Mystery to Me

Label
Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
28 Jun 1990
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
47:42

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Emerald Eyes 3:35 4,691
2 Believe Me 4:10 4,015
3 Just Crazy Love 3:24 3,889
4 Hypnotized 4:48 11,708
5 Forever 4:06 3,703
6 Keep on Going 4:01 3,860
7 The City 3:34 3,225
8 Miles Away 3:47 3,731
9 Somebody 5:02 3,471
10 The Way I Feel 2:37 3,482
11 For Your Love 3:43 3,981
12 Why 4:55 5,644

About this album

At this point, the band was best-known as a British blues unit. Slowly but surely the band was becoming more acclimated with a production style that was reminiscent of the California pop sound. With the majority of the blues and psychedelic behind them, Mystery to Me finds Fleetwood Mac in a more ruminative vein. American guitarist Bob Welch established that path. Despite the all-encompassing ethos, Welch’s songwriting skills made him walk a fine line between the mystical and the silly. But luckily most everything works here. The leadoff song, the laid-back “Emerald Eyes” matches Welch’s spacey lyrics and vocals as Christine McVie provides great backing help. The album’s best track, the gorgeous and lyrically strong “Hypnotized” has Welch matching an effortless, soothing croon with jazzy guitar riffs. Throughout Mystery to Me the amazing and almost telepathic drums and bass of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie give this effort more panache and muscle than was represented on this effort’s predecessor, Bare Trees. The best Bob Welch offering, “Keep on Going,” has a strong, soulful string arrangement and Christine McVie’s customary sensual and poised vocals. The only weak spot is the ill-advised cover of “For Your Love” that’s steeped in hackneyed, post-psychedelic style. Mystery to Me’s interesting sound is directly attributed to the fact that it was recorded on the Rolling Stones Mobile Unit. This effort is custom-made for those who like thoughtful offerings and is a valuable set in the scheme of the band.

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  • snowfaller

    Great album, hideous cover.

    27 Aug 1:21pm Reply
  • dcason

    My most very favorite FM album of all time. Or maybe it's "Bare Trees". There both pretty freaklin great.

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • the_last_word

    I'm fairly familiar with the later Buckingham/Nicks hits and a big fan of the Peter Green material, but this is the first Fleetwood Mac LP I've listened to from the early 70s. I'd read some poor reviews of Mystery to Me but I must say I'm pleasantly surprised, enjoying it more and more with each listen.

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • systolediastole

    It's my favorite along with Tusk.

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • untoldsarcasm

    This has overtaken Tusk as my favourite Mac album

    19 Apr 2007 Reply

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