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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
More than any other Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk is born of a particular time and place -- it could only have been created in the aftermath of Rumours, which shattered sales records, which in turn gave the group a blank check for its next album. But if they were falling apart during the making of Rumours, they were officially broken and shattered during the making of Tusk, and that disconnect between bandmembers resulted in a sprawling, incoherent, and utterly brilliant 20-track double album. At the time of its release, it was a flop, never reaching the top of the charts and never spawning a true hit single, despite two well-received Top Ten hits. Coming after the ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
More than any other Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk is born of a particular time and place -- it could only have been created in the aftermath of Rumours, which shattered sales records, which in turn gave the group a blank check for its next album. But if they were falling apart during the making of Rumours, they were officially broken and shattered during the making of Tusk, and that disconnect between bandmembers resulted in a sprawling, incoherent, and utterly brilliant 20-track double album. At the time of its release, it was a flop, never reaching the top of the charts and never spawning a true hit single, despite two well-received Top Ten hits. Coming after the monumental Rumours, this was a huge disappointment, but the truth of the matter is that Fleetwood Mac couldn't top that success no matter how hard they tried, so it was better for them to indulge themselves and come up with something as unique as Tusk. Lindsey Buckingham directed both Fleetwood Mac and Rumours, but he dominates here, composing nearly half the album, and giving Christine McVie's and Stevie Nicks' songs an ethereal, floating quality that turns them into welcome respites from the seriously twisted immersions into Buckingham's id. This is the ultimate cocaine album -- it's mellow for long stretches, and then bursts wide open in manic, frantic explosions, such as the mounting tension on "The Ledge" or the rampaging "That's Enough for Me," or the marching band-driven paranoia of the title track, all of which are relieved by smooth, reflective work from all three songwriters. While McVie and Nicks contribute some excellent songs, Buckingham owns this record with his nervous energy and obsessive production, winding up with a fussily detailed yet wildly messy record unlike any other. This is mainstream madness, crazier than Buckingham's idol Brian Wilson and weirder than any number of cult classics. Of course, that's why it bombed upon its original release, but Tusk is a bracing, weirdly affecting work that may not be as universal or immediate as Rumours, but is every bit as classic. As a piece of pop art, it's peerless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992739528
  • Catalog Number: 3350
  • Sales rank: 8,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Over & Over (4:35)
  2. 2 The Ledge (2:02)
  3. 3 Think About Me (2:44)
  4. 4 Save Me a Place (2:40)
  5. 5 Sara (4:37)
  6. 6 What Makes You Think You're the One (3:28)
  7. 7 Storms (5:28)
  8. 8 That's All for Everyone (3:04)
  9. 9 Not That Funny (3:19)
  10. 10 Sisters of the Moon (4:36)
  11. 11 Angel (4:53)
  12. 12 That's Enough for Me (1:48)
  13. 13 Brown Eyes (4:27)
  14. 14 Never Make Me Cry (2:14)
  15. 15 I Know I'm Not Wrong (3:05)
  16. 16 Honey Hi (2:43)
  17. 17 Beautiful Child (5:19)
  18. 18 Walk a Thin Line (3:44)
  19. 19 Tusk (3:36)
  20. 20 Never Forget (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fleetwood Mac Primary Artist
Peter Green Indexed Contributor
Lindsey Buckingham Guitar, Vocals
Stevie Nicks Vocals
Mick Fleetwood Drums
Christine McVie Keyboards, Vocals
John McVie Bass
Technical Credits
Lindsey Buckingham Engineer
Fleetwood Mac Producer
U.S.C. Trojan Marching Band Contributor
Ken Perry Mastering
Ken Caillat Producer, Engineer, Remastering
Richard Dashut Producer, Engineer
Hernan Rojas Engineer
Vigon Nahas Vigon Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Storms/Sara/Angel

    Tusk is an outstanding album as Rumours. The songs from the Tusk album sound charming too. I also enjoy listening to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well...

    Call me strange...but Rumours and Tusk are about equal in my opinion. Now you're saying "FOUR STARS!?! ONLY FOUR!?!" I'm probably not the one to be reviewing Fleetwood Mac. Some of their stuff is certainly good (Rhiannon, Go Your Own Way, Second Hand News, Sara, Tusk), but overall, they're a bit too "pop" for me. I often prefer their live versions because they're louder and harder. Tusk is an excellent album, and though it may come off as strange and even unlistenable upon first listen (maybe the second too), you have to give it a chance. It will emerge as a fine addition to your Fleetwood Mac collection. Just don't expect another Rumours.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fleetwood Mac's avant garde masterpiece

    Although sometimes given a bad rap, Tusk remains one of Fleetwood Mac's finest achievements, and sounds fresh even today with influences from Talking Heads and other new wave groups. Lindsey Buckingham's genius production skills shine through and every single track is stellar, whether it be Christine Mcvie's soothing, dreamy "Over and Over" and "Brown Eyes", Stevie Nick's crystal visions displayed in "Sara" and "Beautiful Child", or Buckingham's pseudo new wave/punk songs like "What Makes You Think..." and "Not That Funny". Suprisingly enough, this album, which is chalk full of great material, didn't score too many hits on the Billboard charts. Everyone in the band is really at the top of their game here,and it's really a shame that Buckingham's genius and ambition weren't recoginzed when Tusk was first released(although nowadays, the album is finally being considered a masterpiece)simply because he decided to take a different route instead of cranking out another "Rumours". This is a musical gem, pure and simple, which deserves to be in every music lovers collection. Be warned, it may come off as jarring and unapproachable(especially Buckingham's tracks; many are not "FM radio" friendly at first listen) at first, but give it a few listens and you'll be pleasently surpised.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    have it and i love it

    i realy just love this cd/tusk is another great creation from fleetwoodmac. here you got 20 songs witch runs for about an hour and fiften minutes/great songs as tusk.sisters of the moon not that funny. think about me. and others.this is a must to add to your fleetwood mac collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    strangely addicting

    Tusk, is in my opinion strangely addicting. I received it as a gift three years ago and lost it in a move. I've been craving it since then. the music is twisted and quite drug induced, but had a golden quality. It does take a few times to get used to it, it is something definitely new, but stick with it and it will stick to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    By far their best album!!!

    Tusk is by far FWM's greatest album. Its a totally different sound than they had ever had before or since~which means, that for some,it might take some digesting & hard swallowing. (It did take me awhile) Lindsey is a genius when it comes to music & if you love his solo work you'll LOVE Tusk. This is a must have for any die hard fans of the Mac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    oh well

    Lindsey Buckingham is just not a good engineer. Tusk failed. 'Sara' and 'Tusk' are the only 'average' songs on the album. The song 'Tusk' sounded at its highest and marked at number 1 on Mac's 'Dance' album.

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