Rumours, By Fleetwood Mac Essay

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In 1977, when Fleetwood Mac released their multi-platinum album Rumours, I was 4 years old and far too young to appreciate music. As I entered my mid-20s, I had acquired a passion for music of the 1970s and fell in love with the Eagles, Rush, Led Zeppelin, but most importantly, Fleetwood Mac. Their music had become a part of me. It had developed into my personal therapeutic outlet and helped to keep me sane during any emotional upheaval that I might have been experiencing. It was then that I realized that the passionate, heartfelt music of Fleetwood Mac captured the very being of my soul and I became entranced. At any point of the day, whether at home or driving in my car, you could catch me listening to any one of their many albums. Fleetwood Mac’s 11th album, Rumours, was the very first album to seize my heart and envelope me within its lyrics. For this reason, along with its immense commercial success, it undoubtedly was the greatest album released by Fleetwood Mac.
Emotional intensity, infectious melodies and passionate lyrics make for extremely compelling music; this album definitely had all three. The album’s melodic and lyrical magic that exuded from Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks left me mesmerized. When these sincere artists combined their vocal harmonies and surreal songwriting with their emotionally driven revelations of love, loss, heartbreak and turmoil, one of the ultimate classic albums emerged.
If you are unfamiliar with the story, three relationships were falling apart during the making of this album. Mick Fleetwood was divorcing his wife; John and Christine McVie were divorcing. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were in the midst of an exhausting, bitter break-up. Each song written during this time was full of heartfelt turmoil, jealousy, anger, resentment, pain and confusion. There was not a single song on the album that did not come to life and cause all of us to relate to every emotion within their songs. When listening to “Go Your Own Way” one hears the lyrics, “Loving you isn't the right thing to do. / How can I ever change things that I feel? / If I could baby I'd give you my world. / How can I when you won't take it from me? / You can go your own way, go your own way.” These lyrics capture your soul. They speak of the pain that accompanies the demise of a relationship. On the other hand, “Don’t Stop” provokes feelings of hope and optimism instead of wallowing in the past. The entire playlist of Rumors causes lovers to reflect upon their own past heartbreak and relate. The album’s ability to make that...

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