Out Now: Lindsey Buckingham’s New Self-Titled Record, His First in a Decade and a Show of Resilience (Listen)

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It’s been a long time coming, but today, Sept. 17, Lindsey Buckingham released his self-titled solo album. It marks the first such release from the longtime Fleetwood Mac guitarist/songwriter since 2011’s Seeds We Sow (not including his 2017 collaborative record Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie). 

The span of years between solo releases have been eventful for Buckingham, to say the least, both from his personal experiences with open heart surgery in 2019 to his firing from Fleetwood Mac in 2018. Internalizing these experiences into a new creative streak, the music on Lindsey Buckingham was written, produced and recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles.

The tidy, two-minute burst of “Scream” opens the track with Buckingham’s signature sound fully intact, despite all he’s gone through:

Said Buckingham of the new album:

“Everything on the record is me, for better or worse. Many of the songs on this album are about the work and discipline it takes in maintaining a long-term relationship. Some of them are more about the discipline and some of them are more about the perks. ‘Scream’ is about the perks. It felt very celebratory and it was also very, very simple and short. To the point. It didn’t evolve into some huge thing. It made its case and got the hell out. It just seemed like a good place to start the album, somehow. It’s very upbeat and very optimistic and very positive. It’s a celebration of an aspect of life.”

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“On The Wrong Side” is a standout, Buckingham sounding as crisp as ever with his songwriting:

That song, in particular, reflects on his experiences in and out of Fleetwood Mac, drawing its inspiration from “the peaks and valleys of life on the road with Fleetwood Mac,” per a news release, with Buckingham expanding upon that idea with a statement:

Buckingham says the song evokes “Go Your Own Way,” in that it’s “not a happy song, subject-matter wise, but it was an ebullient song musically. This was sort of the same idea.”

The build-up to the release of the record also featured an eyebrow-raising feature with the Los Angeles Times in which Buckingham discusses his firing from Fleetwood Mac — and inspiring responses from both Stevie Nicks and Irving Azoff.

Being fired from Fleetwood Mac, compounded by Buckingham’s February 2019 heart attack and, later, his wife divorcing him after 21 years of marriage, left him in a tough state. As he told the Times:

“I’ll tell you what: Between the Fleetwood Mac stuff and the heart attack, it’s all been humbling,” Buckingham says now. “I’ve never suffered from a lack of confidence, and sometimes could get carried away with that in the process of leading the band. But everything has pulled me in a little bit. I’m not as aggressive a person as I was before, which is probably not a bad thing. It made me look around more — and become less self-involved, hopefully.”

This high-profile back-and-forth illustrates that there is still a significant rift between Buckingham and his former band. Listening to his new album, it’s readily apparent he channeled a lot of that energy into some of his most engaging music in a while. Given the on-again, off-again nature of Fleetwood Mac over the years regarding Buckingham, it will be interesting to see whether they are able to bury the hatchet once again in the future.

In the meantime, listen to Lindsey Buckingham below.

Catch Buckingham on his solo tour this fall, on now:

9/18/2021 Tropicana Casino & Resort – Atlantic City, NJ
9/19/2021 Santander Performing Arts Center – Reading, PA
9/21/2021 Knight Theatre – Charlotte, NC
9/22/2021 Woodruff Arts Center – Symphony Hall – Atlanta, GA
9/24/2021 Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
9/26/2021 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
9/27/2021 Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
9/29/2021 King Center for the Performing Arts – Melbourne, FL
9/30/2021 Parker Playhouse – Fort Lauderdale, FL
12/2/2021 The Theatre at Ace Hotel – Los Angeles, CA
12/3/2021 Magnolia Performing Arts Center – El Cajon, CA
12/5/2021 Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, AZ
12/8/2021 The Paramount Theatre For the Performing arts – Austin, TX
12/9/2021 Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX
12/11/2021 Smart Financial Centre – Sugar Land, TX
12/13/2021 Von Braun Center – Mars Music Hall – Huntsville, AL
12/15/2021 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
12/17/2021 The Criterion – Oklahoma City, OK
12/18/2021 Orpheum Theatre – Wichita, KS
12/20/2021 Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO

5/17/22 – Dublin, IE – Helix
5/19/22 – Glasgow, UK – SEC Armadillo
5/21/22 – Liverpool, UK – Philharmonic
5/22/22 – London, UK – Palladium
5/24/22 – Ghent, BE – Capitole
5/25/22 – Paris, FR – La Cigale
5/26/22 – Utrecht, NL – Tivolivrendenburg
5/28/22 – Berlin, DE – Theater am Potsdamer Platz
5/30/22 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
5/31/22 – Oslo, NO – Folketeateret

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