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Something Big
     

Something Big

by The Mick Fleetwood Band
 
Having manned the drums in Fleetwood Mac for more than 35 years, Mick Fleetwood knows a thing or two about rhythm -- which ensures that plenty of swing emanates from the grooves of this, his third solo outing. For Something Big, Fleetwood surrounds himself with significant new talent -- most notably singer-guitarist Todd Smallwood

Overview

Having manned the drums in Fleetwood Mac for more than 35 years, Mick Fleetwood knows a thing or two about rhythm -- which ensures that plenty of swing emanates from the grooves of this, his third solo outing. For Something Big, Fleetwood surrounds himself with significant new talent -- most notably singer-guitarist Todd Smallwood and singer Lauren Evans, who bring a laconic West Coast vibe to songs like the title track (probably the most Mac-like ditty on the disc) and a cover of Jackson Browne's "Looking into You." While the drummer doesn't go overboard to make sure he's at the center of every sonic snapshot included herein, he does flex his muscle often enough -- as on the island-flavored "Passion" -- to let you know who's boss. There are no real clinkers on Something Big, but the fire really ignites when Fleetwood is joined by long-lost Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer, who departed the band in 1971 to join a religious cult called the Children of God. Spencer, who's been out of the spotlight for most of the intervening years, brings a sweet, yearning tone to the upbeat "No Borders," which also features the bass work of Mac vet John McVie. Neither an outright stylistic Xerox of Fleetwood Mac nor a rejection of that band's mellifluous sound, Something Big should resonate nicely with those attuned to the more melodic end of the classic rock realm.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although Something Big will be treated as a Mick Fleetwood side project (the album is attributed to the Mick Fleetwood Band), it is very much co-producer Todd Smallwood's baby. Make no mistake about it, Fleetwood is a big part of the proceedings here with his steady and arrangement-oriented drumming, but Smallwood wrote all but one of the songs (Jackson Browne's "Looking Into You" is rendered here in a close cover, with Browne himself helping on vocals), handles the lead vocals, and plays a half dozen instruments to boot, not to mention mixing the whole thing. Smallwood's songs are carefully crafted, and his voice (which sounds like a cross between Don Henley and Mark Knopfler) continually exudes an earnest sincerity. Among the best tracks are the opener, "Bitter End," which begins as a faux blues 78 before breaking into a mid-tempo rock shuffle, and "Where the Wind Blows," which has a Dylanesque pacing and phrasing. Long time Fleetwood Mac bass player John McVie and former Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer join in on "No Borders," a hopelessly hopeful song that takes as its central idea that in the future "the only passport will be the heart." Lauren Evans handles duet vocals with Smallwood on a couple tracks (as well as background vocals on several others), most notably on the hooky and solid "It's the Money." In the end, Something Big is competent, listenable and worth hearing, but don't expect anything that will make you forget Tusk.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Sanctuary Records
UPC:
0060768471726
catalogNumber:
84717

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mick Fleetwood Band   Primary Artist
Jackson Browne   Vocals
Mick Fleetwood   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals,Bells,talking drum,Tibetan Bells
Jeremy Spencer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
John McVie   Bass
Alan Simon   Acoustic Guitar
Matt Andes   Slide Guitar,Soloist
Oliver Brown   Percussion,Conga
Steve Shehan   Percussion
Lee Sklar   Bass
Jim Christie   Percussion
Todd Smallwood   Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Bass Guitar,Harp,Keyboards,Vocals,Shaker,Guitar (12 String Electric),Hammond B3
April Hendrix-Haberlan   Background Vocals
Julie Rogers   Violin
Karen Goulding   Viola
Oleg Schramm   Piano,Accordion,Hammond Organ
Andro Kotula   Bass
Guenevere Measham   Cello
Lauren Evans   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sidney Iverson   Background Vocals
Chris Golden   Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Jackson Browne   Composer,Engineer
Mick Fleetwood   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Drum Arrangements
Alan Simon   Engineer
Bill Lane   Engineer
Mark Needham   Engineer
Todd Smallwood   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Audio Production,Cover Art
Carlos Santana   Composer
Oleg Schramm   Engineer
Phillips Nichols   Engineer
Lauren Evans   Vocal Arrangements
Sidney Iverson   Vocal Arrangements
Randy Kizer   Engineer
Jonathan Todd   Executive Producer

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