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.
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.
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.
Alright, but they have better
Long, needs a bit of a fat trim. Seems kind of unfocused. When it hits, I like it, but when it doesn't, grows stale very quickly. Favorite tracks: "Think About Me", "That's All for Everyone", "Tusk", "Angel"
Not there best but still solid
Det här är helt okej. Jag kan se att vissa tycker det är genialiskt men för mig frambringar det inte speciellt mycket känslor. Jag gillar mer yviga grejer. Såklart är vissa låtar fenomenala. (Brown eyes t.ex.)
Good album but none of the true FMac classics
I like their album Rumors much better. Their music is so precise, it was still a great listen.
They really came down hard from all the coke they did in Rumours. Very Relaxing album overall. Just a nice listen. Would like some more energy though.
Fleetwood Mac just isn't for me. This is a good album, but I don't see myself coming back to listen to it in the future. I've been waiting for one of those iconic FM tracks to come on and make me take interest in this album, but I don't think it's coming. On the plus side, Rumors autoplayed right after this album, and I really like Rumors 3/5
okish . old pop . a few songs were good
some really good songs but overall a lot were too chill to be memorable
Some good songs, but a lot of it sounded the same to me
It's good but not really my genre, too slow and chill form my tastes
Some brilliant songs, Sara in particular but a lot of over worked stuff by Buckingham and a double album was a bit self indulgent. Could have had a super album with half the tracks
It feels like these bands that were a huge cultural impact are harder to get into but overall good album
I know this is a hot take but I've always thought Fleetwood Mac are overrated. I particularly disliked every single one of the Buckingham tracks - What Makes You Think You're the One is especially off putting. Did he have a four year old drumming for him? The fact that the $1million production cost makes it the most expensive album ever made makes it even worse and his attempt to channel David Byrne have fallen very very short. I get the valiant attempt of trying not to make a Rumores 2.0 but fkn hell go easy. McVie's weren't that much better. On the flip side, all the Stevie Nicks tracks are excellent. Sara and Storm were really really good and saved this album from the dreaded Vokes 2/5 rating.
A nice album.
I have rumours belted into my head so this album just doesn't seem to hit the same heights. Some really nice sounds and harmonies but the songs never really hooked me in.
Usual complaint of albums over an hour, was too long. Good album, not hugely coherent, missed a lot of what makes the Fleetwood Mac sound. Some really good individual songs though.
I find Fleetwood Mac boring/uninspiring without Stevie Nick's vocals. So, some big duds on this album for me. Also, way too long. Rumors this ain't. A few ones I liked like Sara but beyond that, I'd never listen to anything on this album.
A whole lot of very low key countryish rock that didn't really do a lot for me.
Better than I remember, and definitely a few gems in there, but compared to previous albums it's just hard to feel completely satisfied
I was expecting more from this album. It was a lot slower and more subtle than what I’ve heard from them, maybe I’m more of a Fleetwood Mac greatest hits kinda guy.
I mean, it's not Rumours but it's still good.
I love Fleetwood Mac and there are some good songs here but man, this album is too damn long. 6/10
3 / 10. Es bleibt nichts hängen. Bester Track "Tusk"
On the edge of there to four, solid soft rock album, but I’m guessing and hoping rumors will be the incredible album it’s hyped up to be
It's not my favorite Fleetwood Mac, but I like it. It's a little experimental and varies a bit from Rumours, but it's relaxing.
I really like some of the songs on Tusk, but as an album it's not my favorite FM album. It feels like there is a lot of filler here in between the hits. I do appreciate it for it's place in the Fleetwood Mac story.
It was good, just not for me.
Didn't love it as much as their other album Rumours but still fun to listen to.
Stevie Nick's rocks
A lot of slow songs. Too many, even. 6.
Nowhere near as good as rumours, can't think of a standout track
lots of good tunes! variety of sound.
Some good songs.
Pretty decent album, though most songs are a bit too sleepy for my tastes. Rumours wins over Tusk for me. That being said, the song "Tusk" is a jam!
Aight, probably needs more listening to to pick up subtleties
3/5 !!! LISTEN AGAIN !!!! some interesting ones, and some forgettable ones.
Could have been 4 but just.. too long
Not their best album, but still enjoyed it. Could have used some more variety with the songs.
More forgettable than I would have liked
Pretty acoustic guitar melodies with woman vocal. Soft rock with some folks.
Il est peut-etre encore un peu tôt pour crier au complot, mais je peux vous dire que tu es attendu au tournant Mac, fais très attention à toi
cool some tracks, other tracks boring... maybe i just don't get it? idk
Alright soft rock. 7.1/10
Does nothing for me. Possibly a failed experiment, in an attempt to avoid a Rumours2. Probably pleasant enough if you get to know the tracks better.
An album of 2 styles, only one of which I appear to like...
