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 friendly

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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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2001
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624737223
catalogNumber:
47372
Rank:
22238

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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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Trouble in Shangri-La 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
''TROUBLE IN SHANGRI-LA'' IS MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE ALBUM. EVERY SINGLE SONG IS EXCELLENT. BUT THE ONE SONG THAT REALLY STANDS OUT FOR ME IS ''SORCERER''. STEVIE NICKS IS THE BEST SONGWRITER I'VE EVER SEEN HER SONGS ARE FILLED WITH SO MUCH PASSION THAT THEY CAN GET ANYONE HOOKED. IF ANYONE READING THIS REVIEW DOESN'T HAVE THIS ALBUM, GO OUT AND BUY IT RIGHT NOW. IT'S WORTH EVERY CENT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Stevie Nicks' best work since Bella Donna, and considering how great the interim albums were, that's saying something. "Trouble in Shangri-La", "Planets of the Universe", and "Fall from Grace" are particularly moving songs. Unlike the deceptively straightforward, earthy Bella Donna, Trouble in Shangri-La is highly polished. Both albums showcase meticulous crafting and the same mystical spirit. Trouble in Shangri-La is an all-around great album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This by far is the best album Stevie has done since Rock A Little back in '86. It has all the elements that make Stevie so popular. I enjoy listening to it again and again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Stevie Nicks' albums. I love her lyrics and the music. She is totally great. Everyone should have this! LONG LIVE STEVIE NICKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of her music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 16 years old and I have been addicted to Stevie's music for the past two years. I had been waiting so long for this new album that I just went out and bought it without hearing any of the songs! This is my favorite cd and I have fallen in love with her beautiful songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the lyrics from Sorcerer shot through the room, ''All round, black ink darkness...'' I knew she was back. No one in popular music can create a mood, setting or chill like Stevie Nicks. Much like Bella Donna, this CD proves that she's one of the best song writers around. Each song is its own world. No other artists so deeply lets us in to their own person world like her.While I really like the John Shanks produced songs, it's Crow's contrbution that make Stevie's music shine in a way no other producer, maybe even Lindsey Buckingham, has done. Like each Stevie CD, I always prefer her songs to others. While Everyday is very pretty, every time I listen to it I'm thinking, ''What Stevie gem could have gone on the CD in its place.'' Crow's It's Only Love is an exception. I would have bet a million dollars that Stevie had written it herself. A testament to Crow's deep understanding of Stevie's world, message and music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Stevie. Always have and always will. Her musinc has followed me through all kinds of highs and lows. If she never records another set of music, I'm glad she ended her career with a beautiful collection like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not because of age, but because of talent, I would say Stevie is a woman between two milleniums. Her fluent talent is a blessing for all of us who enjoy her art. And she always comes back better than before, definitely prooving that she has never been gone. To everyone who has the choice of seeing a live performance, do not waste that wonderful oportunity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a new fan to Nicks, being only 16 years old, I have heard almost all of her work. This is the peak, the summit, of her solo career. An encore is needed! All of the songs, all, are great. I love this. I cannot sleep...I find myself singing, ''I am sonething of a dreamer; I am something of a dreamer; I am something of a dreamer''... YOU MUST BUY THIS!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trouble In Shangri-la is one of Stevie's best solo cd's. Her voice is in great form as in the song ''Sorcerer'' and her lyrics are more powerful than ever. Highlights on this cd are ''Planets of the Universe'' ,''Fall From Grace'', ''Love Changes'' , ''I Miss You'' and ''Love Is''. The entire cd is excellent from the beginning to the end. Stevie has really put together a wonderful collection of songs that you can listen to everyday and never get tired of them. This woman is truly a legend. Rock on gold dust woman!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie Nicks did an amazing job on this new album...I can't stop listening to it!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
