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As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks was just one of many contributing voices and songwriters. However she proves that she is much more with the release of Bella Donna.

This album is almost like an extension of her contributions to Fleetwood Mac at least on the title track and Kind of Woman, but she quickly kicks things into gear with a duet, Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around with fellow rocker Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. It is a sign of what is to come on her next album, The Wild Heart. She continues this with the country-tinged Think About It and The Highwayman. 

However, Bella Donna takes flight in the area of sheer amazement with the ever-popular and seminal smash Edge of Seventeen. It is one of the best songs of the album not only because of its driving guitar, but even its meaning. It has a pretty interesting story behind the song. Nevertheless it is a sad story. It is about the death of both ex-Beatle John Lennon and Nicks’ Uncle John, who died around the same time of each other. It is referenced metaphorically throughout the song. Nicks has talked about this many times whenever the subject of this song comes up. It has since become a staple of all her concerts.

On Leather and Lace, former boyfriend and Eagles lead singer Don Henley joins her in a rather beautiful manner. She tells him “I have my own life/ and I am stronger than you know/ But I carry this feeling/ That when you walked into my house/ That you won’t be walking out the door.”

Overall the album still sounds like some of the Fleetwood Mac material, yet Nicks shows that she is capable of having a great solo career outside of the band.

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Magical. Mystical. Beautiful. Legendary. Mysterious. All of these words describe rock legend Stevie Nicks. One thing that Nicks seems to be immune to is age. She seems to live by the notion that “age isn’t anything but a number” because after all, she is in her 60’s and still looks great and sounds great for any woman in rock & roll – a rarity.

Nicks’ albums are sheer experiences – like dreams. This album is no exception. She starts out the album with the dreamlike-trance Secret Love, which is nothing short of sexy. It was a song that was written when Rumours was made back in 1976, but thankfully she kept it for herself and we have it now in this extremely beautiful version.

In Your Dreams is an almost-return to some of the songs that made Bella Donna famous – minus the duet with Tom Petty. It has a feel that is reminiscent of Stop Dragging My Heart Around. I am sure that it will please both classic and newcomers to Stevie’s music, something that she has always been good at doing.

One of the best things about this album is both the mix of rock and trance-likeness that weaves throughout the entire album. She proves this well on Wild Sargasso Sea, which tells the tale of a jilted lover and/or friends with benefits. She continues this haunting with the tribute to New Orleans song entitled New Orleans. As someone who lives in nearby Houston, TX and saw all the refugees coming from Hurricane Katrina, this is a very beautiful song about the hope and promise that New Orleans is back up and running despite the horrible events of Hurricane Katrina. Nicks exclaims “I wanna dress up/ I wanna wear beads.”

The best melodic song, though, has to be You May Be the One. Nicks’ classic backup singers, Sharon Celani and Lori Petty Nicks (her sister-in-law) join her in once again-unmatched harmony. It is nothing short of beautiful and sounds much like Nicks circa 1983 when The Wild Heart was released.

Annabel Lee sounds like an updated version mixture of The Wild Heart and Nightbird. All in all it is amazing and it is a welcome return to rock music. However, one of the biggest surprises comes on Solider’s Angel  – a surprise duet with Lindsey Buckingham, her former boyfriend and fellow member of Fleetwood Mac.

Overall the album is one of the best Stevie Nicks albums out there. It sounds much like classic Nicks with a dreamlike kick, which is what makes the album extremely beautiful. It is sure to be a bestseller and hopefully a successful tour will come out of this. This album will hit stores on May 3rd.