Buckingham still compelling

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Lindsey Buckingham performs on Aug. 28 in Green Bay at the Meyer Theatre and on Aug. 29 in Washburn at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. - Photo: BuckinghamNicks.net

Lindsey Buckingham, the former partner (both romantic and creative) of Stevie Nicks, did something significant for the British blues band Fleetwood Mac when he and Nicks joined the group in the mid-1970s. He made them popular. By bringing his unique pop flair to Fleetwood Mac, he provided the group with the critical and, more importantly, commercial success that had eluded it in the States.

In 1981, Buckingham, like Nicks, released his first solo disc. “Law and Order,” with its sexy George Hurrell cover pic, echoed some of what Buckingham had been doing with the Mac (see the hit single “Trouble”). It also allowed him to stretch himself.

Going solo again in 1984 with the more experimental “Go Insane” (the title tune becoming a modest hit), Buckingham established a pattern of releasing solo albums every few years, with the longest gap occurring between 1992’s “Out of the Cradle” and 2006’s “Under the Skin.” It was during this period that Fleetwood Mac regrouped, featuring both Buckingham and Nicks, and released the live “The Dance” disc and the studio album “Say You Will.”

History repeated itself 30 years after Buckingham and Nicks released their first solo efforts. Nicks returned to form with “In Your Dreams” and Buckingham made a strong comeback with “Seeds We Sow.”

Unlike Nicks’ album, Buckingham’s self-released “Seeds We Sew” is a no-frills project, performed, recorded and mixed by Buckingham. You can still hear the Buckingham of his Fleetwood Mac-era’s “Tusk,” as well as the Buckingham who continued to explore his experimental side over the course of his various solo releases.

“Seeds We Sew” is every bit as compelling as “In Your Dreams.” Highlights include the elaborately rhythmic “In Our Own Time,” “Gone Too Far,” “Stars Are Crazy”(on which Buckingham shows off his trademark fretwork) and the fittingly dreamy “Rock Away Blind.” 

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