Behind the Mask

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
29 Mar 1990
Running length
26 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Skies the Limit 3:44 14,720
2 Love Is Dangerous 3:15 6,859
3 In the Back of My Mind 6:57 8,588
4 Do You Know 4:18 4,767
5 Save Me 4:12 8,272
6 Affairs of the Heart 4:19 7,067
7 When the Sun Goes Down 3:17 4,577
8 Behind the Mask 4:16 4,946
9 Stand on the Rock 4:00 4,531
10 Hard Feelings 4:52 4,258
11 Freedom 4:09 4,502
12 When It Comes to Love 4:05 4,491
13 The Second Time 2:30 4,196
Skies The Limit (Album Version) 3:45 19
When It Comes To Love (Album Version) 4:09 9
Love Is Dangerous (Album Version) 3:18 18
Freedom (Album Version) 4:12 6
In The Back Of My Mind (Album Version) 7:03 12
Do You Know (Album Version) 4:19 10
Save Me (Album Version) 4:15 19
Affairs Of The Heart (Album Version) 4:22 16
When The Sun Goes Down (Album Version) 3:19 10
Behind The Mask (Album Version) 4:18 11
Stand On The Rock (Album Version) 4:00 8
Hard Feelings (Album Version) 4:55 10
The Second Time (Album Version) 2:32 7

About this album

Fleetwood Mac’s only full-length album with a lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Billy Burnette, and Rick Vito proved an artistic and commercial disappointment not so much because Lindsey Buckingham was missing as songwriter/guitarist/singer/ producer as because the group’s other writers, Nicks and Christine McVie, didn’t pick up the slack, relying on Burnette and Vito to come up with material. They tried: Burnette’s “Hard Feelings,” written with Jeff Silbar, was a worthy effort. But Nicks’s four contributions (three of them co-written) weren’t up to her usual standard, and while McVie proved more dependable, turning in the Top 40 pop hit “Save Me” and the Top Ten Adult Contemporary hit “Skies The Limit,” her light, romantic efforts needed sturdier work to play off of. Behind The Mask was never less than pleasant, but never of the calibre of the work of the previous lineup, either. Though it went gold, it was Fleetwood Mac’s least successful new album in 15 years. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

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  • kajo_93

    Not nearly as bad as people say. The Second Time is a classic Stevie song

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • LingLingMac

    I think this album is their best since "Tusk". Is really amazing. All bad critics are for the absence of Buckingham alone

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • LingLingMac

    I only find like, one of the songs unlistenable.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • systolediastole

    I only find like, three of the songs listenable.

    4 Jun 2011 Reply
  • foxyluva

    It's a bit too adult contemporary in places, but it has it's moments. The title track is especially brilliant.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • tmfox

    Not really sure why this album wasn't as popular as some of their older stuff. Its a different type of sound but its just as good!

    25 Sep 2008 Reply

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