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CD Review: ‘Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac’

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Various Artists
Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Three stars

Brought to you by the same folks who curated last year’s Rave On Buddy Holly, this Fleetwood Mac tribute seems a tad unfair in its obsession with Stevie Nicks. Of its 17 tracks, a whopping 10 are Nicks compositions, with four tipping their hat to Mac’s pre-California/pre-platinum early years and only two giving it up for Lindsey Buckingham. Poor Christine McVie appears only once (!?!), but the New Pornographers manage to right that wrong by turning her radiant “Think About Me” into the album’s greatest bit. Other highlights include Best Coast’s clap-along recast of “Rhiannon,” Lykke Li’s lovely, echo-drenched reading of “Silver Springs,” Antony’s faithfully spare performance of “Landslide” and Marianne Faithfull’s devilish spin on “Angel.” But despite some winning blues and psychedelic detours, the second half gets bogged down with about three too many ho-hum interpretations of lesser Nicks songs. And the covers of “Gypsy” and “Dreams” are pretty useless.

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