Disjointed, but true to the band's personality.
The album was fine, but none of the tracks felt like something that I would want to play again individually. "Sara" was the only track that sounded familiar. I did not like several tracks ("What Makes You Think You're the One", "Not That Funny", "Tusk"). Even though there are some tracks where you can hear the quality of Stevie Nicks' voice ("Honey Hi", "Beautiful Child", "Walk a Thin Line"), her voice isn't strong enough to carry the weaker portions of this double album. This was a solid 3 - there was stuff I liked, but would not listen to the album as a whole again. Most of the tracks scored a 3 as well.
So, so many different sounds on one album. There is a pretty clear influence of drugs on a lot of the more up-paced songs. They go fast, they feel groovy but they make very little sense. Track 2 feels like the essence of cocaine funneled into a song. I've enjoyed half the album thus far, but its all over the place. Only one or two songs feel like they were written with soul. Second half seems to be where the feelings come through. Overall, a very solid listening experience. Ups and downs, fun and serious. Very, very 70s.
There's some really great songs on here. I'm not a huge FM fan but by all accounts this seems peak Fleetwood. Personally, the album's a little long and the track order is a tad messy. Still a good listen though.
Compared to Rumors, this album is very boring to me. It’s still great on the technical end (recording, mastering) but the content does not grab me. Other than the 1 or 2 singles cut from this album, the rest is mostly forgettable.
It was a good album. Not Fleetwood's best album.
Love the woman's voice, some good stuff on here, but didn't grab my attention that much
Nice but not super duper
- very different to what i listen to - first fleetwood mac album! - this is their 12th studio album - stevie nicks queen - likes: think about me, angel, sara, storms, not that funny, sisters of the moon, thats enough for me, brown eyes, never make me cry, i know im not wrong, honey hi, beautiful child, walk a thin line, tusk, never forget - fun cool not my vibe but its smth new 3/5
Overall too long but there are some standout tracks: Storms, Beautiful Child, Tusk, Sara
I like some of the songs on this album but it's no Rumours. I own this one on vinyl!
Just a little weird but some good songs on here. Enjoyable listen that keeps true to their sound
Wasn’t bad, but Rumours is definitely the better album in my opinion.
For whatever reason this one of my least listened to FM albums. I generally think that everything they do is genius, but this one is a little too chill for me. A few great tracks on it though.
i think imma like it 3 or 4? but rumors is the one with landslide.
like its fleetwood mac so ill give it 3 but only Tusk and Sara are over 3/5 stars...
Some good tracks but nothing amazing as an album
Fleetwood Mac are amazing but this album was a bit hit and miss for me. Musically it was great and loved a few songs. But not enough to get more than a like. Maybe because some of my favourite songs come later on in their career.
I'd rather Jack, than Fleetwood Mac
If there were fractional stars, this would've been a 3.5.
Honestly surprised me that there was a female voice on the album - genuinely thought it was a male led band. Then I do some extra digging and find out the Stevie Nicks is that voice?! Definitely a TIL. Overall a good alt album which I can see some songs making it onto a road trip playlist. But for the hype that everyone talks about Fleetwood Mac, IMHO, totally overrated. Best: Angel Worst: Honey Hi
So far I’m finding this just okay. I don’t hate it, but it’s not really jumping at me, either. Honestly, it’s just a lot of the same, and by the middle of the album, it was starting to grate on me.
Started off sounding generic, but there were some bops in here. The title track slaps
Przesada byloby stwierdzenie, ze kojarze bande, bo jednym ich materialem ktory mialem wczesniej okazje przesluchac byla plyta Rrumors, czyli album poprzedzajacy Tuska, ktory z kolei jest dwunastym studyjnym krazkiem bandy, z tego co mowi wiki wiekszosc albumow byla nagrywana piecoosobowym skladem, ktory mozna uslyszec takze na tej plycie w sklad ktorego wchodzi dwoch ojcow zalozycieli bandy Mick Fleetwood na drumach i John McVie na basie, do tego dochodza dwie panie Christine McVie od klawiszy i wokali oraz Stevie Nicks ktora jest najwazniejszym wokalem bandy, do tego dochodzi Lindsey Buckingham ktory wydaje mi sie byc dyktatorem zespolu w tamtym okresie, multinstrumentalista, ktorego mozna uslyszec na kazdym z kawalkow zarowno instrumentalnie jak i wokalnie, nie bede sie zaglebial w relacje jakie panowaly w bandzie, ale duet Stevie Lindsey to hamerykanska para, ktora dolaczyla do zespolu przed albumem ktorym dokonali komercyjnego przelomu, reszta bandy to oczywiscie brytyjczycy w duchu listowym, niby