Artist: Various artists
Title: “Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac”
I’ve yet to hear a full-length, multiple-artist cover tribute that I would consider essential, although the soundtrack to the Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There” comes close, thanks to good source material.
The latest Fleetwood Mac homage, “Just Tell Me That You Want Me,” named for a line in “Tusk,” seems to be two tributes smashed under the same title.
About half of the record is baroque poppers and indie rockers kicking out the jams. Lykke Li turns in the best track, a spooky, detached “Silver Springs” that strays just far enough to recall the original while taming it herself.
The other half of the record is dedicated to electronic interpretations of The Mac – Washed Out does a chillwave take on “Straight Back,” MGMT tears down “Future Dreams” and The Crystal Ark recasts “Tusk” in the digital realm. Even Tame Impala tries bathing “That’s All for Everyone” in a sea of dissonance and reverb.
While the electronic efforts are the risk takers, they’re also the ones that expose the limitations of the project.
This tribute is both too long and too expansive to be much more than an eye-raising novelty for the artists it attracted.
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