Say You Will (album)

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Say You Will
Fleetwood Mac - Say You Will.png
Studio album by
Released15 April 2003
Recorded1995-1997, Summer 2001-Fall 2002
GenreRock
Length75:56
LabelReprise
Producer
Fleetwood Mac chronology
The Dance
(1997)
Say You Will
(2003)
Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
(2004)
Singles from Say You Will
  1. "Peacekeeper"
    Released: April 15, 2003
  2. "Say You Will"
    Released: June 24, 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic66/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune(Mixed)[3]
Entertainment Weekly(Mixed)[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
People(Positive)[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]

Say You Will is the 17th studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, released on 15 April 2003. It was the first Fleetwood Mac album since Kiln House in 1970 that did not include tracks written by vocalist/keyboardist Christine McVie, who had left the band in 1998. It was however the band's first studio album since Time was released in 1995. Members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks shared keyboard duties for the album, though Christine McVie is featured on two songs which had been originally recorded for an unreleased Lindsey Buckingham solo album (tracks 13 and 14). It also marks the first and only album in 16 years to feature Buckingham as a full-time member.

Say You Will was the first studio Fleetwood Mac album to peak in the top 3 in the US since 1982's Mirage.[8] The album debuted at No. 3 with sales of 218,000, spent two months within the top 40, and was certified Gold by the RIAA in July 2003 for 500,000 copies shipped in the US. It debuted on the UK charts at No. 6 with sales of approximately 34,000 and has also been certified Gold for 100,000 copies shipped. It has sold over 150,000 copies in the UK.

A limited edition version of the album was issued at the same time, featuring two live tracks ("Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will"), two additional studio tracks (Nicks' "Not Make Believe" and Buckingham's cover of Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"), an expanded booklet and poster.

Background[edit]

Soon after the release of Time, Billy Burnette and Bekka Bramlett departed to form the country duo Bekka & Billy. Rather than continuing on, the band instead opted to disband. By 1997, the Rumours lineup had agreed to perform again for an MTV Unplugged special. Following the successful reunion album, The Dance, which featured a live performance of "Bleed to Love Her",[9] McVie left the band, citing her fear of flying as the primary reason for her departure.[10]

In the early 2000s, Buckingham was finishing up a solo album, but got the call from Warner Bros to work on a Fleetwood Mac studio album instead. Buckingham agreed and set aside a large portion of his songs for Say You Will.[11] Several of these songs already had Fleetwood and McVie on drums and bass, which made the album easier to complete, although additional overdubs were still made. Nicks brought in a batch of new songs to round out the album.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."What's the World Coming To?"Lindsey Buckingham, Julian Raymond3:48
2."Murrow Turning Over in His Grave"Buckingham4:12
3."Illume (9-11)"Stevie Nicks4:51
4."Thrown Down"Nicks4:02
5."Miranda"Buckingham4:18
6."Red Rover"Buckingham3:58
7."Say You Will"Nicks3:49
8."Peacekeeper"Buckingham4:11
9."Come"Buckingham, Neale Heywood5:59
10."Smile at You"Nicks4:33
11."Running Through the Garden"Nicks, Ray Kennedy, Gary Nicholson4:34
12."Silver Girl"Nicks3:59
13."Steal Your Heart Away"Buckingham3:33
14."Bleed to Love Her"Buckingham4:06
15."Everybody Finds Out"Nicks, Rick Nowels4:29
16."Destiny Rules"Nicks4:26
17."Say Goodbye"Buckingham3:26
18."Goodbye Baby"Nicks3:52

Note

  • "Bleed to Love Her" was previously available on The Dance as a live version.

Personnel[edit]

Fleetwood Mac

Additional musicians

  • Christine McVie – Hammond Organ, Keyboards on "Steal Your Heart Away", backing vocals on "Bleed to Love Her" and "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • Sheryl Crow – Hammond organ and backing vocals on "Say You Will" and "Silver Girl"
  • Jamie Muhoberac – Hammond organ on "Come"
  • John Pierce – bass guitar (verses) on "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • John Shanks – additional keyboards on "What's the World Coming To" and Additional Guitar on "Peacekeeper"
  • Dave Palmer – piano on "Steal Your Heart Away"
  • Jessica James Nicks, Molly McVie, Madelyne Felsch – backing vocals on "Say You Will"

Production

Charts and certifications[edit]

Music promo videos[edit]

Music videos were shot for "Peacekeeper" and "Say You Will", both of these videos were stage performances of both songs. Neither of these videos are commercially available.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Allmusic review
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