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Stevie Nicks 

With Jeffrey Gaines. Wednesday, July 18, at Blossom.

Stevie Nicks
  • Stevie Nicks
Singer-songwriter-enchantress Stevie Nicks baptized her solo career with ardor in 1981 when she took time off from her tumultuous leading role in '70s icons Fleetwood Mac to write and record Bella Donna. The project not only proved her prolific creative potential, but also her market value as a solo artist. The album went quadruple platinum with a little help from duet collaborations with Tom Petty ("Stop Draggin' My Heart Around") and Don Henley ("Leather and Lace"). The Wild Heart and Rock a Little followed to mediocre success until the mid-'80s, when Nicks's decade-long cocaine addiction sent her to rehab. Another eight years were spent trying to kick an addiction to Klonopin, a tranquilizer prescribed by her doctor to fight cocaine dependency. The drug's stifling effects are evidenced by the solo slop that followed, including the high production and pretension of The Other Side of the Mirror and the rootsy reprisal Street Angel. But drug addiction is simply par for the course for any notable '70s rocker, and by the time Nicks was clean and sober, she had reunited and toured with Fleetwood Mac and released a boxed set of solo material titled Enchanted. Her new album, Trouble in Shangri-La, has triumphantly ensured her comeback. Following in the mold of her early collaborations, Nicks has partnered with Macy Gray, Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and most notably Sheryl Crow. The latter co-produced five tracks on the album, which pairs Nicks's somber pop orchestrations with Crow's signature guitar licks while retaining that voodoo charisma that always haunts and embellishes Nicks's craft. It's good enough to rekindle her magnetism and appeal.

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