sie nie zaglebiam, ale jednak dosc skomplikowane relacje musialy tam panowac, jak jeden drugiego zdradzal po katach i jeszcze o tym robili kawalki, ale nie bede studiowal genezy kto byl z kim kiedy i dlaczego, sam album to jeden z tych poteznych podwojnych krazkow, podczas ktorego odsluchu przy koncu zapomina sie juz co bylo na poczatku, bo jednak jest to 20 kawalkow i godzina pietnascie minut materialu, ktory dodatkowo nie jest jakos mocno powiazany tematycznie, a brzmi jak kompilacja popowych kawalkow, ktore przez podwojne zenskie wokale przywodza mi na mysl abbe czy bee gees, a zeby bylo ciekawiej to w tej kompilacji znalazlo sie miejsce takze na punkowe influencje, pan Buckingham staral sie jak mogl nadac albumowi punkowego charakteru o czym swiadcza kawalki takie jak what makes you think youre the one czy not that funny, ktore przypominaja mi troche tworczosc od the undertones, dlatego tez album nie przypomina znanego mi rumors, a stara sie byc czyms zupelnie innym, moze zeby uniknac zaszufladkowania jako banda potrafiaca grac tylko w jeden sposob, wiec o ile slucha sie tego przyzwoicie i nigdzie uszy nie bola, to jedynie wybrane kawalki sie przebijaja, a majac do przesluchania 20 piosenek, to naprawde potrafia sie one zgubic w takim natloku tresci, takimi hajlajtami byly dla mnie najkrotszy song plyty, thats enough for me, nie jest to wcale pun majacy podsumowac moj stosunek do plyty, ale ten najkrotszy utwor na krazku jest najlepsza synteza fleetwooda ktorego znalem z rumorow z graniem nowej fali, dosc smutny song opowiadajacy o bolach rozstania na upbeatowej melodii i ciekawym efekcie wokalnym Buckinghama, kolejnym bedzie o wiele bardziej folkowy numer sisters of the moon, ktory zawiera specyficzne brzmienie gitarki i wokale pani Stevie Nicks, no i tytulowy traczek tusk, kolejna wokalna jak i liryczna cegielka Lindsey w budowaniu swiatymi tego krazka, co ciekawe zespol utrzymuje przez caly album zasade, kogo liryka ten jest glownym wokalem, sam utwor kompozycyjnie najbardziej sie wyroznia sposrod calej plyty, na traku mozna uslyszec brzmienie jakiegos collegowego big banda, co nadaje mu iscie dzunglowego brzmienia, to wlasnie trio laduje na plejce
little sleeper. No rumors that's for sure
It was ok. It wasn't anything special in my opinion with there being a few songs that actually annoyed me. Overall the feel was chill and low-key, nice to hear at times but bc of some of the annoying songs I will likely stay away from this album. 5/10
Yeah was a really cool album. I believe it's the follow up to Rumours (which I love) and I just recently heard an interview with mick Fleetwood about the writing of and recording of the album.
Yeah, this is a long album. And not all that poppy (for a band coming off a pop-rock masterpiece). For sure there are some definite pop elements (mostly Christine McVie) but famously (infamously?) it was a conscious effort to not be "Rumours: The Sequel" - total respect for that because it would have been boring, not possible, etc. But so yes - this is a long and a weird one. Not shitty-weird-for-the-sake-of-it-but-ends-up-being-a-pile-of-ass like Velvet goddamn Underground but definitely something way more than a collection of pop songs - it's a diverse mix. While there are some Stevie songs like "Sara" which are the kind of "ah yeah that's some AM-gold Fleetwood Mac (and the rather dull Christine McVie cuts "Over and Over" and "Never Make Me Cry"), but also the title track "Tusk" which I recall getting considerable airplay as a kid. Tusk is sort of an unsettling song... which I like. And to double back so as not to pick on Christine McVie's boring cuts - "Brown Eyes" has a slinky creepy vibe to it that probably couldn't have been a hit yet is still accessible. Love it. Also this album *sounds* amazing - just sonically. Don't listen to it in through chintzy phone speaker - put on some headphones at least. I grew up kinda thinking I hated Fleetwood Mac - as a kid in the late 70s and 80s very into music, I preferred more mystery, more hard-hitting, more drama, and Fleetwood Mac's smooth hits were always on the radio. But this is kinda/sorta their White Album? If I critique it in a negative way, there honestly aren't a lot of amazing songs, but on the other hand there just aren't really any bad ones which is something. What a milquetoast review - ha. I'd sum it up by saying there is a little of everything from good to less good, but it is quite a talented piece of art and I'm glad to give it a revisit, just won't be an all-time favourite of mine. 7/10 3 stars
I was deciding between 3 and 4, but now towards the end I am leaning more towards a 3. I could hear their talent from across the room but it just wasn’t interesting enough for me to feel it. still a great band and album.
Enjoyed this one. Some good songs though none that compare to rumors. Some late 70s vibes but gets a little stale later on in the album.
