways to enjoy the music today though. I will admit this is one band I’ve never listened to outside of a Greatest Hits album. I’m very aware of the classics but, as always, these songs do not always tell the whole bands story. Matter of fact, it’s only recently I’ve delved into the bands catalogue and researched the members. Embarrassingly, I always assumed Nicks was the main singer... man was I wrong! Lindsey Buckingham is seriously one of the best rock voices of any era IMO. I like to regard my self as an (average) guitarist, and at least a musician so I understand the technical complexities & nuances involved in most of the songs on this album. For what it’s worth I now regard Lindsey as one of the best guitarists in the world...apologies if I’m a bit slow on the uptake but the guys a freak. I even prefer him vocally, with his raw and passionate tones but that takes nothing away from the girls. Anyway, with all this said I knew what to expect from this album and it didn't disappoint. From the tender ‘Storms’ to the haunting ‘Brown Eyes’ to the heartbreaking ‘Never Make Me Cry’ and then rounding off with the primal ‘Tusk’. As you can probably guess, I have no hesitation in recommending this album. If you don’t find enjoyment somewhere here...then you best check yourself for a pulse. 4 Stars!
Un gran disco, como todos los de Fleetwood Mac, aunque no es el que más me gusta de ellos.
Tiens, tiens, tiens... les chouchous du générateur pointent le bout de leur nez mais pas avec l'album tant plébiscité. Une chose est sûre : Rumours ne paie rien pour attendre.
Was awesome, I think I just maybe slept on Fleetwood Mac all my life.
Pretty good but kind of all over the place in terms of cohesion.
Mmmm. Gets me pleasantly right in the ears.
Beautiful album that is a super easy listen.
Several songs were very good but the sound isn't something I'm into as much.
Another good Fleetwood Mac album, though it's not as fantastic as their previous two, 'Rumors' and 'Fleetwood Mac'. It's not bad, but you can definitely tell that the musical direction has changed.
How do you follow up one of the best selling records of all time? By doing something completely different. A long, weird album with way more hits than misses. Tusk is still a bad ass song, and Stevie and Christine still have all the best songs.
Not my favorite Fleetwood Mac album... This album is still a classic. Worth listening too every once in a while.
Fleetwood Mac are at their best when the bass is bouncing, the drums are driving, and Stevie is doing her thing. On most of the tracks here, they tap into that sweet spot to create nostalgic, happy-sad tunes with huge production value. Special shoutout to the use of delay, panning and harmonies on this thing; at different points evokes Floyd, Beach Boys and CHuck Berry esque ROck n Roll classics
First album! Strong start. ‘Beautiful Child’ stirred something unknown inside me, something melancholy. Beautiful album
Classic mac, dreamy moving soundscapes accented by stevie nick's intoxicating vocals
10/10! A classic <3
Tusk is fleetwoods last real album. It shows the band separating with the different styles throughout. The album feels eclectic but it may be more due to the differences of the members showing through. It’s obviously not their best album but it also isn’t their worst. Would’ve loved to see what could have happened in the 80s as this album had great tunes and they were arguably one of the biggest bands. This is great as Fleetwood always is. As long as Stevie nicks is included. 7.9/10
If this was a single LP it would be a strong 5 stars. A lot of great songs on this one.
Riding off the high of "Rumours", Fleetwood Mac all decided to do something a little different. Literally. Lindsey, Stevie and Christine all sort made their own different songs and sort of just put it together as a Fleetwood Mac album. In theory, it shouldn't have been something that works...but for Tusk, it absolutely does. It highlights the creative strengths of each writer, and gives us a strong double album that solidifies this lineup beyond a one-trick pony. Stevie gives us strong ballads, Christine gives us uplifting possibilities, and Lindsey is a mad scientist creating sonically-based monsters. Songs I Already Knew: Tusk, Sara Favorite Songs: Storm (Stevie), Think About Me (Christine), Tusk (Buckingham) Least Favorite: That's All For Everyone
I enjoyed this album very much. Some good music.
