I love FM, but this album is plain creepy. Of their other albums, FM displays elegance. This album is crass and disturbing. Especially the song Come, which sounds like screams from hell. The only good songs are Say You Will, Thrown Down and Destiny Rules. Missing Christine.
By suzy creamcheese
To me, the best songs on the album are the ones so many here dislike: "Murrow Turning Over in His Grave" and "Come." I love Buckingham's edgy experiments and wish the album had more of them. Many of the songs that others like I find a bit bland or derivative or gimmicky. For example, there seems to be a crow cawing in the chorus of "Peacekeeper," which sounds more than a little like the chorus of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" (sans crow).
Although the amazing and very talented christine mcvie was absent during the recording of this album (and she could have brought many amazing songs to it) this album is still crazy good! Very underrated. Every song has an crazy backstory to back up and equally crazy song! Absolute perfection!
Could live without some songs
Just about all of the Nicks tracks shine, though I was not overly impressed with the new version of "Smile At You" or "Everybody Finds Out". Some of the Lindsey stuff was a bit odd, but since Rumours he has always been hit and miss so I expected that. Missed Christine a lot. Overall, I think it's a good effort and has a bunch of great songs mixed in.
I’m 25 and got into Fleetwood Mac with their live album “The Dance” and this has a similar sound to that. I really prefer their newer sound to the older one. I got this album probably in 2005 and recently revisited it and was reminded of how much I love it.
By Musicfan 399
Miss Fantasy is great.
A Great Return
I agree with Dez. the three songs he mentioned weren't right for this album and I took them off the CD I burned for the car (I don't download or listen to digital sources, still buy records and CD's here!) but the rest of the record is fantastic. I've never loved Christine McVie so her absence actually worked in favor of this album. she sounds ok blending harmonies with the rest but as a lead singer I can do without her. "What's The World Coming To", "Peacekeeper", "Illume", "Thrown Down". all classics. I hope the new album that's coming out in 2015 is at least half as good as this album!
The BEST FM Album
I love the texture and ambiance on this record. The songwriting is excellent. Perfection from beginning to end. Thanks Lindsey! Thanks Mac!
I thought it was an awesome, even though I missed Christine. Everybody Finds Out is my favorite.....
Give It A Few Listens
By Mike in Minneapolis
I bought the deluxe version of this CD (2 extra studio tracks and 2 live tracks included) when it was released in 2003. I wasn't a fan of it for a very long time for a big reason. It didn't feel like Fleetwood Mac. It felt like a Stevie Nicks solo album and a Lindsey Buckingham solo album mashed together with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie along for the ride. Even Stevie Nicks, who has been very vocal about her distaste not only for the two year tour that accompanied this album, but the finished cuts of her tracks on the album (I agree, she sounds very over-produced on most of her 9 songs/10 if you have the deluxe set), was unhappy with the product because of the absence of Christine McVie. Christine retired from the Mac after the Dance Tour ended in 1998 and their RRHOF induction. Christine's absence is what makes this record sound like two solo efforts mashed together. Christine's soft voice and amazing harmonies provided (as well has her keen ability to write amazing pop-rock songs) always provided a balance between Stevie and Lindsey.
I give this album five stars today because it took several years to grow on me. I saw Fleetwood Mac live in 2003 and 2004 and again in 2009, and while Christine Mcvie's absence is still very noticable (mostly due to the fact that many of the band's greatest hits are her songs - You Make Loving Fun, Don't Stop (doesn't sound the same with Stevie singing her parts), Say You Love Me, Little Lies, Everywhere, Hold Me, Over My Head) I began to appreciate the band's new sound. Without Christine's prominent keyboard/piano element in the songs the band gained an edgier/less popish sound.