3 piosenki mi sie bardzo podobaly: The ledge <33 brzmi jak pavement Brown eyes Tusk - woah look at the stereo. Ogolnie totalnie nie siedze w takich klimatach ale przyjemne doświadczenie, produkcja była całkiem niesamowita ale jakbym miał 1.4 miliona dolców na produkcje bym zrobil cos lepszego ;3
Od strony produkcyjnej bardzo miód dla uszu, szczególnie na głośnikach (na słuchawkach, momentami, panning okazywał się dla mnie bardzo irytujący i potrafił odwrócić moją uwagę od muzycznej strony projektu) - ale co się dziwić kiedy wyjebali na produkcję taką kupę forsy. Muzycznie wszystkie kawałki są bardzo przyjemne, jednak w większości nie urzekły mnie od strony kompozycyjnej i zabrakło mi w tym czegoś intrygującego, żebym miał później ochotę wracać do tego albumu jako całości, bo nie wywołał on we mnie większych emocji (wcale nie dlatego, że mój gust opiera się w dużej mierze o mroczne i pokręcone klimaty), z wyjątkiem kilku kawałków które jednak wybiły się ponad szereg i zrobiły na mnie wrażenie. W dużym skrócie: świetny record, ale emocjonalnie dupy mi nie urwał Ulubione kawałki: The ledge (ultra lekki, catchy i energetyczny, bez banalnych rozwiązań mimo wszystko), Sara (nie wiem czemu ale skojarzyło się mi momentami przez melodię z the winner takes it all i zrobiło mi się sentymentalnie, nie przez miłośc do abby, ale ze względu na wykorzystanie tego utworu w jednym z najbardziej emocjonalnych momentów w BTCS XD), Brown Eyes (te laid-back momenty z nutą nostalgii mnie kupiły), Tusk (ten poczatek niesztampowy kompletnie mnie urzekł, chyba najbardziej intrygująca kompozycja z całości jak na moje ucho, ze względu na tą ewoluującą kompozycję - dynamika i zmiennośc jest u mnie zawsze na plus).
I got a little bored SORRY
Two top singles. Some good tunes.
Following up the biggest album of your career with a bunch of inscrutable tunes (the best of which features a marching band, which will always rule) takes ENORMOUS BALLS. (Also, it's named after Mick Fleetwood's pet name for his wang, so there's that going for it as well.)
Odotin innolla Fleetwood Macia, mutta jouduin vähän pettymään. Levy oli aika pitkä ja siitä ei noussut erityisiä suosikkibiisejä. Enemmänkin mieslaulajan laulamat biisit erottuivat ei-niin-hyvinä. Olisin toivonut tarttuvampia biisejä ja ehkä vähän riisutumpaa sointia.
It's interesting to hear another fleetwood mac album, and it's not bad. It's just overly long, and there aren't so many standout tracks, although I do appreciate them not just doing a rumours clone
I expected better. Its no Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
I love Fleetwood Mac but the outstanding tracks were their hits, Sara & the title track. The rest was alright so high 3*, not quite 4*
Not really my bag.
More experimental than Rumours, which was to be expected. I quite liked Lindsey Buckingham's tracks. Good listen, but not my go-to Fleetwood Mac album.
Surprisingly good, considering some of the work they went on to make only a few years later
אלבום ממש נחמד לנסיעות, נותן אווירה כפרית וישנה טיפה אבל בסך הכל ממש חמוד
Didn't listen to whole album but it got some great songs. Will revisit again.
Can't help but compare this to The Beatles' White Album. Lot of randomly assembled and disjointed songs with no tonal consistency and while I love the White Album it'd be an awful introduction the band. Unfortunately, this is my introduction to the band and it's left me feeling like I'm missing the context needed to enjoy it.
I liked it. Didn't blow my socks off.
I generally like Fleetwood Mac but this was a departure from what I thought if as their sound. I thought most of the album was ok but nothing standout. It was like a collection of solid background music not a killer album like Rumors.
Lyssnade inte aå noga! Förlåt Fleetwood McDonald
The standouts are great but a lot of this is just momrockers. Some parts sound suprisingly similar to indie rock
De va lite över mid!
Not their best work.