The Ledge ♥ fav!
Sara, Every time I hear this, it's like the first time. Blows me away.
Very nice album of music
4 stars for Sara, sisters of the moon, brown eyes....maybe over and over angel......a few duds
Familiar with Tusk the song, and my Fleetwood Mac fandom kinda starts and ends with Rumors. Really looked forward to this one even though my tolerance for double albums is very low. Any record that opens with a Christine McVie vocal is off to a great start. The standouts are from McVie and Stevie Nicks: Sara, Over & Over, Storms, Sisters of the Moon and Angel are just stunning. Found myself skipping through all the Buckingham tracks whose punk-inflected brashness are juxtaposed awkwardly alongside the tender beauty of the Nicks and McVie songs. "Tusk" will always be associated with the TV series The Americans for me. Album ends on a fade out which is crazy?!
Always liked this album. Not quite as good as Rumours or Mirage, but good nonetheless. 4/5
That was a very enjoyable listen
Usually not a fan of double albims but Tusk was a pretty great listen. Each of the three songwriters bring something great to the table. Particually liked Sara and and Angel where there was a notable moment from each member. Over & over me and Tusk were great too.
Over & Over guitar tone / slides are absolutely delicious.
Very consistent sounding album in terms of tone and tempo. A concept album. Calm, relaxing.
Try listening to this album as two albums, one with all the even-numbered tracks and one with all the odd-numbered tracks. Honestly, this may be one of the more overlooked albums for an artist that had a prior number one album. It’s not Rumours and that’s okay. Tusk is one of the best “weird” songs, shout-out to the USC marching band.
Not nearly as good or cohesive as Rumours, but still an enjoyable time. I like the title track best, I think.
great album capturing fleetwood mac, strong instrumental songs aswell as vocal ones. Although the use of different singers and styles make it feel like its a mashup of 2/3 different other records. And some songs remind me of more famous songs
Soulful, melodic rock - an enjoyable listen
Álbum relajante, con buenas canciones. Recomendado
It doesn’t flow like rumours and certainly doesn’t have as many hits as rumours have. But it’s not rumours2. I can see where they were trying to go with this, showing that they were so much more than just one decent album that sold many copies. There is lots of different styles within this album and you can see me disjointedness as well. It’s still an enjoyable listen, it hasn’t aged as well as rumours but it’s still worthy of Its own praise
Great album, and all new to me with the exception of a couple songs.
I really dig it
Very extravagant, overblown, and eclectic. Too many songs, but most are good or great. Better quality control (and less drugs) could have made a tighter, shorter, more consistent album, but that was not the way at that time!
Sara is my favorite song. Only complaint is I feel a few songs ran together because it was such a lengthy album.
Sara !! Such a good song
Had not listened to this one for years and it really is interesting. Experimental but accomplished. You can hear the pain of life in the women’s vocals. Interesting juxtapositions of styles. It is not the easiest to listen to but a great album.
Lovely and grand.
Not as famous as Rumours but every bit as good
Genre: Pop Rock 4/5 Following Rumours, a pop/soft rock masterpiece in every sense of the word, Fleetwood Mac went back into the studio and did themselves a favor by making whatever they wanted (within the general confines of pop rock), rather than go into the studio to make an album full of singles again. What followed was Tusk, a 20-song double album that, while not quite era-shaking, is a neat little assortment of some pretty good songs from these guys. There are certainly Rumours quality songs on this project, Sara and Sisters of the Moon especially (shoutout Stevie Nicks), but there’s a little too much Christine McVie singing and a little too much filler for my tastes, especially some of Lindsay’s experiments. This album is good, but when you begin to feel an album’s length as you’re listening, it’s not the best sign. A little long in the tooth. Certainly enjoyable, though.
