Thursday, May 24, 2001

Review - Trouble in Shangri-La

Artist: Stevie Nicks

Posted on Thu, May 24, 2001 at 4:00 AM

Laugh if you want, but "Trouble in Shangri-La" was supposed to be Ms. Nicks' musical return to relevance. Leaky breast implants and sappy Fleetwood Mac reunions behind her, Nicks shamelessly enlisted modern girls Sheryl Crow and The Dixie Chicks, along with longtime Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and personal heart-renderer Lindsey Buckingham for what was to be a new lease and new frame for her timeless weathered warble.

But the leisurely stylistic stroll of "Shangri-La" is far from inventive, more often resembling hopeful ocean crashes in cracked conch shells than the intended rebirth of an artist's artistry. The title-track opener pushes some teeth but ultimately crashes in salty foams of "show me the way back, honey" -- leading to further ways back, like the first single, "Every Day," dripped with a forgettable theme of office-working woman scorned and Stevie's swing-set alto. "Every day I see you," she gurgles. Appropriately, "Trouble in Shangri-La" is just everyday Stevie Nicks.

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