Pretty good, I’d check out songs from this again. No reason this needs to be a double album or 75 minutes though
p441. 1979. 3 stars. It was cool (probably still is) to bash Fleetwood Mac because of the success of Rumours and for being part of the entire late 70s FM radio/MOR/AOR/West Coast hate vibe that come from punk and new Wave. I get that - it was a reaction of two different musical cultures - but does that make this a bad album? The short answer is NO. It's actually pretty good. This is the Fleetwood Mac equivalent of the Beatles White album - a weird mix of well crafted pop songs, half thought out ideas that don't really cut it (The Ledge, Save Me A Place), fabulous harmonies and over-production. People were expecting Rumours part 2 and this ain't it. Christine McVie is the star of the show - voice of an angel, breathtaking love songs with instantly memorable melodies. The hits are there - Over and Over, Sara, Tusk - and standout tracks like Never Make Me Cry and Beautiful Child. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham are all on form, and there is no excessive wankage on the solos. Set against it - can't help thinking it needed someone to slap Lindsey Buckingham with a wet kipper and tell him, "this track ain't good enough." Too many of his songs like That's All For Everyone and Not That Funny feel self indulgent. He does sound like he's trying too hard. And it's missing a sense of excitement - too many tracks meander and outstay their welcome (Brown Eyes, Sara, What Makes You Think You're The One, Storms), so they're almost background noise. The shiny production and smoothness of the sound is going to turn off a lot of the rockers and punks regardless. With a bit of judicious editing this could have been a great single album but as a double - too much filler, and so 3 stars.
Rumours is better
Tusk er engin Rumours. En það eru nokkrir gullmolar þarna.
Die Nachfolgeplatte der Rumors, bisschen lang geraten und reicht nicht ganz an ihre Vorgängerin heran. Sind trotzdem ein paar Perlen dabei. Die Aufnahmen zu dem Album seien ein 'cocaine blizzard' gewesen, sagt der Wikipedia-Artikel…
Some songs are boring. The ballads are much better.
This was a pretty disappointing album. I was looking forward to listening to it after I looked at the song list and realized I had only ever heard a couple of the tracks. Turns out the tracks I knew were the only ones listening to. This is probably a 1 star album if Sara and Tusk aren't on here. And I'm pretty sure Sara is only good because Stevie could sing the phone book and it would be worth listening to.
Weird from start to finish
fine, didn't hit me hard like rumours.
Haven't listened to this entire LP since it was released back in 1979. Starts off OK with “Over and Over” from Christine McVie then Lindsey Buckingham follows up with the hoedown fail “The Ledge”. Next song “Think About Me” is OK, then some more Lindsey Buckingham drivel, “Save me a Place”. Thankfully Stevie Nicks brings it back with “Sara”. Good song, and light years ahead of the previous tracks. Of course LB follows up with another turd. He did not recover well from his breakup with Stevie, as his songs here really suck ass. “Storms” is a Stevie Nicks sleepy bedtime tune, and Lindsey ups his game slightly with the very mediocre “That’s All for Everyone”, but have no fear as he’s right back to type with “Not that Funny” - he was right. 🤮 Thank god for Stevie Nicks (and Christine McVie) as their voices push “Sisters of the Moon” a notch above the songwriting. Buckingham guitar here is really good. Ditto for the vocals on “Angel”. “That’s Enough for Me” is a thankfully short wannabe stomper. “Brown Eyes” is another track destined for the background mix tape at the Sleep Study Center. By the time we get to “Never Make Me Cry”, another mediocre song with a pleasant vocal, I’m thinking ‘Who thought this deserved to be a double LP?’ This is a stinking mess of shit compared to Rumours. “I know I’m not Wrong” confirms my last sentence. “Honey Hi” is nondescript background tune, and “Beautiful Child” is another snoozer showcasing great vocals. Disappointing. Ditto for “Walk a thin Line” minus the great vocals. Then we get to the title track - “Tusk”. Finally some meat on the bone! This song slow-burns and absolutely rocks - phenomenal percussion. It’s the kind of song to crank after you’ve strapped on the armor, sharpened your sword and begun the long march towards the breach. The album wraps up with “Never Forget”. Oops, I did. This should have been a 45. “Sara” on side A, and “Tusk” on B. 2.5 and rounding up. Also note that I was stuck on a three hour flight, so this is what you get…
It's no Rumors but I like it. Tusk is a great song.
not their popular stuff but still good
“What Makes You Think You’re the One” has Fun. vibes. All over the place track to track.
Great album. I usually listen to rumors but this album offered a fun and different feel.
J’ai embarqué tardivement dans Fleetwood Mac avec l’album précédent Rumours. Cet album n’est pas aussi facile d’approche et bien sûr, on cherche à le comparer. C’est un album long et ça joue souvent en défaveur des albums. Il y a quand même des pièces qui ont attirées mon attention comme The Ledger, Sara, That’s All For Everyone, Sisters of the moon, Brown Eyes, Beautiful Child. Bref, la production est super bonne. Je vais sûrement y revenir.
Fairly chill but it is no Rumours.
Enjoyed it. Could be good home background music. Nothing earth shatteringly good though.
Not nearly as wacky as people are describing it. Favorites: "Tusk", "I'm Not Wrong", "Sara", "Never Forget" Might change my opinion on it after a relisten but some songs are genuinely hard to get through
Gotta love the vocals, and the songs as standalones are all perfectly fine, but I find a lot of FM's stuff really samey and difficult to stay engaged in when it comes to listening to a whole album.
