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Fleetwood Mac: Tusk

Album Review

Their grand folly, now with unreleased demos, session outtakes, live tracks and more.

After the blockbuster success of Rumours, 1979’s Tusk was deemed a failure. A strange thing to say, perhaps, about an album that reached No.1 in the UK, No.4 in the US and sold four million copies. These things are, of course, relative.

But there was an air of superstar conceit about the project that many found maddening: you can imagine millions of eager punters making reflex purchases of the Mac’s latest dinner party balm, only to recoil at the queasy listening contained therein. Tusk is the strangest rock album ever made by a mainstream pop behemoth.

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