Bare Trees

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
25 Oct 1990
Running length
10 tracks
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1 Child of Mine 5:25 6,809
2 The Ghost 4:00 5,238
3 Homeward Bound 3:19 5,262
4 Sunny Side of Heaven 3:08 5,438
5 Bare Trees 5:01 6,229
6 Sentimental Lady 4:30 8,119
7 Danny's Chant 3:15 4,780
8 Spare Me a Little of Your Love 3:42 5,296
9 Dust 2:37 5,256
10 Thoughts on a Grey Day 1:42 2,997

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Arguably the first consistently strong album Fleetwood Mac ever recorded — all the way back into the Peter Green/Jeremy Spencer era, the Mac’s albums had previously consisted of individual moments of brilliance in a sea of uninspired filler — 1972’s Bare Trees is also the album where the band finally defines its post-blues musical personality. Low-key but less narcoleptically mellow than 1971’s sleepy Future Games, Bare Trees is a singer/songwriter album in the traditional early-’70s style, backed up with just enough musical muscle to keep from sounding like weedy soft rock in the manner of Bread or Cat Stevens. This is the one Fleetwood Mac album on which singer/guitarist Danny Kirwan is the dominant figure, writing five songs to Chistine McVie and Bob Welch’s two apiece. Impressively, all three writers get off a small masterpiece on side two; McVie’s “Spare Me a Little of Your Love” sounds like a dry run for the string of hits she would start writing with 1975’s Fleetwood Mac, and it’s her first really good pop song. By comparison, Kirwan and Welch’s best songs are all-time career highlights. Kirwan’s “Dust” combines a gentle, gliding melody with resigned, melancholy lyrics and his most memorable chorus. Welch’s “Sentimental Lady” was, of course, his first solo hit in its 1977 re-recorded version, but this original take is far superior, and one of the great lost pop songs of the early ’70s. Outfitted with a terrific vocal melody, hooks galore, and an impressive tremolo guitar solo, “Sentimental Lady” is perhaps a little trite lyrically, but it’s a heartfelt and lovable tune regardless, and the best thing Fleetwood Mac did in the years between “Albatross” and “Over My Head.

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  • newwavelad


    10 Dec 2010 Reply
  • DrHarry

    I think it's their best album! Undoubtfull.

    17 Jul 2010 Reply
  • DJNuck

    Great album. Just don't expect anything like "Rumours."

    10 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Brunanalyzed

    Sunny Side Of Heaven!!! [2]

    28 Aug 2009 Reply
  • saturday-rain

    i absolutely agree with that (:

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • SusanWHFS

    This was the soundtrack of autumn 1977...Bare Trees, Dust, all great songs for "FM" radio...still the best of Fleetwood Mac as far I'm conercend. Bob Welsh was a great frontman. They were really "British" then...

    6 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Chicknbones

    When I was in 8th grade 13yrs old. We could bring a album in for music class, I brought this one. The class laughed and said who is Fleetwood Mac. 4 years later 1977 everyone loved them.

    21 Jun 2009 Reply
  • hawk1984-3

    get it streamable!!!

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MisterJunior

    Really really underrated/overlooked. Some of their best material. "Sentimental Lady" is one of my favorite FM songs.

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • OsusieQ1

    Baretree's is a great song!!! Loves it!

    23 Sep 2008 Reply
  • clarkma5

    This is one of the great unsung classic albums.

    22 Nov 2007 Reply
  • foxyluva

    Fleetwood Mac's best album, after Tusk

    17 Aug 2007 Reply

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