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Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
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Studio album by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie
Released June 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)
Recorded 2014–2017
Studio The Village Recorder
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 39:36
Label
Producer
Lindsey Buckingham chronology
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(2012) One Man Show2012
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Christine McVie chronology
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(2004) In the Meantime2004
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Singles from Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie
  1. "In My World"
    Released: April 14, 2017[1]
  2. "Red Sun"
    Released: June 1, 2017 (UK)
  3. "Feel About You"
    Released: August 2017 (UK)
  4. "Lay Down for Free"
    Released: August 10, 2017[3]

Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie (also referred to as simply Buckingham McVie) is a studio album by Fleetwood Mac vocalists Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, released on June 9, 2017.[1][4] Four of the five members of Fleetwood Mac are featured on the album; vocalist Stevie Nicks is the sole member absent from the album.[5] The album sold over 22,000 units in the US in its first week and debuted within the top 20. It proved to be even more successful in the UK, where it debuted within the top 5. In November 2017, the album was also certified silver with sales exceeding 60,000 units.

Background[edit]

A few months after Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac in 2014, she and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham reconvened at Studio D at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles. The band had previously used the studio to record their 1979 album Tusk. To flesh things out, the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie provided the album's drums and bass.[6] By the end of the two-month session, they had already laid down eight songs, including "Carnival Begin", "Too Far Gone" and "Red Sun".[7] Recording was then put on hold when Fleetwood Mac began preparations for their On with the Show tour.[8]

While Buckingham and McVie were able to rekindle their musical chemistry during these sessions, neither of them expected this project to progress any further.[9]

In 2015, Stevie Nicks announced her plans to work with Fleetwood Mac in the studio, and claimed that the band had plenty of material to work with.[10] However, she later rescinded those promises, and sessions were backed up even further.[11] Nicks instead opted to go on tour for her solo album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.[12] McVie and Buckingham ultimately decided to release the album as a duo rather than wait for Nicks to participate.[13] Work commenced at the end of 2016, more than two years after the initial recording sessions.[14]

In the album's early stages, McVie would send Buckingham some demos to work on. McVie contributed lyrics and helped Buckingham develop his own compositions. "She would write lyrics and maybe paraphrase the melody — and come up with something far better than what I would have done if I'd taken it down the road myself.”[15] Two of those songs, "Red Sun" and "Too Far Gone", started off in this fashion.[16]

The complete track list was released on April 11. Buckingham also released this joint statement: "We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions, and said to ourselves, 'What took us so long?!'"[1] "Feel About You", was released on April 27 as a promotional single. Co-written by both Buckingham and McVie, Rolling Stone described the track as "bubbly pop-rock" in nature with a "jangly, infectious chorus".[17] Buckingham confessed that the track was McVie's composition, but he altered the song enough to warrant a co-writing credit.[18]

"Sleeping Around the Corner", the album's opening track, was previously included as a bonus track on the digital edition of Buckingham's 2011 solo album, Seeds We Sow in the US.[19] McVie took an immediate liking to the track, so Buckingham made some minor adjustments to finish it off.[20]

Buckingham and McVie released a mini behind-the scenes documentary in May discussing the development of various tracks, including "On With the Show" and "Carnival Begin". Unlike Fleetwood Mac's Say You Will, these recording sessions were comparatively laid back relaxed; this proved to be very therapeutic for McVie.

"For me, this is all a fresh beginning. I didn't know myself I'd end up coming back into the band after so long: 16 years...I guess I've rediscovered my love for writing and my love for music. I seemed to have evolved quite organically because I've been sending Lindsey some rough demos; He's refined them and shaped them into some of our best material ever."[21]

Release[edit]

On March 24, 2017, McVie announced the duo's album would be released on June 9, 2017. McVie also stated the album would be available for purchase on "iTunes and vinyl – it will be available everywhere".[4] "In My World" was also released as a single on April 14 through streaming and digital services.[1] While the single failed to make the UK Top 100, it did reach #86 on the sales chart.[22] Both the album's second and third singles, "Red Sun" and "Feel About You", received modest airplay.[23][24]

Live performances[edit]

Buckingham and McVie performing in 2017.

On April 11, 2017, a 14-date North American tour was announced.[1] The setlist includes eight of the album's ten tracks, as well as a couple Buckingham solo cuts.[25] Their performance in Woodinville, Washington will take place just three days after Fleetwood Mac's joint performance with Earth, Wind & Fire and Journey at Classic West.[26] They will tour alongside alternative rock band The Wallflowers for select dates.[27] "In My World" was also performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[28]

Some additional North American shows were later added in August, including one in Los Angeles and another in New York City.[29] The band also announced a second North American leg beginning in October, which will include 22 shows.[30]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[31]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[32]
The Guardian4/5 stars[33]
Paste7.4/10 stars[34]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[35]

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a score of 72, based on 20 reviews.[31] Thom Jurek of AllMusic singled out the first three songs as "absolute knockouts". He labeled "Red Sun", “Love Is Here to Stay", and "Carnival Begin" as the other standouts.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 17 on Billboard 200 with 23,000 equivalent album units, 22,000 of which were in traditional album sales. The chart ranking is higher than either of the two artists' solo projects.[5] UK sales racked up over 19,000 units, which was enough to vault the album to the #5 spot.[36]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Sleeping Around the Corner" (lead vocals: Buckingham)Lindsey BuckinghamBuckingham3:48
2."Feel About You" (lead vocals: McVie)
3:28
3."In My World" (lead vocals: Buckingham)Buckingham
4:25
4."Red Sun" (lead vocals: McVie)
  • McVie
  • Buckingham
  • Buckingham
  • Needham[a]
3:15
5."Love Is Here to Stay" (lead vocals: Buckingham)BuckinghamBuckingham4:25
6."Too Far Gone" (lead vocals: McVie)
  • McVie
  • Buckingham
  • Buckingham
  • Needham[a]
3:21
7."Lay Down for Free" (lead vocals: Buckingham)Buckingham
  • Buckingham
  • Froom
3:56
8."Game of Pretend" (lead vocals: McVie)McVie
  • Buckingham
  • Needham[a]
4:34
9."On with the Show" (lead vocals: Buckingham)BuckinghamBuckingham, Froom3:47
10."Carnival Begin" (lead vocals: McVie)McVie
  • Buckingham
  • Needham[a]
4:40
Total length:39:39
  • ^a signifies a co-producer

Personnel[edit]

  • Lindsey Buckingham – guitars, keyboards, bass guitar, piano, percussion, drums, synthesizer strings, programming, vocals
  • Christine McVie – keyboards, organ, piano, rhodes, vocals

Additional personnel

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[37] 21
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[38] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[39] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[40] 65
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[41] 35
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[42] 14
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[43] 27
Irish Albums (IRMA)[44] 9
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[45] 22
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[46] 31
Scottish Albums (OCC)[47] 2
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[48] 76
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[49] 28
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[50] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[51] 5
US Billboard 200[52] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

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