Hope abides in the first track, such beautiful vocals and a wonderfully composed track. If the album was entirely in this mood, the rank would have been higher, but alas, it was not. "Tusk" is an eccentric album. Even after two listens, the sentiments are hard to narrow down. Maybe that is a pro disguised as the con? At a risk of oversimplification, all of the female led tracks were great, and all of the guy led tracks were seemingly from another album.
While there were some classic songs on this album, the pacing was all off. It went from slow sweet singing from Stevie Nicks, to fast paced shouting from Lindsey Buckingham, it does this multiple times, leaving the listener confused and rattled. The album also had quite a bit of filler, i feel that it wouldve been better as a single album with 10 songs and a 37 minute run time than 20 songs and a 74 minute runtime. A double album simply isn’t ideal to listen all in one setting. Not to say double albums are all bad, one of the best albums of all time is a double album: Songs In The Key Of Life, by Stevie Wonder. I wouldve liked this much more if it had been more sonically consistent.
nope, boring. 2.5/5 at best
This would be a tough album to make given the success of Rumours. Looking for a different sound was probably the right decision so they would avoid falling into the formulaic music trap. The album is good but it is certainly not the type of album that would get a lot of airplay at house parties in the late 70s. It just didn't have the magic that Rumours and the preceding Fleetwood Max album had.
A sprawling double album written on cocaine. It didn't have the stature of its predecessor but is is still a solid album. Production is very tight.. *Those funeral dry drums) Sara remains my favorite Mac song (though on the on the original album it was hacked from 6 to 3 minutes) Sentiment says its a 4...but I think its really a 3.
Standout songs: Sara, That's All for Everyone, Sisters of the Moon, Beautiful Child
Tusk is Fleetwood Mac's White Album (a disparate collection of individually created songs) and their Smiley Smile (in which they overthink the runaway success of their band-defining album and go too far in the opposite direction). Joyless and disappointing at times. Best track: Storms
Mediokert, stör mig ordentligt på trumspelandet herregud, dem blev bättre på 80-talet
Decent tunes, I think this album veers too far into folksy territory for me to appreciate as a cohesive product. The tracks using electric are enjoyable, but the acoustic material just didn't grab me
While not a Fleetwood Mac fan, I understand why people love Rumours. I have no idea why this album would make the list.
A bit disappointed I thought I'd enjoy this more. Songs aren't strong enough to justify the length of the album. There are a few tracks I enjoyed outside of Tusk but that for me is the standout song. By the time you get to it though I could see why people might not be bothered at that point. 2*
I can see why people enjoy this but I found it kind of boring honestly
I know the song, Tusk, and I kind of like it, so I figured I knew this album. Aside from that song, I didn't know any of it, and the album as a whole is mostly a bore.
best track: Angel
I admittedly skipped through this. I know its iconic but FM has always been a little dull to me.
Half the album was skipped
Enjoy the single Tusk, the rest of the album was hit and miss for me.
After the one-two punch of Fleetwood Mac and Rumors, there were ridiculously high expectations for Tusk. Lindsey Buckingham was widely credited for being the main architect of the sound and vibe for those albums, so he was freely indulged on Tusk (half of the songs are his compositions). The eponymously titled lead-off single, a ditsy earworm backed (really!) by a high school marching band, was released to great fanfare. The rock press pretended to like it, but the Tusk single was an embarrassment (albeit used brilliantly in the soundtrack of Boogie Nights 20 years later). On the strength of Fleetwood Mac's previous two albums and the attendant hype, the single was a minor hit. Now, I realize that the song is meant to be humorous, but it also makes the band look foolish. I remember being embarrassed for them when it came out on the radio. The stink was bad enough that I didn't bother to listen to Tusk for another 50 years. As an album, Tusk was a huge commercial disappointment given the outsized expectations. Fortunately for us, Tusk the double album is far better than Tusk the single would lead you to believe. Inspired by the latest developments in punk and new wave, Lindsey Buckingham's songs are rife with sonic experimentation. Sometimes the stringed instruments sound homemade (from tuning the instruments way lower than normal, say), and the percussion often consists of random household items like frozen lamb chops and a Kleenex box being struck. Some instruments were miked in a studio replica of Lindsey Buckingham's bathroom or right next to a tile floor. The overall effect is scrappy and harsh, at least for Fleetwood Mac. Sometimes it pays off, sometimes it doesn't. That's All For Everyone is haunting and vibrant, like a weirder version of Brian Wilson. Not That Funny is amusingly scabrous in a gutbucket kind of way. That's Enough For Me and I Know I'm Not Wrong have a nervous, coked up energy that's kind of thrilling. Walk A Thin Line memorably exudes paranoia and tension. Save Me A Place is a lesser effort, which isn't helped by cardboard percussion, simple mandolin strumming, and unaccountably ugly background vocals, inexcusable in a group with this much vocal talent. And of course, the title cut is wretched. The other two songwriters, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, provide a balance for Buckingham's eccentricity. Their contributions are either mellow ballads or gentle rockers. McVie comes off best. Her Never Make Me Cry is an especially lovely ballad. Honey Hi is as sweet as its title. Never Forget is upbeat and romantic, anchored by McVie's tasteful comping on electric piano and Buckingham's biting slide guitar. On the other hand, Stevie Nick's Sisters of the Moon is uninspired, by the numbers mopery in spite of Lindsey Buckingham's passionate guitar solo. Angel is similarly lackluster. Nicks is in full Glenda the Good Witch mode here, and it's boring. Her songs slow Tusk a crawl, a big problem in a double album. Equally as damaging, the hooks just don't sink very deep on Tusk, the way they did on Fleetwood Mac and Rumors. This is deadly for a mainstream pop band. If Fleetwood Mac had jettisoned most of the Stevie Nicks tunes, kept the strongest McVie compositions, and gotten rid of the title track, they would have had a pretty strong album. As it is, Tusk is a decidedly mixed bag
Tusk... more like Sukt... bland af.
