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STEVIE NICKS / Bella Donna

Producer(s): Jimmy Iovine, Tom Petty
Modern MR38139(Atlantic)
Originally reviewed for week ending 8/1/81

Fleetwood Mac's in-house poet goes solo with a collection of atmospheric short stories that continue in the tradition of "Rhiannon," "Sara" and "Dreams." The material ranges from thought provoking tales like the country tinged "After The Glitter Fades" and "Bella Donna" to the high energy of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," performed with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Two tracks, "Leather And Lace" and "The Highwayman" were cut with Eagle Don Henley. Yet underlying each track is Nicks' haunting vocal style and a lyrical quality that has developed into a style all her own. Best cuts: "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Bella Donna," "How Still My Love," "After The Glitter Fades."

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