So far I love all these songs from here. They all sound good. I enjoy listening to Stevie and her companions Sharon, Lori, and the other guests, but not so much of Sheryl. On the other hand Stevie and Jessica Simpson are my two favorite singing blondes. They're the ones whom I love listening to in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is going to be on everone's top ten list of 2001 come the end of the year. This CD is amazing! Tracks like Sorcerer, Candlebright, Everyday, Planets, and I Miss You are just so passionate and real. It's Only Love and Bombay Shappires are two excellent tracks that shine, but the rocker Fall From Grace is the peak of the CD. Look out for this one, putit in your shopping cart, you definitely won't be dissappointed. This is going to be the CD of the year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BEST CD I HEARD FROM STEVIE NICKS SINCE BELLA DONNA.THE TRACKS WERE GREAT AND WITH MANY GUESTS ARTISTS LIKE SCHAL CROW MAARCY GRAY NO WONDER BEST IN BUSINESS IS AROUND HER AND WRITING OF SONGS HER HEART IN IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie has made a breakthrough as an artist to a completely different level of poetry. The lyrics are painfully real, hinting at personal evolution, introspection, empowerment, and longing. The vocals, music, thoughts and ideas are a seemless whole, leading up to an ending that always leaves me longing for more. I can't recommend this album highly enough, even to those who are not Nicks fans. This is an important work, and a window onto the secret lives of women. (Listen closely, men, if you are interested in learning what your partner needs!) Stevie has sung the truths of my life, for these many decades. Thank you, Stevie...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd 'TROUBLE IN SHANGRI-LA'is amazing. I love her lyrics and her music. Thank you STEVIE NICKS. We love you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie Nicks is making me squeal like a pig because this album is so good! A perfect blend of her rock n' roll styled songs with her poppier sensibility...and some tunes (''Candlebright'' & ''Sorcerer'') that harken back to the snakecharmer spookiness of classics like Gold Dust Woman. Her voice seems to have more clarity and strength...yet still maintains a battle weary huskiness...as in the Sheryl Crow penned ''It's Only Love'' , where the acoustic acccompaniment to her stark and languished vocals paint a stark picture of a woman left lonely. Stevie does some experimenting with sounds too, as in ''Love Changes'', where she coos the chorus of the song to a perky pop backdrop with kind of a trip-hop beat and a vocal reverb in the background. All the musical styles and vocal treatments ,however, flow seemlessly. This album is a very pertinent and timely offering from the seemingly ageless timewarped love-goddess, Stevie... Miss Nicks if you're nasty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to Trouble in Shangri-La several times I thought I would be able to put the songs in order from best to worst. I found this to be impossible. I love every song. With all the publicity of the ''all star'' cast of characters that helped Stevie with this CD, I must say, that help is all but invisible. Only Natalie Maines is very apparent on Too Far From Texas. This duet and the harmonizing again proves that Stevie has the type of voice that blends so magically with others. If there are any comparisons to make, I would have to point out that I believe the songs written solely by Stevie are far superior to the other songs either co-written or not written by Stevie. Standouts on this CD are Bombay Sapphire if only for the fact it proves Stevie is a great producer of her own music. Bombay Sapphire and Fall From Grace prove that this woman can still rock more than a little. There's some great storytelling in Trouble In Shangri-La and That Made Me Stronger. These songs also highlight Stevie's unusual style of songwriting. This contrasts with Every Day, which is a more typical example of popular music writing--and I do love this song. If I had to select some favorites, I would have to say Planets of the Universe, Love Changes and Love Is are my favorites. After all this time, Stevie is still a pure pleasure to listen to. Stevie's voice is stronger than ever and she sings with such clarity. Trouble In Shangri-La rates up there with her very best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stevie has it! I heard the CD for the first time yesterday and fell in love. I grew up on Fleetwood Mac, so I'm used to her voice, and she has just gotten better (and throatier) with time. Personal favorites on the album are 'sorcerer', 'candlebright', 'that made me stronger' and 'bombay sapphires'. Stevie has a voice you can't forget and lyrics that are poetry. Keep going!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a fan of Stevie as a solo artist in the 80's, but lost track of her. I saw her on the Rosie O'Donnell show last week, singing'every day'' from this album. After hearing it once, I could not get it out of my head. I finally broke down, got in the car and bought it. Love it! Great comeback Stevie! You are living proof that midlife women have a LOT left to offer rock and roll and the world in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Stevie and she is the soundtrack to my life. After a long dry spell I was eager to grab this new collection. I was only slightly disappointed. What's with Cheryl Crow? She seems to leave Stevie out there and make her sound like she is singing gruffly in the shower. For example, Candlebright and Sorcerer could have been aural castles in the air but come across as sounding tired and, well, make Stevie sound like she's just going through he motions. Better is John Shanks' help on the title track and the absolutely amazing Planets of the Universe. Here, we see Stevie in her own realm, surrounded by a swirling sea of sound, her remarkable voice floating and soaring through layered backup and echoing through the speakers. Too Far from Texas and That Made Me Stronger are tiresome. Again, more bellowing and hammering, Stevie gets lost in the irritating noise. Best track and best production is the collaboration with Sarah McLaughlin, Love Is.... Here we get lush backup and the air of mystery and the poignant aching vocal style we love. Advice to Stevie: Cheryl's probably a nice girl but keep her out of the studio. And get Sarah in there full time. You need complex creative production to bring out the beauty of your poetry.