Fleetwood Mac – Mystery To Me (1973/2017) [Mora FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Fleetwood Mac – Mystery To Me (1973/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 48:09 minutes | 1,76 GB | Genre: Rock
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Mystery to Me is the eighth studio album by British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac, originally released in October 1973. This was their last album to feature Bob Weston. Most of the songs were penned by guitarist/singer Bob Welch and keyboardist/singer Christine McVie, who were playing a major role in edging the band’s sound towards the radio-friendly pop-rock that would make them highly successful a few years later. Although the album only sold moderately and produced no hit singles, “Hypnotized” did become an FM radio staple for many years. In the wake of the Buckingham/Nicks led line-up’s success a few years later, it achieved Gold status in 1976.

At this point, the band was best-known as a British blues unit. Slowly but surely the band was becoming more acclimated with a production style that was reminiscent of the California pop sound. With the majority of the blues and psychedelic behind them, Mystery to Me finds Fleetwood Mac in a more ruminative vein. American guitarist Bob Welch established that path. Despite the all-encompassing ethos, Welch’s songwriting skills made him walk a fine line between the mystical and the silly. But luckily most everything works here. The leadoff song, the laid-back “Emerald Eyes” matches Welch’s spacey lyrics and vocals as Christine McVie provides great backing help. The album’s best track, the gorgeous and lyrically strong “Hypnotized” has Welch matching an effortless, soothing croon with jazzy guitar riffs. Throughout Mystery to Me the amazing and almost telepathic drums and bass of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie give this effort more panache and muscle than was represented on this effort’s predecessor, Bare Trees. The best Bob Welch offering, “Keep on Going,” has a strong, soulful string arrangement and Christine McVie’s customary sensual and poised vocals. The only weak spot is the ill-advised cover of “For Your Love” that’s steeped in hackneyed, post-psychedelic style. Mystery to Me’s interesting sound is directly attributed to the fact that it was recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile Unit. This effort is custom-made for those who like thoughtful offerings and is a valuable set in the scheme of the band. ~~ AllMusic Review by Jason Elias

01 – Emerald Eyes
02 – Believe Me
03 – Just Crazy Love
04 – Hypnotized
05 – Forever
06 – Keep Going On
07 – The City
08 – Miles Away
09 – Somebody
10 – The Way I Feel
11 – For Your Love
12 – Why

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