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24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault

The star rerecords a batch of lost demos from four decades, using Nashville session A-team

Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the VaultStevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault

Kristin Burns

The title is misleading: Originally written by Nicks between 1969 and 1995, these are new recordings cut with Nashville session pros. But it’s an inspired move – after all, Music City pop scientists have cribbed shamelessly from Fleetwood Mac for years. With California expat steel man Dan Dugmore as cultural bridge alongside veteran Laurel Canyon scene guitarist Waddy Wachtel, plus Nicks’ longtime backing singers Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks refracting Mac harmonies, Nicks conjures the old black-lace magic and makes it feel new.

Not all the material is top-shelf, and her voice is starting to show its mileage. But Nicks uses it to her advantage. Most convincing: ”Mabel Normand,” a tribute to a powerhouse silent film star and legendary coke fiend with whom Nicks apparently identifies (go figure). Best flashback: the triple-harmony California dreaming of ”Belle Fleur” (”Canyon dancing/All night long”). Second-best flashback: ”The Dealer,” a casino metaphor that – like many songs here – may or may not be about Lindsey Buckingham. Most surprising: ”Cathouse Blues,” a Dixieland-band bordello strut in which the singer confides, ”I need some new red velvet shoes,” then purrs, ”I’m still a dreamer’s fancy.” True, that.

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