The album opens with the Buckingham-led track Sleeping Around the Corner, which started life as an iTunes-exclusive bonus track on his 2011 solo album Seeds We Sow. This is a new version of the song with McVie's contributions, but it has all the hallmarks of a classic Buckingham pop/rock number. Jangly guitar chords and percussion open the song up, before Buckingham's breathy vocals join the fray in his classic style. The song does not take long to get going, and it soon explodes into a fiery chorus with frantic drumming and strong vocal melodies which sees Buckingham and McVie harmonising well together. Buckingham certainly has an idiosyncratic songwriting style, and this song fits perfectly in his usual mould with catchy melodies and a slightly off-kilter edge. Feel About You is McVie's first contribution and it is clear from the outset that her vocal ability has certainly diminished during her years away from Fleetwood Mac. Her once crystal clear voice has fogged up somewhat, but this is something that happens with age and you soon get used to her new smokier tones. The glockenspiel-led intro soon leads into a upbeat poppy number with another strong chorus, with some catchy wordless vocal sections, and driving drum beat that definitely sounds like one of Fleetwood's contributions with his staccato and leaden style. McVie's keyboards sparkle throughout the song as they did throughout many of her best Fleetwood Mac contributions, and it is great to see her back writing new material. In My World is one of the best songs on the album and is a real gem from Buckingham that definitely could have appeared on Tango in the Night thirty years ago. The slightly floaty feel that many of the classic Fleetwood Mac songs had is back here with McVie's keyboard presence and a driving bassline helps to add weight. Buckingham has not suffered from the same vocal deterioration as McVie sadly seems to have, and he sounds great here - especially during the melodic chorus which is packed full of poppy sensibilities which clash with the somewhat abrasive guitar playing throughout. There are even breathy wordless sections which recall the classic single Big Love. Red Sun makes good use of McVie's deeper voice with a slightly dark vibe throughout, despite the song's poppy overall feel. Buckingham really cuts loose with his guitar here too with lots of subtle little leads during the verses that are something out of the ordinary for him. There is also a traditional guitar solo from him, which again is not something that he makes use of too often in his songwriting. Like many of the songs here there is a strong chorus and McVie's keyboards really dominate with uplifting feel-good vibe that is contrast to the murkier verses. Love is Here to Stay opens with one of Buckingham's busy guitar melodies, which is something that has really characterised his playing over the years. I have always thought that he is one of the most underrated guitarists out there, and his ear for melody and strange rhythms are what make him so great. This song is a little more atmospheric and uses his guitar to create a hypnotic melody before a percussive chorus comes in with layers of keyboards and ethereal backing vocals.
McVie's contributions to the Fleetwood Mac canon were often gentle ballads, but Too Far Gone is a funky upbeat rocker with another strong guitar riff and driving drum pattern which is probably one of Fleetwood's contributions. There is a somewhat tribal-esque drum instrumental section too which really feels like his playing, and that really makes this song feel like a lost Fleetwood Mac classic. McVie's somewhat gravelly voice helps to give his song a real bite, and the funky chorus is one of the album's catchiest moments with a dancey bassline and a spiky guitar riff. Lay Down for Free seems like another lost Fleetwood Mac classic and some of the backing vocals during the chorus really sound like something Nicks would have done if she had actually committed to recording with the band. The pop sheen of this number really recalls the band's classic Rumours sound with shimmering keyboards and understated guitar rhythms that drive the song with a slightly bouncy feel without ever really dominating the mix. Buckingham is still a great singer and this is one of his best performances vocally on the album with a good mix of whimsical emotion and power - something which always characterised his songwriting. In many ways, McVie's Game of Pretend is the song on this album which is closest to her signature style from the past. The piano-led ballad makes the most of her knack for mournful but surprisingly catchy melodies and packs a surprising emotional punch. While subtle percussion and acoustic guitars do join the mix as the song moves along, it is always her piano that is the dominant instrumental throughout. Buckingham's effects-heavy backing vocals during the chorus really helps to add some quirkiness, but overall this is a very traditional piano ballad which adds some variety during this fairly upbeat pop/rock album. On with the Show, which was the name of Fleetwood Mac's big reunion tour during 2014 and 2015 (which is more evidence that many of these songs were written to be Fleetwood Mac songs), returns to the pop/rock feel of the rest of the album with big acoustic guitar chords and a slightly funky bassline. While not particularly an upbeat number, the song contains many of those classic Buckingham hallmarks and probably contains his best vocal performance of the album. He has a way of conveying subtle emotions in his vocal performances effortlessly and this is made obvious here with a understated and enveloping vocal display. The album's last song is one of McVie's and Carnival Begin is a slightly bluesy number that moves along at quite a slow pace with very deliberate guitar picking and a murky bassline. The chorus picks up on the melody front however with chiming keyboard lines that mix in well with the guitars for a shiny feel that really sounds great. The bluesy feel is cemented with a soaring Buckingham guitar solo that really helps to close the album out on a high as the aching runs of notes continue during the song's fade out. Overall, Lindsey Buckingham Christine McVie is an album that shows the two Fleetwood Mac members can still write strong material. While nothing here will ever be as good as their all-time classic songs from the past, there is still a lot to enjoy here and is a worthy addition to their respective canons.
The album was released on 9th June 2017 via East West Records. Below is the duo's promotional sound clip of In My World.