Last week, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham announced that they were working on and would be releasing their first duet album together. With the band’s other principal singer/gypsy, Stevie Nicks busy promoting her own solo album, the other two should have no problem writing great sounding songs on the upcoming album. Both McVie and Buckingham have each written and performed on some of the most iconic pop tunes from the seventies and eighties.
Some might say that the two best songs that each musician has ever written would be McVie’s beautifully haunting “Songbird” and Buckingham’s “Never Going Back Again,” both from their 1977 Rumors album. Thankfully they’ll both be putting their skills together on the upcoming duet project, but if fans had to pick which song between the two above would be their favorite, which do you think would come out on top?
Lindsey Buckingham’s “Never Going Back Again” is the perfect example of a talented artist proving that less is definitely more sometimes. The acoustic ballad captures Buckingham’s unique finger picking style, as well as the influence that folk and banjo music had on him when translating that style into writing pop songs. The song's tempo is just lively enough to make the song come alive and dance alongside Lindsey’s singing on the track. In an era when loud guitar began ruling the arena rock landscape of the seventies, “Never Going Back Again” is the perfect break on the album to bring listeners back down to earth.
What can one say about Christine McVie’s “Songbird” that hasn’t been said already though? Christine’s lower vocal range always gave the band so much more room to work with alongside Nicks’ higher vocal sound, and she captures it perfectly on the piano ballad. Eva Cassidy and Willie Nelson have each released albums named after the song, and out of the four songs written solely by McVie on the Rumors album, this one has the be the best. Her beautiful singing on top of the piano make for a moving performance every time she plays it.
So between the two fantastic songs, who did it better?