Not keen. Maybe they made as a reaction to 'Rumours'? Trying to be wilfully obtuse..? Meh
Probably the most telling aspect was I forgot it was on. An argument against double albums.
not their best.
Its a fine album, the ledge and think about me are good, title track's also fun, the rest is sorta just filler to me though
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
IN ITS ENTIRETY?? i did not, in fact, listen to this in its entirety... the first three songs were pretty irritating. maybe i'll give it the benefit of the doubt? Sorry, Tony!
Seems like it is only good when Stevie Nicks sings. Lots of fluff and way too long.
Don't like ALL Fleetwood Mac apparently. Sara's great, and maybe another
For starters…I’m a huge Lindsay Buckingham fan. I would not want to be him and have to produce the follow-up to “Rumours”, one of the biggest rock records of all time. All that being said…this album falls way short. A lot of the songs would have been interesting if they’d been on a Lindsay solo record. On the follow-up to Rumours? Not so much. I appreciate the attempt to not repeat themselves, but that ambition wasn’t supported with many strong songs. That combined with the lofty expectations for this record contributed to this record sinking like a stone. A misfire for sure.
-Quite the surprised but I actively wanted to turn this off, most of it was boring -"Tusk" was great -"The Ledge" and "Sara" were good -Thay's pathetic for a double album
This album was really well produced, but also intolerable. The two songs that I enjoyed would not keep me from burning it in the rocks
Fleetwood Mac at their pop-rock blandest. None of the soul of the early years and not even any of the catchy tunes of Rumours. Occasionally feels like it might go somewhere experimental and interesting but always backs of and heads to safety. Basically forgettable start to finish.
Tusk by Fleetwood Mac (1979) By 1979, bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood had engineered the evolution of Fleetwood Mac from pioneering British blues in 1967 to global pop dominance, chiefly and ingeniously through the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks in 1975. This yielded two of the greatest albums of all time, Fleetwood Mac (1975) and Rumours (1977). In the production of Tusk in 1979, however, Lindsey Buckingham steered the group in a new direction—or rather his ego jumped into the driver’s seat. With tracks written as love poems (Stevie Nicks), guitar songs (Buckingham), and piano tunes (Christine McVie), it seems on this album that John McVie and Mick Fleetwood are just along for the ride (exception: “Tusk”). And that’s a shame. John McVie should have shortened Buckingham’s leash. A number of failed experiments (“The Ledge”, “Save Me a Place”, and, well, most all the nine songs by Buckingham except “Tusk”) and several sonic rehashes (“Over & Over”, “Think About Me”, “Sisters of the Moon”) leave the first-time listener disappointed, and likely to become a last-time listener. “Sara” and “Sisters of the Moon” are not songs for people who like music. They are songs for people who like Stevie Nicks. She’s likable enough, but the earth doesn’t shake. “Not That Funny” is not that good, but it is funny, in that tries to be pop and punk at the same time. It attempts to synthesize the un-synthesizable. And “That’s Enough for Me” is enough for anyone. Christine McVie seems to be the only member of the band who retained artistic integrity and creative flair (“Brown Eyes”, “Never Make Me Cry”, and “Honey Hi” are really good). On this album, Fleetwood Mac became fragmented. All five of the band members finalized splits from their significant others during the making of this record. It shows. But they still had to pay the bills. 2/5
Not a favourite of mine, nothing spectacular after the spectacular "Rumours"
abbastanza pesante come disco, ho avuto difficoltà a finirlo
"Sara" is the best song on the album, sung by Stevie Nicks. The rest of the album is pretty meh - nothing really stands out. 5/10.
