Label
Warner Bros.
Release date
6 Sep 2005
Running length
20 tracks
Running time
71:49

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Over & Over 4:33 26,836
2 The Ledge 2:07 26,588
3 Think About Me 2:43 39,157
4 Save Me a Place 2:41 29,129
5 Sara (Edit Version) 4:38 2,100
6 What Makes You Think You're the One 3:31 36,833
7 Storms 5:29 42,749
8 That's All for Everyone 3:02 25,627
9 Not That Funny 3:10 25,957
10 Sisters of the Moon 4:41 34,139
11 Angel 4:53 27,535
12 That's Enough for Me 1:49 20,765
13 Brown Eyes 4:25 24,039
14 Never Make Me Cry 2:17 20,284
15 I Know I'm Not Wrong 3:04 21,958
16 Honey Hi 2:40 21,229
17 Beautiful Child 5:19 28,038
18 Walk a Thin Line 3:45 22,684
19 Tusk 3:29 193,423
20 Never Forget 3:33 20,974

About this album

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.

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  • leviw94

    Contrary to popular belief, this is Fleetwood Mac's masterpiece album; not Rumours. [2]

    14 Jul 11:03am Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    The cover art of this album is perfect, it represents the spirit of the album so well.

    20 Jan 8:12pm Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    Also, anyone who loves Lindsey's work here owes it to themselves to check out Go Insane, his solo album from 1984. Twelve tracks, all full of unhinged genius worthy of this here masterpiece. Whattaguy.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • TheUselessGolem

    I think this is as good as pop music gets, period. It doesn't matter how much awful pop has been made over the years - Tusk justifies the whole fucking genre. Also, how often do you find a double album that doesn't have any weak moments? (Though granted, it helps when you have *three* great songwriters in your band.)

    2 Nov 2013 Reply
  • atomiclust

    A spectacular mess of an album. Fleetwood Mac's high watermark.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • RonnieR2

    Contrary to popular belief, this is Fleetwood Mac's masterpiece album; not Rumours.

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • liquidnature

    a beautiful mess [2]

    26 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Myroan

    @the_raytownian: Considering the number of times he has scrobbled songs from the album I assume he meant it positively. http://www.last.fm/user/TheTallMan/library/music/Fleetwood+Mac/Tusk

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Absolutely. A major high-water mark, this.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • blaineryan17

    Rumours' evil doppelganger. And, hands down, their best record. Dark; beautiful; intoxicatingly weird. Stephen Erlewine said it best: "as a piece of pop-art, it's peerless."

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • right33

    wait, maybe it is perfect

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • right33

    it's so hard to find an album that gets better with each listen. it's not a "perfect" album or anything, but it's one of the greatest i've ever heard

    4 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    I need Tusk rehab [2] This album is an out & out masterpiece! There isn't a single song on here that I think is short of astonishing. If I had to pick favorites I'd go with The Ledge, Beautiful Child, Tusk, and Never Forget, but I wouldn't want to do without ANY of these twenty gems. I love Fleetwood Mac. (And yeah, way better than Rumours, this!)

    26 Dec 2012 Reply
  • right33

    Honey Hi is definitely a major highlite from this

    24 Dec 2012 Reply
  • RussellChap

    A Great mess.

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Equinoctial

    Probably their best album.

    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    Fleetwood Mac at their best! Rumours is amazing but this is outstanding, truly a masterpiece.

    10 Nov 2012 Reply
  • IamFlood

    Masterpiece. Beautiful mess. Fun fact: This album is so named because each member of the band snorted a line of coke equal to the length of an average elephant tusk.

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Tron1276

    Incredible LP, one of my all-time favorites. Lindsey was on a whole 'nother level with this one, not to mention the fantastic contributions all around. ...if I meet someone and they talk shit about the 'Mac, all I have to do is show them a few jams from this and the minds are blown. Simply, Fleetwood Mac's finest hour (and 15 minutes!) and a true underrated classic.

    31 Aug 2012 Reply
  • jijijcc

    this is so great, forever

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
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