Christine McVie's second and final solo album--originally released in 1984 (the first was in the late 60s under her maiden name Christine Perfect). A terrific set of pop songs with her characteristic catchy choruses, sublime melodies, and themes on love.
Highlights include the sparkling chart hit "Got a Hold on Me" (it stays in your head long after you listen), the soft and haunting "Ask Anybody", country-tinged "So Excited", guitar rocker "The Challenge (with the exceptional Eric Clapton guesting), and the upbeat "Love Will Show us How" (a minor chart hit with a very funny video).
Christine experiments with various formats and tempos--pop, r&b, country, ballads. And she does all of them well. Her voice remains the best thing about anything she touches and sounds great throughout, with her keyboards coming in a close second. In addition to Clapton, she also gets invaluable assistance from Lindsay Buckingham (guitar and background vocals), MIck Fleetwood (drums), Stevie Winwood (keyboards, writing, and vocals--including a duet on "One in a Million") and Eddie Quintala. Her core band sounds great too--Todd Sharp (also a cowriter on several of the tracks), Geroge Hawkins, and Steve Ferrone.
One wishes she would do another record, either solo or with Fleetwood Mac. Her reitirement from the music industry left us with a big hole. But at least we have this very special and underrated gem from the mid 80s to keep us happy. Come back Christine.