Trouble in Shangri-La

Trouble in Shangri-La

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by Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks's new album could very well be called "Stevie Nicks and Friends." Aided and abetted by Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell, Trouble in Shangri-La is a friendlySee more details below


Stevie Nicks's new album could very well be called "Stevie Nicks and Friends." Aided and abetted by Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray, Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and the Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell, Trouble in Shangri-La is a friendly affair, indeed. Crow proves to be Nicks's greatest pal, grounding Nicks in no-nonsense arrangements. (In the past, Nicks has occasionally let overproduction eclipse her stellar songwriting.) The rootsy but spooky "Sorcerer" and "Candlebright" meld Nicks's mysticism and Crow's earthiness especially well. As for the other guests: the throaty Gray adds even more resonance to Nicks's darn-near-Marianne-Faithfull-low vocals on "Bombay Sapphire"; Maines is right at home trading verses on the twangy "Too Far from Texas" (a song that finds Campbell echoing his signature guitar work from "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"); and McLachlan's lofty harmonies prove a pretty foil for Nicks on the closing ballad, "Love Is." Despite all the input, Nicks seems very much in charge here, her songs suffusing the album with her deeply personal reflections on love, loss, and triumph. "That Made Me Stronger" -- inspired by Tom Petty, who turned down Nicks's plea for collaborative help, saying, "You write your songs yourself" -- is typical of her candor. Whether she's on her own or with her friends, the songs on Trouble in Shangri-La make Nicks strong indeed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brad Kohlenstein
Stevie Nicks calls in a few friends on this one. Trouble in Shangri-La enlists some of music's most popular females, including Macy Gray, Sarah McLachlan, and Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. If Nicks hadn't been doing it for years, this might feel like a calculated attempt to follow the trend set by Santana's Supernatural. Her liner notes have always been star-studded. Over the years she's gotten help from the likes of Don Henley, Don Felder, Bruce Hornsby, Mike Campbell, and Tom Petty. Most prominent on this album is Sheryl Crow, who co-produced five of the album's 13 tracks. Her signature guitar sound shines through on many of the songs. Maines performs the album's only true duet on "Too Far From Texas." The other guests are noticeable, but act mostly as backup voices and musicians. Make no mistake about it -- this is a Nicks album from beginning to end, and she's at the top of her game here. It's not a departure, but a renewed energy makes this her best work since 1985's Rock a Little. Titles like "Sorcerer" and "Bombay Sapphires" preserve her mystical persona, and despite their mythical sound, they touch on human and very personal subject matter. Her deliberate lyrics sometimes feel a bit more like prose than verse, but the conviction in her voice adds legitimacy to her words. While Nicks' voice has matured, it is just as strong as it ever was. She shows great range, from the heartbroken tenderness of "Love Changes" to the aggressive rock of "Fall From Grace." Trouble in Shangri-La not only reminds listeners what Nicks has meant to music, but it finds her a place in modern-day pop.

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Reprise / Wea

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stevie Nicks   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals
Lindsey Buckingham   Guitar
Sarah McLachlan   Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Sheryl Crow   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Benmont Tench   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,chamberlain
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Sharon Celani   Vocals,Background Vocals
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Steve Ferrone   Drums
Charles Judge   Keyboards
David Kahne   Keyboards
Pierre Marchand   Guitar,Keyboards
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Peter Stroud   Guitar,Mandolin
Jeff Trott   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Patrick Warren   Keyboards
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar
Timothy Drury   Drum Loop
Brian Minato   Bass
Ortiz   Bass,Guitar
Dan Rothchild   Bass
Ashwin Sood   Drums
Michel Pepin   Guitar
John Shanks   Guitar,Keyboards
Lori Nicks   Vocals,Background Vocals
Natalie Maines   Vocals
Macy Gray   Vocals
Tim Smith   Bass
Gary Ferguson   Drums

Technical Credits

Stevie Nicks   Producer
Sarah McLachlan   Drawing
Sheryl Crow   Producer
Rob Brill   Engineer
Daniel Chase   Engineer
Marc DeSisto   Engineer
Buddy Judge   Engineer
David Kahne   Programming,Producer
Pierre Marchand   Producer,Engineer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
Don Smith   Engineer
Jeff Trott   Producer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Randy Wine   Engineer
Lars Fox   Engineer
John Shanks   Programming,Producer
James Murray   Engineer
Vena   Photo Illustration
Dominique Grand   Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming

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