Stevie Nicks

ALBUM REVIEW: Street Angel, an entertaining flight

Stevie Nicks Street Angel 1994★★★
Street Angel – Stevie Nicks
Modern Records/Atlantic
13 tracks

Stevie Nicks’s ambitious Street Angel takes flight thanks to her willingness to tackle tough subjects, her stellar guest list, and her voice — sometimes sweet, sometimes raspy — which shines through.

The former voice of Fleetwood Mac is adept at being wistful (“Listen to the Rain”), downright sad (“Rose Garden,” which brings to mind the country classic “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”) or properly respectful — in the case of two of her heroes, actress Greta Garbo and naturalist Jane Goodall, who are the subjects of different songs.

The guest list is an impressive one topped by Bob Dylan, who helps out on his song “Just Like a Woman,” which Nicks decorates with some Dylan-esque inflections. Guitarists Bernie Leadon and Waddy Wachtel make shimmering/ ringing contributions and David Crosby effectively sings backup, but no one gets in the way of Nicks’s generally understated delivery.

Longtime fans may be ambivalent about the two tribute songs — the lyrics are rather lightweight — but Nicks makes them listenable, although neither is as interesting as the title track, a semi-romantic anthem for the homeless. It’s a reach for Nicks to move into social commentary — and to tackle a Dylan song in his presence — but her singing and the music make Street Angel an entertaining flight.

Russ DeVault / Atlantic Journal and Constitution / July 2, 1994

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

🗹  New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA
May 7, 2022 

🗹 Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
May 11, 2022

🗹  The Gorge Amphitheatre
Quincy, WA
May 14, 2022

RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
June 10, 2022

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA
June 12, 2022

USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
June 16, 2022

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Manchester, TN
June 19, 2022

Ruoff Music Center
Noblesville, IN
June 21, 2022

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
September 30, 2022
Dana Point, CA

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