Q Magazine Album Review
August 1992

Out of the Cradle (4 out of 5 stars)
Lindsey Buckingham

by Ian Cranna

Eight years after his last solo album and four years after leaving Fleetwood Mac, Buckinghamís new work at first sounds as frustratingly half-finished and bitty as his other two solo ventures.† Subsequent plays, however, reveal something of a treasure.† Itís very much a guitar album, densely worked with intricate arrangements.† Omitting the self-indulgent linking pieces and refining the arrangements would have helped, but the songs shine brighter with every play.

Mostly co-written by and produced with long-time collaborator Richard Dashut, itís largely divided between the intense personal songs in the style of his work with Fleetwood Mac, and a second group written more in the vein of Tin Pan Alley.† These are the ones that really hook, with their gorgeous melodies and Ď50s harmonies which could well bring chart hits, the dark side to the lyrics notwithstanding.†

There are a couple of covers too, by no means easy to spot: a reworked "All My Sorrows" (a folk song by the Kingston Trio) and a brief guitar instrumental version of South Pacificís "This Nearly Was Mine."

A diverse, even untidy, album, but its songs combine emotion, taste and the element of challenge to amply repay any effort invested.<

Thanks to Les for posting this on the Ledge and to Anusha for sending this to us.