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Bombs Away Dream Babies
More Than I Bargained For
Review written by Bryce Lambley from Fremont, Nebraska, September 7th, 2004
'Bombs Away' was released during my senior year in high school (79-80), and though I was still more into buying singles than albums at that time, I picked up the album cheap because it had one of those "cutouts" on the cover. I've never had such a bargain since.
While lured to the album by 'Gold' (as a Fleetwood Mac fanatic, I recognized Lindsey and Stevie on there long before reading the credits), what I found I bought was a perfect soundtrack to the things that were my essence back in my heydays.
As a fervent long distance runner, I found inspiration in several Stewart songs. "Sucking wind, I'm slipping down the backroad once again, and I'm on the run...over the hill" was a perfect soundtrack for my cross country and track days. The same could be said for my liking the underdog role in big races, represented by 'Coming out of nowhere on the run.'
Also frustrated by my poor timing with the ladies, Stewart had the answers there as well, with "Spinning of the world" and "Lost her in the sun." Lindsey's harmonizing in many of these songs takes them to an even higher level and makes one now wish there'd been much more collaboration between he and Stewart. Their work on 'Heart of the Dream' just blows my mind away to this day, and is a pick-me-up when things are down.
'Gold' and 'Midnight Wind' have that Fleetwood Mac feel to 'em and also of the siren song that I feel California represents to some. And many of the other songs feature the guitar work that we know and recognize as LB's although it seems now that LB and JS were kindred spirits.
It's weird now that I find this site, and this opportunity to review this album. Just a couple months ago I was out bowhunting, sitting in a tree stand doing some reminiscing, and decided to make a list of those albums that were good all the way through. A lot of albums have some great songs, but few are solid top to bottom. Though I have in excess of 300 albums, my list was only 7-8 albums long, but Bombs Away Dream Babies was on it, and should be mandatory in any Fleetwood Mac fan's audio library. You won't be disappointed, no matter how difficult it is to find. I really feel it is a masterpiece.
Underrated, Overlooked...But One of the Best
Review written by Bryce Lambley (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Fremont, Neberaska, August 27th, 2004
As a teen when Tusk came out, I was expecting/hoping for a Rumours II like everyone else. So my response was lukewarm at first, but getting to college a year or two later and broadening my musical tastes, I got the headphones on and took another good, hard listen. And I wasn't disappointed. Of course maybe that had something to do with the fact that one of the speakers on my home stereo in high school didn't work 90 percent of the time and I was missing a lot of the sound. Trust me, "stereo" is good, especially on this album.
Out Of The Cradle
Should've been a huge hit--who is his promoter anyway?
Review written by Bryce Lambley (email@example.com) from Nebraska, July 6th, 2004
I have this CD, yet have somehow found your way to this site...what is your problem? Seriously, this is a great work. A couple above average tunes, a bunch of very good ones, and four that just soar to new heights for me (Countdown, Turn It On, Don't Look Down and Soul Drifter). Countdown and Don't Look Down are more polished than some of my Lindsey favorites from Tusk, but still retain some of eccentric and quirky qualities that I admire. The lead-in to Countdown is out of this world, and the ooh-ooh-ooh's on DLD don't get old at all. While the one reveiwer said (paraphrasing now) that this had too much pain in it, I tend to find uplifing moments in the piece. Countdown and Don't Look Down surely are just that, and I feel Turn It On is very motivational (and if it's autobiographical, so be it). Soul Drifter is simply sweet, and was my then-wife's favorite. I'm not a musician, per se, so can't tell you precisely why I perceive this to be a masterpiece, but when one many plays all the instruments and it still sounds like this, you'd better get your copy and see for yourself.