Earworm: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Honestly, the only thing I need to say about this album is that it's Rumours. End of post.

However, I will explain even though it feels unnecessary because it is one of the best-selling albums of all time and consistently ranks high on lists of the top albums of all time.

This album has been in rotation for me ever since my dad got a CD of it for his car, and then I uploaded it to my iTunes library. The most popular songs are "Dreams", "Don't Stop" and "Go Your Own Way", all of which are deserving of attention. I saw a tweet once about "Dreams", and my apologies for not being able to credit the person, that you just want to levitate to that song. "Don't Stop" is the song I put on when I want to feel optimistic about the future, but don't want the modern pop version of those songs, because the production on them makes it feel empty. And "Go Your Own Way" is the ultimate breakup song, and you gotta reckon with the personal turmoil the members of the band were going through while making this record, and managed to make good music out of it.

My personal favorite song on the album is "The Chain", which gained new life when it was included on the Awesome Mix Vol. 2 for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It's one of the few songs that all of the members have writing credit, and this song was put together using sections of other songs the band were working on, and they put them together. The miracle that it sounds like one songs instead of a disjointed mess, I don't know how they pulled it off.

However, because sometimes I just listen to the songs I like the most because I love making playlists and try not to put entire albums on it just to have a chance at variety when I put it on shuffle, I don't listen to the album straight through as much. A few weeks ago, I played it on my record player (I have the album on vinyl too) which means no skipping unless you have precision with dropping the needle. When I did this, I realized I never really latched onto "You Make Loving Fun". That was a mistake. This song, written and sung by the underrated Christine McVie, is a groove. The same feeling I get when I listen to Stevie Nicks, wishing I was in a field wearing a top hat and flowy dresses and shawls, I get when I listen to this song.

That's the joy of listening to albums, in full and in order. You rediscover songs that weren't the big hits or the singles. Even on the most celebrated and listened to albums of all time, you can find gems you didn't give the proper due.


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