In the Meantime

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since bowing out of Fleetwood Mac a few reunion tours ago, Christine McVie has flown under the radar more effectively than a trained Air Force pilot. But on this, her third solo album -- and first since splitting from her longtime mates -- McVie reveals neither burnout nor rust. In point of fact, her singing voice is every bit as mountain-stream pure as it was during the Mac's heyday. Some of In the Meantime's dozen tracks recall that era vividly. The easygoing rocker "Friend," for instance, could readily be played back-to-back with something like "Say You Love Me"; "Sweet Revenge," on the other hand, transposes one of McVie's signature melodies onto a more modern, ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since bowing out of Fleetwood Mac a few reunion tours ago, Christine McVie has flown under the radar more effectively than a trained Air Force pilot. But on this, her third solo album -- and first since splitting from her longtime mates -- McVie reveals neither burnout nor rust. In point of fact, her singing voice is every bit as mountain-stream pure as it was during the Mac's heyday. Some of In the Meantime's dozen tracks recall that era vividly. The easygoing rocker "Friend," for instance, could readily be played back-to-back with something like "Say You Love Me"; "Sweet Revenge," on the other hand, transposes one of McVie's signature melodies onto a more modern, angular set of rhythms. She also proves willing to venture out of her comfort zone with regularity. The languid "Northern Star" skates into the icy-cool soul territory that Annie Lennox has inhabited for ages, while the darkly resonant "Calumny," on which McVie explores the lower range of her vocal register, has something of a late-'60s Brit-folk air about it. In the Meantime proves Christine McVie is in possession of a rare skill -- that of subtle reinvention, an ability to move forward without throwing the baby out with the bath water.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Christine McVie opted out of the reunited Fleetwood Mac's return to the studio for 2003's Say You Will, and listening to her 2004 solo album In the Meantime, it's easy to see why. She simply didn't want work on such a grand scale as Fleetwood Mac. She wanted to make a low-key, intimate, mellow record that's more about atmosphere than songwriting. It makes In the Meantime an unassuming return to recording -- it's hardly a big splash that some might expect after a 20-year wait between solo records -- and it's not bad. It's not particularly memorable since the songs are so low-key that they tend to float by one by one, sustaining the friendly, relaxed vibe, but not going much beyond that, either. Yet, there's a certain charm in that, especially in comparison to the big-budget, widescreen epics of such Mac albums as Tango in the Night, where each track was meticulously arranged and assembled piece by piece. Here, McVie is comfortable, playing with a sympathetic band, and sounding at ease for the first time in years. It's nice to hear her so relaxed, and while it's hard not to wish that it was easier to remember the songs once the album was finished, it's hard not to enjoy In the Meantime as it's playing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923960027
  • Catalog Number: 9600
  • Sales rank: 13,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Friend (4:30)
  2. 2 You Are (3:35)
  3. 3 Northern Star (5:22)
  4. 4 Bad Journey (4:29)
  5. 5 Anything Is Possible (3:15)
  6. 6 Calumny (4:54)
  7. 7 So Sincere (3:39)
  8. 8 Easy Come, Easy Go (4:32)
  9. 9 Liar (3:53)
  10. 10 Sweet Revenge (3:50)
  11. 11 Forgiveness (3:44)
  12. 12 Givin' It Back (4:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Christine McVie Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Billy Burnette Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Luis Conte Percussion
Steve Ferrone Drums
George Hawkins Bass, Background Vocals
David Isaacs Background Vocals
Dan Perfect Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Billy Burnette Composer
Christine McVie Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Robbie Patton Composer
Ken Caillat Producer, Audio Production
George Hawkins Composer
Eddy Quintela Composer
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Martin Wyatt Executive Producer
John Perfect Liner Notes
Ben Georgiades Engineer
Claus Trelby Engineer
Dan Perfect Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still got it

    her voice was really the spine of fleetwood mac she still has a handle on her talents she hasn't sold out like so many others or tried to reinvent herself thanks for that i think this is a good cd i never hurts to have the rest chiming in but i'll take this it works

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Splendid

    While Christine McVie's musical talents were sorely missed on the latest Fleetwood Mac album, she has proven with this solo album that she still has the knack for writing lovely pop ballads and singing with her unmistakable voice that's still as charming as ever. The album is simplicity in itself and some of the tunes hark back to Christine's early days with the Mac. A world class offering from a really classy singer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Songbird's Back

    It's great to finally see another solo album from Christine McVie! Chris first caught my attention on Fleetwood Mac's Future Games album, and Show Me A Smile is still one of her best songs. Glad to see her departure from the Mac wasn't the last we'll hear from Chris. This is a great album!

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