Ok so maybe I like Fleetwood Mac a lot. Good thing there’s a covers album coming out that’s sure to produce some interesting interpretations of Fleetwood Mac songs by The New Pornographers, MGMT, and Washed Out.
The Best Coast I posted the other day was just a precursor to the other leaks released on Stereogum-only one of the sound bites works, but it’s probably for the best, because it’s an honorable cover. Lykke Li does an amazing job of revisiting the song in a way that fits her musical style but doesn’t let you forget that this is indeed a Fleetwood Mac song.
After seeing the artist list though, I have to agree with one of the commenters on the article about reaching out to Fleet Foxes, Local Natives, Sharon Van Etten, etc to participate. Were these artists even tapped? The artist list is decent, but I can’t help but think that Florence+the Machine (come on, modern day Stevie!), Ellie Goulding, Neko Case (she might be playing with TNP, but would KILL it by herself) would have been better reflections on the Fleetwood Mac legacy. But. Haven’t heard the whole album yet, so I’ll hold off on any true judgment.
I sort of love/hate Best Coast. I find Bethany Cosentino to be polarizing…..I want to like her because her band is great and her music is fun. But. She is in the Zooey Deschanel category of annoying (Seriously can we all get over that terrible iPhone commercial? It’s the worst). She’s cute, fun and quirky and awkward girls like me are supposed to be able to appreciate that. But you can only sing about your cats, your boyfriend, the beach and getting high so much.
Fleetwood Mac however. I mean, they have Stevie Nicks. I don’t think I need to say anymore.
This is Best Coast covering Fleetwood Mac’s Rhiannon, a song I remember secretly enjoying as a kid forced to listen to the easy listening station in mom’s car.