I’ve come to the realization that Stevie Nicks jus…

I’ve come to the realization that Stevie Nicks just plain sucks. I have a very high appreciation and respect for the ’70s gold sounds of Fleetwood Mac – authors of so many great pop songs, and I always lumped Nicks in there with them. Thinking about it in golf terms, though, she got a total mulligan in all facets of the game. In the 1970s, she got by on a distinctive (note I didn’t say “good”) voice and the fact that she was all spinning, scarfy, witchy and mysterious, not to mention good looking. All of her strongest songs featured Lindsay Buckingham singing at equal volume with her: “The Chain,” “Never Going Back Again” and “Second Hand News,” among others. Now think about the ones she sings on her own: “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” “Gypsy,” and one of her worst ever, “Dreams.” Dreams is the utterly painful one where you can’t figure out one single phrase she’s singing other than “thunder only happens when it’s raining.”

See what I mean here? She sucks and I cannot even understand half her lyrics because when she sings it sounds like she’s had 47 vodkas. It sounds so slurred. Her solo career only adds fuel to my argument. “Edge of Seventeen” might be one of the single worst songs ever made – “Just like the wide winged dove?” Come on. Give me a break. However, look at her collaborations: singing with Tom Petty on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” – now that was a good song; I never made a final decision on “Leather and Lace,” the one Nicks sang with Don Henley, but I don’t think it’s as horrendous as Rhiannon or anything. There is one song, however, where Nicks shines, and that song is “Silver Springs.” For some reason, she pulls this one off without reminding me of sitting in the passenger seat in the 1970s in the musty smell of my family’s old Mercury Cougar or Ford Mustang, dried out, cracked dashboards and all. The smell was a combination of the intense humidity of the northeast and stale cigarette smoke. My parents were big smokers, a habit they’ve long since abandoned, thankfully. By the way, what was up with those vinyl seats in the ’70s? The heat and humidity back then caused the vinyl seats to loosly resemble the feeling like you were sitting on the sun.

Anyway, I acknowledge that it’s a unique theory – a person who sucks singing solo in a song, but sounds mostly great in duets. I suppose it’s better than Linda McCartney, right?

Warren Zevon – “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” (how weird is that???)

60 comments to I’ve come to the realization that Stevie Nicks jus…

  • Estella

    It’s pretty obvious that se can’t sing. Her voice is annoying and sounds strained. Her vibrato almost sounds forced. Regardless her writing is mediocre and not to the level of the great poets. A very overrated singer no doubt!

  • Jon

    The reason stevie is getting hate is because people are starting to realise how much she sucks.

  • Gina

    I’ve never understood how people can listen to this woman. Seriously, how can people say she has a good voice? Ill admit it wasn’t bad in the 70s, but after time it got to be really annoying. I will say this that her performance of landslide and silver springs in the dance tour where amazing. I was shocked when I heard them. However, since then, her voice has become so strained its unbearable to her her sing. Trouble in Shangri la was awful, in your dreams mediocre, and 24 karat gold is a fucking disappointment.

  • Joe

    You guys are crazy. She’s amazing and one of the best singers ever!

    Songs like “Landslide”, “Dreams”, “Sara”, “Sisters of the Moon”, “Fireflies”, “Gypsy”, “Seven Wonders”, “Rhiannon”, “The Chain”, “Say You Will”, “Rooms On Fire”, “I Can’t Wait”, “Edge of Seventeen”, “Blue Denim”, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, “Leather and Lace”, “Wild Heart”, “Without You”, “Frozen Love”, “Silver Springs” and SO MUCH MORE!

    She is not a disappointment. She is a legend. Get your head out of your assess and stop being jealous of her

  • Syd

    Fleetwood Mac is one of the best-selling bands of all time, and has the 8th best selling album of all time, Rumours, which Stevie Nicks sang about half the songs on that album. Their song, which hit #1 on the charts was “Dreams” which was Stevie sang. Yeah, she is 66 now and doesn’t sound like she did when she was 30, but she still is a great singer and has a great talent for writing songs. If Stevie doesn’t have a great voice, I would like to know who does.

    It is my opinion that she has a great voice, and I’m sure your opinions are probably different. Some people find unique voices like hers good, while some find it despicable. Stevie adds an essence to Fleetwood Mac that it didn’t have with Peter Green, some like this essence, some don’t. I am a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac and so are hundreds of thousands of other people. Just because you don’t like the sound of a band doesn’t mean you have to go and hate on the band.

  • Skyler

    Are you kidding me? She has great talent, there’s no one else quite like her. Yeah she has gotten older and has lost some power in her voice, she still gets out there and does her thing. How could you say “Edge of Seventeen” and “Dreams” were shitty when they have been so successful. In the end, she was a great musician then and is still a great musician to the day. I give her tremendous credit for going through her struggles, and still finding herself at the feet of her music. God knows if that was me you most definitely wouldn’t find me on a stage still singing at age 66 after all that shit.

  • Mick

    Thank you for stating what for many of us was obvious by the late 1980’s. Whatever ability she had has long since departed to be replaced by a gargle not unlike that displayed by Marianne Faithful these days. “But she is so popular? How could she be so popular if she is so shit?” The ultimate example of flawed logic enacted by disciples of the questionably-talented, i.e: mass-popularity equals talent. I have only one thing to say in response to that: Britney Spears. If she isn’t irrefutable proof that sucess is as much about capturing the zeitgeist and having a good promoter (not to mention a pretty face if you’re female) as much as (if not more than in Britney’s case) whatever demonstrable talent the artist has then nothing is. Obviously this doesn’t apply to Stevie. In her case she was able to complete one good album (“Rumours”) and build on that repuation to an extent that continued success was assured, no matter what musical dross or constricted vocal chord-isms followed.

  • Frank Rippey

    Stevie Nicks is super successful. That’s obvious…and everyone is welcome to their opinion…but let’s give credit where credit is really due. Without Lindsay Buckingham, she wouldn’t have gotten past the coffee houses.

  • Anonymous

    Yea that’s why Rolling Stone considers her 1 of the 100 greatest singers ever!! You obviously know nothing about vocals or music. I am a music major(vocal) and nicks is my idol. She is one a lot of us singers look up too.

  • Anonymous

    Fuck all u guys she is the best ever

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