Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow

January 01, 1970



Lindsey Buckingham has for so long been a part of the one of
the biggest mainstream pop bands in the world – Fleetwood Mac, of course –  that we tend to forget what an oddball he can
be. When the singer/guitarist makes solo records – formerly infrequently, but Seeds We Sow is his third in five years
– he takes his cues from the experimental Tusk more than the mainstream blockbuster Rumours.
Seeds runs on Buckingham’s usual
staples – sparkling melody and superlative guitar work, particularly
hyperactive acoustics in this case – but it’s the production that makes the
record more than a soft rock side project. Looking back to the quirky arrangements
of Out of the Cradle and the
synthesized sheen of Go Insane,
Buckingham takes often simple tunes and processes them into a strange mix of weirdness
and clarity.


“One Take,” while sporting an immediately catchy chorus and
a burning guitar solo, is powered by deliberately old-fashioned electronic
drums and clipped singing, sounding beamed in from another dimension. “Rock
Away Blind,” outside of its enigmatic libretto, floats on a sea of air while
still digging its roots into the ground. “Stars Are Crazy” revolves around the
tension between Buckingham’s fleet-fingered acoustic guitar and his urgent
singing, which sound out of sync in a beguiling way. “Gone Too Far” and the
title track even alter the auteur’s voice to sound younger, thinner and more


Buckingham does play it straight from time to time – “She
Smiles Sweetly” lives up to its title with just voice, guitar and a no-frills
tune, while “End of the Line” and “That’s the Way Love Goes” just need the
voices of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie to be Mac tracks. The rocking
“Illumination” boasts not only an obviously anthemic chorus but a production
job straight out of Tango in the Night.


Buckingham’s hero has always been Brian Wilson, another
eccentric whose forte is combining heavenly melody with imaginative production.
Without sounding anything like Pet Sounds,
Seeds We Sow indicates Buckingham has
absorbed Wilson’s
lessons well.


Are Crazy,” “Illumination,” “Gone Too Far” MICHAEL TOLAND

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