Q magazine, Issue #33, June 1989

by Rob Beattie

The Other Side Of The Mirror

Stevie Nicks' fourth solo album is another set of soft rockers. Produced by Rupert Hine, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR sees her twirling and swirling through old territory. Everything is big in Stevie's world—the sky cries, crystal mirrors tell the truth, love is obsessive and people live intense lives. Thus, on Ghosts she sings: "To fill the empty spaces she depends on her music like a husband." On Two Kinds of Love, on the other hand, she depends on some fine sax courtesy of Kenny G, and vocals from Bruce Hornsby (who also contributes the piano part on Juliet, but is dumped shamefully far back in the mix). The best tracks (Long Way To Go, Cry Wolf and the single, Rooms On Fire) are elegant poppy things with strong synth hooks, loads of double-tracked voices, and big drums up front. Overall, it's not as light and varied as her work with Fleetwood Mac, and in a climate increasingly populated by Tanitas, Michelles and Tracys, her little girl sensibilities are sometimes a bit grating.

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