Second Chapter

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The first solo album from Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter Daniel David Kirwan has the future producer for Human League and Buzzcocks, Martin Rushent, utilizing those skills here, as well as engineering. The sound is crystal clear, and a feather in the cap for Rushent as well as Kirwan. It starts off with an uncharacteristic "Ram Jam City," which has more Lindsey Buckingham sounds than one would expect, especially since the two guitarists come from two different musical worlds. "Odds and Ends" is more lighthearted, the kind of music Paul McCartney toyed with on The White Album's "Rocky Raccoon." What Second Chapter immediately sets forth is the importance of Kirwan as a pop...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
The first solo album from Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter Daniel David Kirwan has the future producer for Human League and Buzzcocks, Martin Rushent, utilizing those skills here, as well as engineering. The sound is crystal clear, and a feather in the cap for Rushent as well as Kirwan. It starts off with an uncharacteristic "Ram Jam City," which has more Lindsey Buckingham sounds than one would expect, especially since the two guitarists come from two different musical worlds. "Odds and Ends" is more lighthearted, the kind of music Paul McCartney toyed with on The White Album's "Rocky Raccoon." What Second Chapter immediately sets forth is the importance of Kirwan as a pop artist, and how, despite Fleetwood Mac's success after he left, his sounds could still have been beneficial to that supergroup. "Hot Summers Day" is a fine example of that, a beautiful song that could offset Buckingham's gritty ramblings. It would have made a nice counterpoint as Stevie Nicks complemented Christine McVie's tunes with her adventures, bringing an important change of pace to that popular band's hits. The jacket looks like a dusty old family album-style book holding Kirwan's Second Chapter. And the music reflects that old-world feel in titles like "Skip a Dee Doo" and "Falling in Love with You." Three of the best songs on this excellent outing are "Love Can Always Bring You Happiness," "Second Chapter," and a sleepy and beautiful number called "Silver Streams." Kirwan's tune is haunting as well with its lilting "all you need is love to show you the way from here" chorus. As on a follow-up album, he tends to sound a little like the group America, the vocals with that same America tone and warmth. They very well could have covered "Silver Stream" or "Cascades," the album's final track. This material was crafted right in the middle of America's run of hits, and maybe they should have replaced Dan Peek with Dan D. Kirwan? The artist's three solo discs cut in the '70s make for a very pleasant and thought-provoking listening experience, and that this collection is so good only shows he kicked his departure from the big band off with a vengeance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2008
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910504826
  • Catalog Number: 5048
  • Sales rank: 45,561

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ram Jam City
  2. 2 Odds and Ends
  3. 3 Hot Summer Day
  4. 4 Mary Jane
  5. 5 Skip a Dee Doo
  6. 6 Love Can Always Bring You Happiness
  7. 7 Second Chapter
  8. 8 Lovely Days
  9. 9 Falling in Love with You
  10. 10 Silver Streams
  11. 11 Cascades
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Danny Kirwan Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Primary Artist
Geoff Britton Drums
Paul Raymond Piano, Keyboards
Jim Russell Percussion, Drums
Andy Silvester Bass
Technical Credits
Martin Rushent Producer, Engineer
Gerry Shury Arranger
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