A tentative 4, I enjoyed it while listening but this one needs revisiting I think.
such a shame I had heard rumours before this
3rd listen. A great album that just goes on too long. 4/5 Standouts: Tusk and most of sides 1 and 2.
Quite soothing music.
OK, I do not know this one- this is not one of their big ones. I’m assuming Rumours and Tusk is going to be on this list as well, maybe even some early Peter Green-era stuff too? I guess I have to give this one a spin today… duh, THIS IS TUSK. I’ve never seen the actual cover. Okay- I remember a few songs from this, but I didn’t realize it was so heavily back loaded (meaning the best songs are all on sides three and four). It’s a double record, and it was kind of the last big thing Fleetwood Mac did. Stevie had a pretty good solo career after this and they kind of faded into relative obscurity.
Not listened to whole album, little bit slow music,notable songs: Sara What makes you think you're the one Storms I know I'm not wrong Beautiful child
I thought it’s was really good. No obvious hits, but really interesting only having heard rumors. It’s clearly the same band but it almost sounds like a group of outtakes because it’s so different and unstructured.
So much variety on this album. It can never beat rumours. But it has its own style and I quitte like it. Something different. Favourite songs: - What makes you think you are the one - Not that funny - Tusk
Sara is such a good song, might be their best. Loved the album.
When the world needed them most following the release of Rumours, Fleetwood Mac followed up with exactly what fans wanted with a double album of colorful tracks one after the next. This doesn't have the big hits that defined their prior 2 albums and wouldn't produce any new fans, but even the deep cuts have a lot to offer. The experimental nature of the album gives fans something to appreciate, pick your favorites. In a lot of ways this is the Fleetwood Mac equivalent of Prince's Sign O' The Times or The Beatles' White Album, a double-lengthed collection of experimental tracks from the same recognizable band you love. Immediately the first quarter tracks tell us something is off about this record. We start off with the slow, soft, melancholic "Over & Over" before jumping into a bluesy square party in "The Ledge." Then we jump into the power pop "Think About Me," something straight out of a Big Star record. "Save Me a Place" is such a beautiful busy song, love the harmony and the wall of guitar and strange drumming. And finally Stevie Nicks returns with the radio hit "Sara." They really kill with the hyped up guitars and angelic back vocals. I could go on, but with 15 other songs, there's a lot to analyze and appreciate. But overall everyone's on point. Each track is interesting in their own right, even the duds have something I can appreciate about. Everyone kills it on vocals, Nicks, Buckingham, and McVie. Mixing is really impressive. Despite the different styles, everyone always sounds good. Half the time it feels like the instruments serve to back up the vocalists, while at other times the opposite feels true. The psychedelic pop "That's All For Everyone" comes to mind, inspired by Beach Boys' Smile sessions. I wanted to pick my favorites but I really can't. They all stand out to me it's hard to single out anything that particularly appeals to me. I'll be coming back to this one often.
It's fabulous, but it's not the best. It's a very nice background album and a very nice sound. The song Tusk is incredible though.
I am really glad to have listened to this in full as Rumours gets all the attention, I knew a few off hear but plenty I didn't! I absolutely love the singing voices and the harmonies and general song writing excellence. Will defs listen again
Really nice opportunity to give this album a good amount of my attention! I obviously have listened more to Rumours but I love the folky sounds, the harmonies, obviously Nicks' incredible incredible beautiful voice. I think Fleetwood Mac are an insane band and I personally haven't ever given them enough time beyond listening to the big hits. A great album!
good album to arrive in BKK
So here's something that I learned today: "Black Magic Woman" is a Fleetwood Mac song, first released in 1968 and written by their founder and guitar player, Peter Green, who BB King said was the sweetest guitar player he'd ever heard and Mojo Magazine said was the 3rd greatest guitar player of all time. Anyway, fast forward 11 years to this album. I agree with Mick Fleetwood who said that it sounds like 3 solo albums. Stevie & Christine's are predictable, but you can hear Lindsay leaning toward more of a raw, punk-influenced sound, with little involvement from the others, especially on the first 3 sides. His contribution to Stevie's Sisters of the Moon turns a good song into an epic one. I'm going to give it the mark I would've if the best 10 songs were on one LP.
