Dirty Linen, December 92/January 93
by Ellen Geisel

Lindsey Buckingham
Out of the Cradle
Reprise 9 26182-2

The problem with being one of the architects of just about the best pop-rock band of all time is that you set yourself up for an inordinate amount of criticism in your solo endeavors. And, the critics too find themselves caught in a quandary. Do we listen to Lindsey Buckingham's Out of the Cradle and zero in on the snippets of Fleetwood Mac-isms that are undoubtedly going to be there? (Yes, purists, like it or not, Paul McCartney solo, will still hold some traces of the Beatles' ambiance.) Or do we search for that surge of originality that says "He's moved on?" The fact of the matter is that, as expected, the layers of precocity in "Don't Look Down" are decidedly FM-ish; and Buckingham's way with guitar textures surely hearkens back to another musical configuration. Yet Buckingham also chooses to include his "Say We'll Meet Again," that sounds like an end-of-summer lament written by someone whose interests involve much more than just sun, sand, girls and surfboards. And the sparkling instrumental take on Rodgers and Hammerstein II's "This Nearly Was Mine" shows him to be writing some Renaissance pages for this immensely enjoyable piece of musical literature. The title says it all - it sounds like Buckingham has taken some kind of first step toward an appealing fusion of the earnestly familiar with the excitingly experimental.

Thanks to Luke for posting this to The Ledge.