Essential Listening: McVie’s album proves she was ‘One in a Million’


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Christine McVie was known for her melodic voice and her songwriting abilities.

Evelyn Esek, Multimedia Editor

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With Wednesday’s passing of singer Christine McVie, fans are remembering and recognizing her contributions to the music world. 

McVie was a member of the classic rock band Fleetwood Mac who was known for her wide vocal range and beautiful melodies. She also expanded her songwriting and performing abilities to her solo career, and released the self-titled Christine McVie in 1984. 

Throughout her career, McVie worked with many talented musicians, and this is seen especially on her self-titled album. Fellow Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham sings background vocals and plays guitar on several tracks, while Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood plays drums on “Ask Anybody.” Guitarist Eric Clapton plays lead guitar on another song, “The Challenge.”

The album takes inspiration from the ’80s synthesizer sounds common at the time, but McVie’s vocal range stays the same. She also provides memorable lyrics for all of the songs on the album. 

Featuring singer Steve Winwood, “One in a Million,” the fourth song on the album, is a great listen. The song starts with a groovy beat and the chorus brings catchy lyrics. Winwood and McVie share lead vocals on the track, and their voices complement each other well. Winwood also contributes vocals and plays synthesizer on several other tracks.

“Keeping Secrets” begins with a catchy, repetitive synthesizer part and a steady drum and cymbal beat. Lyrics like “Why are we keeping secrets? / Why don’t we both come clean and begin?” showcase McVie’s vocal range, and the song also features an outstanding guitar solo. 

The ballad “The Smile I Live For” brings melodic lyrics and a slow drum beat. It also has a beautiful piano part, and McVie is able to show off her harmonic tone with the slow song. This song is the last track on the album, and it provides a meaningful close to her solo album. 

Overall, Christine McVie’s self-titled album is just one example of her wonderful contributions to the music industry.