Their best 80s LP .
Rating: 8/10 Best songs: The ledge, Beautiful child, Tusk
Hmmm, not as cohesive as "Rumours", and not as many immediately obviously awesome tracks. Still, though, I can tell this is very good. Maybe more listens would boost this to a five! Fave track - "The Ledge", maybe, or the title track. I like the coked-out-upbeat tracks the most!
Some good songs, not as good as Rumours but as close as you could get.
I think if it was any other band, in any other era I would call it incoherent. As with any Fleetwood Mac album - context is important. It is a double album where only one song was not written independently by a member of the band. It's an album immediately following Rumours. An album where the band was probably beyond the breaking point. Yet somehow, a great album was produced. Less pop than in Rumours, some darker songs with multiple sounds throughout. Rather than producing a consistent sound, the band balanced the manic with the downbeat. I don't think this is their best, although from what I can see it is the contrarian's choice.
I enjoyed this, but I think was expecting a 5 star. Still was pretty gretab
🟩 84 🥇 Tusk 🥈 Sara 🥉 Brown Eyes
A double album by Fleetwood Mac on paper could've been a slog to sit through, but two factors of this album stopped that from happening. For one, Lindsey Buckingham's tracks brought a good amount of variety and new wave-ish stylings to keep the Fleetwood formula from feeling stale. And second, Stevie Nick's tracks in general are pretty top notch, possibly on the level of Rumours. It's not perfect, most of Christine Mcvie's work feels generic, and Buckingham's experimentation can be a mixed bag in some areas. But overall I did enjoy this a lot more than expected. Favorites: "Sara", "Sisters of the Moon", "Tusk"
Verliefd op Tusk. Verder ook fijne en gevarieerde plaat.
Tusk en Sara, wat een prachtige nummers.
I've grown to love Fleetwood Mac thanks to my wife. Rumours is probably a top 5 classic album of all time for me. This album definitely has a different and unique sound to their previous work. I am enjoying this new approach they took, very cool. Oh wow this is a double album, hope it remains consistently good the whole way. Halfway through and it's been great.
Top album, super relaxed en kende het nog niet zo goed
Soft. Chill. Wechselnde Sänger (m/w). Nicht Blues mäßig
Sara - Stevie Nicks best - 9/10
Standouts: Sara, Storms, Angel A huge range of emotions and moods. Really like the transition anc intrastate of what makes you… and storms
This puppy definitely isn't the so carefully crafted songwriting excellence of Rumours, but it is clear it wasn't trying to be. This wanted to be bold, varied, and individual, and it achieved that. Still... I feel this one is just pretty great, while their previous is one of the GOATs. In any case I'm happy with experimentation and new directions, and this was a success that simply still has to live in it's older brother's shadow.
As the follow-up to Rumours, Fleetwood Mac (well Lindsey Buckingham) wanted to create an album that didn't sound like Rumours. And boy does this album not sound like Rumours. And for me that's a big negative. Unlike the White Album, there just isn't enough there to make me really love this album. I don't particularly enjoy Buckingham's songs on this album and that really brings it down. Plus it's really long. As great as Fleetwood Mac is, they aren't as talented as The Beatles and can't full off this long length.
Very interesting production with obvious inspirations from the contemporary post-punk movement and especially Talking Heads (especially on the title track). I like it! Crazy to do this as a follow-up to Rumours, and perhaps it was necessary for Fleetwood Mac to continue to develop and not get stuck in their previous sounds. As almost always with double albums, some tracks could have been omitted, but I even a length of 60 minutes might have worked.
Not the best Fleetwood album but still pretty great
Love this album, although I do admit you could probably trim it down to make a really tight single disc. I do enjoy the random oddities though, and you can't go wrong with the classics on this one.