Say You Will

Label
Reprise
Release date
15 Apr 2003
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
75:32

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 What's the World Coming To 3:46 9,392
2 Murrow Turning Over in His Grave 4:10 9,866
3 Illume (9-11) 4:49 4,410
4 Thrown Down 4:00 12,029
5 Miranda 4:16 9,045
6 Red Rover 3:56 8,280
7 Say You Will 3:46 16,728
8 Peacekeeper 4:09 17,196
9 Come 5:58 8,258
10 Smile at You 4:31 8,913
11 Running Through the Garden 4:32 8,847
12 Silver Girl 3:58 8,923
13 Steal Your Heart Away 3:32 9,375
14 Bleed to Love Her 4:04 25,239
15 Everybody Finds Out 4:27 8,381
16 Destiny Rules 4:25 8,821
17 Say Goodbye 3:24 9,503
18 Goodbye Baby 3:49 8,731

About this album

Lindsey Buckingham hadn’t recorded a studio album with Fleetwood Mac in 16 years when Say You Will was released in April 2003. His partner, Stevie Nicks, had been missing in action from the group since 1990, and while both joined the reunited group in 1997 for a tour and live album (The Dance), not to mention Bill Clinton’s 1993 inauguration, it had been a long, long time since the two made new music for the Mac. They were lured back into the fold for…well, the specifics — whether money, prestige, status, publicity, or creativity — don’t really matter, since the end result is the same, it’s that Buckingham and Nicks have come home. This doesn’t qualify as a full-fledged Fleetwood reunion, since Christine McVie isn’t here, choosing to opt out of this high-profile return to the breach (although her playing is occasionally heard on the album). This results in a record that never quite sounds like Fleetwood Mac. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are so grateful to have the two superstars back in the group that they cede ground to Buckingham and Nicks, who never collaborate as much as share space. Each singer/songwriter is given nine songs apiece, a move which, in itself, would not necessarily be a problem, but over the course of this lengthy, lengthy album, the evenhandedness starts to give the impression that this is two solo albums presented as a group effort. An assessment that’s a little harsh, since the group can still conjure echoes of their classic sound, but the division of work is so deliberate and their work so dissimilar, it can’t help but feel like two separate pieces pushed together to make the whole. Which is where Christine McVie becomes a critical factor.

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  • ralfsu

    A Fleetwood Mac album without Christine McVie is like a car without an engine, there are no two ways about it.

    4 Sep 12:16pm Reply
  • littlechuckiec

    Among the Mac's best albums.

    31 May 10:11pm Reply
  • chrishyde

    An amazing album!

    6 Apr 4:01pm Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    If pared down to about 10 songs, add 5 tracks from Christine's "In the Meantime" and you have a classic. This could have been one of the greatest albums of all time.

    18 Feb 9:34pm Reply
  • ugabyga

    This is one of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion!

    26 Jan 10:16am Reply
  • echo725

    6 songs too long, but a solid album.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • rtms1988

    This is the cheapest album of theirs in iTunes. I am still really impressed

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • Wonaldo

    Play a game about the albums of Fleetwood Mac! http://www.purposegames.com/game/albums-fleetwood-mac-game

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • foxyluva

    I appreciate the idea behind this record, but for me it doesn't sound like the idea got fully realised or allowed to reach it's potential. Still, this doesn't change that fact that there are some fantastic songs on this record, and this is probably their most bold artistic statement since Tusk.

    21 Jul 2011 Reply
  • janeinator_

    Buckingham Nicks II [2] Such a good record.

    29 Jun 2011 Reply
  • richardneal

    Buckingham Nicks II

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • TriggerLucy

    As close to perfection as the Mac gets for me, I like this as much as Tusk. I only wish "Not Make Believe" made the final cut in place of "Say You Will".

    2 Dec 2010 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    and underrated as hell

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • sleeve_face

    really one of their best works

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • grayjonv

    Great album. Was a most pleasant surpise that I found in the used CD pile two years ago. Did not even know it camer out. Heard their is a video CD for this album as well. Anyone have a copy please keep me posted.

    12 May 2010 Reply
  • ghostdog75

    I thought I wouldn't like this album without Christine but it is surprisingly good and gets heavy rotation on my iPod. It runs long but there are some really great songs here and there's a nice flow to it. I love the over the top guitar playing by Lindsey. He's very underrated as a guitarist.

    29 Oct 2009 Reply
  • aniaki

    I think they just put as many as they could on the album since the one before it was Time in 1995. Peacekeeper is my favorite and surprise surprise it's a Lindsey song. Good to hear Christine on this album too, even though it's just as a backing vocalist on 3 songs.

    6 Jan 2009 Reply
  • TheJebber

    This is an outstanding album, bottomless with songs that could have been AC or pop radio hits in the right time and place, and a showcase of stunning Buckingham songs. I've always felt it could be pared down to about 11 songs that would rate as a five-star album.

    27 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Tabletter

    One of my favourite albums... Stevie's songs are the best songs, but Lindsey is awesome on this one too. Christine's absence gives Stevie room, and that's actuallt great. Bare Trees is awesome if you wanna hear some great Christine songs

    9 Jun 2008 Reply
  • jasenc

    this is one of my favorite albums. lindsey's portion is pretty phenomenal but the whole compellation is great.

    24 Apr 2008 Reply
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