Lindsey Buckingham: Seeds We Sow

Return of the Mac.

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Given that he’s partly responsible for selling something in the region of 100 million albums, you’d probably forgive Lindsey Buckingham for resting on his soft-rock laurels and doling out the odd solo record studded with similarly self-satisfied superstar chums. But he’s never been one to follow the accepted route.

Seeds We Sow, Buckingham’s third album in five years, finds the singer/guitarist in the most prolific patch of his post-Fleetwood Mac career.

A beautifully understated album it is too, despite a couple of Mac-lite songs near the end. Made at home in LA, it’s a solo record in the truest sense, with Buckingham recording and writing everything himself, save for an unexpected cover of the Stones’ She Smiled Sweetly.

The album is certainly a wonderful showcase for his restlessly descriptive guitar playing, spitting out flurries of acoustic notes like Nick Drake or John Fahey on In Our Own Time and Stars Are Crazy. And he still has a great knack for knocking out a ringing pop tune, as evinced by That’s The Way That Love Goes, with its dancing guitar figure and wistful air of resignation.

He puts this recent rash of creativity down to new-found domestic bliss. Long may it continue.

Rob Hughes

Freelance writer for Classic Rock since 2008, and sister title Prog since its inception in 2009. Regular contributor to Uncut magazine for over 20 years. Other clients include Word magazine, Record Collector, The Guardian, Sunday Times, The Telegraph and When Saturday Comes. Alongside Marc Riley, co-presenter of long-running A-Z Of David Bowie podcast. Also appears twice a week on Riley’s BBC6 radio show, rifling through old copies of the NME and Melody Maker in the Parallel Universe slot. Designed Aston Villa’s kit during a previous life as a sportswear designer. Geezer Butler told him he loved the all-black away strip.