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Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

The wild heart still beats.

Not since she shagged the drummer at the pinnacle of Rumours has Stevie Nicks exhibited such poor timing.

Having waited a decade to release the follow-up to 2001’s Trouble In Shangri-La, she chooses a time when the air is thick with talk of new Kate Bush material totally stealing Stevie’s 70s mystic chanteuse thunder.

Still, she makes a fine return, eschewing the pop gloss of her Rooms On Fire period for her country folk roots, delivered with grace, pout and without resorting to Twain-ish gimmickry. No longer cracked by Klonopin, Nicks’s voice is rich, confident and snake-coiled, whether lilting through classical country such as For What It’s Worth or slyly belting out well-muscled rockers like Ghosts Are Gone.

But, for all the Kraftwerk-like synth nods on Everybody Loves You and the Jean Rhys references on the sassy Wide Sargasso Sea, it’s the sublime Secret Love – originally written in 1976 – and the Lindsey Buckingham collaboration Soldier’s Angel – essentially a Chain-laden Gold Dust Woman – that will demand, and reward, the most avid attention. Sorry, Kate who?

Mark Beaumont is a music journalist with almost three decades' experience writing for publications including Classic Rock, NME, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Times, Uncut and Melody Maker. He has written major biographies on Muse, Jay-Z, The Killers, Kanye West and Bon Iver and his debut novel [6666666666] is available on Kindle (opens in new tab).