You Should Know: 10 Fleetwood Mac Hidden Gems

Having seen them live this week, I think it’s fair to say that I am on a bit of a Fleetwood Mac kick and whenever I dig through their discography I am constantly astounded by the number of strong non-single album tracks they have that I absolutely adore and yet no one (at least no non-fans) know about.

So “Hidden Gems” means no Dreams, Rhiannon, Little Lies, Tusk, Don’t Stop etc.  No matter how much I love those songs (and I really really do!), it’s time that some of their lesser known gems get their chance in the spotlight!

 10. Twisted (Twister Soundtrack)

You live for the danger,
Oh like your passion and your anger, you don’t let go
You like to be twisted, by the force
You like to be shaken by the wind

A great Stevie and Lindsey duet from the soundtrack of one of my favourite films.

9. Keep Me There (Rumours 35th Anniversary edition)

Keep me out of your heart
Throw away the key
Don’t leave me in the dark
I need you here with me

On the special anniversary edition of Rumours, there is this gem of a song.  The famous riff which ended up being the most famous part of The Chain?  First made its appearance in this song.

8. Save Me (Behind The Mask)

I should’a known better
I should beware
‘Cos I have followed you
Done everything for you
But you just won’t look my way
So come on baby and
Save me

Every awesome rock song should have a great guitar solo in the middle.

7. Heart Of Stone (25 Years – The Chain)

Oh I have seen
Such madness in the air
Just like a dream
It makes no sense anywhere

I just love Christine and Stevie’s voices blending in the chorus.

6. Isn’t It Midnight (Tango In The Night)

So cool, calm and collected
You had a style, a rakish style
Well my poor heart never connected
You’d stay so long on my mind.

Tango In The Night is the first ever Fleetwood Mac album that I heard and as such it has a special place in my heart.  It would be remiss of me if I didn’t include at least on track from there on this list so here’s a wonderful Christine song with some kickass Lindsey guitar work.

5. Sooner Or Later (Time)

I thought I’d let you go
In my heart and in my mind
And look towards the future
Leaving the past behind

Well maybe it’s the season
That season of the year
Defying all my reason
I just want you to be here

The intro and verses are quite dark and mystical, with a catchy chorus.

 4. Destiny Rules (Say You Will)

When I see you again,
As I always do
It appears to me that
Destiny rules

My second favourite song on the Say You Will album.  I love the story that the lyrics tell and the melding of Stevie’s voice and Lindsey’s guitar.

3. Nights In Estoril (Time)

Well there will be times
When the memories fade
There will be words we’ve said
We just can’t take away
I’m only saying
That as time goes sailing on
Nothing is forgotten baby
Nothing is really gone

This song is so catchy  from the instrumental intro …. Pure Christine magic.

2. Skies The Limit (Behind The Mask)

If I’ve been acting a little strange
And you have noticed it too
It’s ‘cos my life has been rearranged
With the presence of you
The sky is the limit now
We can hit it on the nail
And when we do
I’ll think about you

This is such an upbeat, happy, positive song.

 1. Thrown Down (Say You Will)

He fell for her again, she watched it happen
Every day– day by day
But more important– night by night
She watched it all come into play
He held her hands, she listened to what he had to say

Thrown down… like a barricade
Maybe now he could prove to her
That he could be good for her
And they should be together

My #1 hidden gem is Thrown Down from Fleetwood Mac’s 2003’s Say You Will album.

I know what some people say: “This album is just not as good as it’s missing Christine McVie” / “How could you possibly choose one of their modern songs to be number one?!”

Well to those people I say: I LOVE this album.  It is the one I have played most obsessively in recent years according to my Last.FM stats.  It is fresh, it is new and whilst mostly uncredited, Christine does actually contribute background vocals on a lot of the tracks!

Anyway, back to Thrown Down – I just love everything about it from the lyrics, the story (Lindsey&Stevie’s love story) to the way Stevie and Lindsey’s vocals blend together …

It is the #1 song I would most love to see them play live (but probably never will).

Game Changer by @m_cutler

Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3)

Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

Chemistry Rating: Simmering

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: Bickering pals turn into bad lovers turn into best friends turn into crazy, hot, made-for-each-other lovers

Review:THIS IS THE BOOK I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR! Ever since I first met Brandon and Harper in Risky Business I have been looking forward to this book and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

The UST and to-ing and fro-ing was everything I longed for but the biggest surprise of the book for me was just how much depth it had. If the Hero of a book has his leg blown off by an IED you might Melissa Cutler - Brandonexpect him to own all the “health issues” in the book but in fact it is the complete opposite. I love how Brandon is there for Harper throughout everything she goes through in dealing with the fact that she inherited her mother’s cancer gene.

It was a delight to see Brandon and Harper’s friendship grow and watch how it slowly develops into something more against the backdrop of Brandon’s reality TV show.

The epilogue kind of sounded like it was wrapping up the series as a whole but I really hope that it isn’t the case and that there are more books to come, even if they don’t manage to match the epicness of Brandon and Harper’s love story.

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Hostage Taker by Stefanie Pintoff

Hostage TakerARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Cover: Yay

POV: 3rd Person

One-Sentence Summary: A hostage situation plays out in NYC’s most famous religious landmark and an FBI Agent and her band of misfits are the only ones who can save them

Review: Here we are only in May and I think I can confidently state that I have found my favourite book of 2015 … or at least my favourite crime novel.

Yes this book really is that good.

Why?

Because Pintoff gets it right on all 3 accounts:

The plot:

Is there a situation that has you sitting on edge any more than a hostage situation? I’ve devoured a huge number of TV shows, films and books and I have yet to find one. When done right, the interplay of characters, life/death situations and simply getting an answer to the question “why?!” will hold your attention from start to finish.

Boy did Pintoff get it right. She keeps you waiting to find out the answer to “who” and “why”, teasing out the plot, feeding you crumbs to hold your interest. And then near the end when you think you’ve got your answers to those questions, she pulls the rug out from under your feet and makes you reconsider everything you’ve read in the previous 400 pages. By the end of the book *SPOILER* I was definitely convinced that my own inherent gender bias had let me not see the twist coming. Nicely played. *SPOILER*

Needless to say that there are enough deaths to convince you that the hostage-taker means business and makes you wonder how the hell the good guys will win this one.

Well, I don’t think it’s a spoiler to reveal that yes the good guys do win and this is because of a set of wonderfully unique characters.

The characters:

Eva Rossi – what a heroine. Strong, smart and well respected by a group of criminals who you would never think could possibly have an ounce of respect for a young, female, FBI Agent. Clearly there is so much to her story but Pintoff teases us by only peeling back the first layer with a few mentions about her recently deceased ex-CIA stepfather and her misstep in a previous case.

I’m not going to go into who her team are as individuals because one of the best things about the first part of the book is learning about these characters and seeing them in their natural environment before getting pulled back into the FBI team. Needless to say they all have engaging personalities and you’ll want to learn more about each of them by the end.

The writing:

It really goes without saying that a wonderful knack of storytelling goes hand-in-hand with the two above points. It’s a page-turner from start to finish.

One of my favourite things about this introduction to what is hopefully going to be a long and successful series is the fact that Pintoff simply leaves you wanting more. Yes, the hostage case thriller is all tied up neatly by the end but you are left eager for the next book to find out more about Eve’s stepfather and her relationship with Haddox.

To say that I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Eve Rossi series is putting it mildly. Pintoff, please write faster!