It's seems funny that back when I was a lad, this album had a terrible reputation. But even with the huge sale numbers for 'Rumours', and as with a lot of those late 70s soft rock/AOR/MOR band, I can recall Fleetwood Mac being regarded as very uncool and naff, a relic of the outdated music from the previous decade. 'Tango In The Night' reestablished them but even after 1987, they didn't have the reputation they have now. The full reappraisal of the Mac is a relatively recent event. Over the 20 songs it's good, bad, ugly, totally incoherent and generally all over the place. It unsurprisingly sounds an album that was heavily influenced by a very large mountain of cocaine. Having said that Lindsay Buckingham never gets the credit her deserves - for both his songwriting and his guitar playing. The Twilight Singers version of his "What Makes You Think You're the One" is far superior though.
Fleetwood Mac nimenä herätti kiinnostusta. Hittibiisit ovat kovia mutta en ole varmaan mitään bändin albumia kuunnellut kokonaisuudessaan. Tämä oli aika hajanainen levy, kun kolmen eri vokalistin biisit olivat niin eri tyylisiä. Varsinkin mieslaulajan biisit ovat aika raskasta kuunneltavaa. Eipä kappaleetkaan toisaalta ole erityisen mieleen jääviä.
Really disconnected and uneven - really long as well
Note the best album by not my favourite band.
For an album like this you need time. It may he a grower but was underwhelmed on first listen.
I struggled to enjoy anything on this album. Was all just a bit to MOR, and quite frankly, boring. Dull lyrics, dull music. It's not terrible but it neither makes me want to dance or sit and listen. One to skip.
After listening to this album, it's clear that I'm a Fleetwood Mac normie. It wasn't bad and I get that they're going in a new, experimental direction but I just found it mostly boring more than anything else. Title track wasn't bad though
The first 1/3 of this album I was somewhat enjoying, but then it just kept becoming more derivative and boring. Some decent guitar work, but nothing that stood out to me as amazing. Some pretty vocals, I mean come on Stevie can sing, but again nothing that stood out to me too much. I'm a fan of a lot of the Fleetwood Mac songs off of Rumours, but this record just didn't really do it for me. By the last few tracks I was just waiting for it to be over.
Pretty boring.. Some of the songs sounds like unfinished demos.. Not my cup of the…
It has some ok songs but jsut confirms my belief about double albums. Probably wouldn't listen again.
I just don’t get the hype around this. I know Fleetwood Mac are iconic, but this album is disjointed and lacking in strong ideas. A lot of tracks feel like a test that needed more work. Others should have been culled.
Rumours I find too overplayed to enjoy so I thought I might like a FM album I hadn't heard before. Really boring unimaginative songs unfortunately
It didn't catch me
a princípio me trouxe um ar de estranhamento, com instrumentos um tanto mal mixados, mas depois li ser o propósito, por se tratar de algo experimental
A double album that is described as "experimental", Rolling Stone Magazine compared it to the Beatles's "White Album". Not only that, this album is very messy, mostly due to the band's own internal conflicts. The result? A long, boring double album that is definitely not Rumours 2. Congrats Buckingham, you did it. Among the sparse mess of this overall unimpressive album, I find Stevie Nicks's songs great. Kudos for carrying this 70 minute whopper of an album, Nicks. Love your voice.
Everything up to Tusk is middle-of-the-road soft rock at best, absolute brain-melting garbage at worst. Tusk is great. Never forget is back to middle-of-the-road soft rock. Would I listen to this album again? Oh good lord no. Not in a million years. Would I listen to Tusk again? Yes.
This projects is making me hate the 70s even more.
The follow up to Rumours. Some great moments, and a couple of great songs. Did NOT need to be a double album though!
So inconsistent. I’d compare it to Cerberus, but it’s more like Scrappy-Doo. Subtracting a star for the great expectations that Rumours generated.
Seemed just kind of generic in this day and age
I guess Rumours was a tough act to follow because this is a pretty mediocre effort. The only bright spot were Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie who both have really lovely voices. It's almost unfair for one band to have two solid lead vocalists such as these two. A surfeit of riches really. Apparently the band was going through some turmoil during this time and it shows, this album is pretty uneven and damned long. Even the album cover is quite underwhelming.
It seemed okay, but I probably need time to get into it.
I find Fleetwood Mac to be a story of two bands (Fleetwood and Mac?). The hit song one, represented best with Rumours, may not align with my tastes, but I totally get its success. The other, which we see more of in this album, can be outright boring some of the time and ordinary at best.
You can tell LB took a back seat on this album. It's still good in the sense that the talent and musicianship is there, but I still find this album mostly boring. It feels lazy (especially after Rumors).
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..
I didn't like it, I gave up half way through at the song Storms.
Edgeless boring uninteresting dreck
Yup, they suck. I tried but man this was horrible.
Wow! Nothing like Rumors