Personnel: John Pierce , John McVie (bass instrument); Mick Fleetwood (drums, percussion); Walfredo Reyes (drums).
Audio Mixers: Lindsey Buckingham; Mark Needham.
Coming two years after UNDER THE SKIN, Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham's GIFT OF SCREWS represents the shortest gap ever between his solo releases. Where UNDER THE SKIN was a sparse, often meditative, acoustic-based album, GIFT OF SCREWS boasts a full-sounding production and an embrace of the rich pop-rock sound that made Buckingham famous, but it's still largely performed by the multi-talented artist himself. There are a few guest contributions from the Mac rhythm section and others, but this is mostly Buckingham's show. While some of the tunes bear an unmistakable Fleetwood Mac touch, that just underlines how important Buckingham's contribution to the group's sound has always been; this sunny mix of pop and folk-rock, driven by the guitarist's unique instrumental touch, sounds very much of a piece with the rest of his solo catalog.
Rolling Stone (p.110) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he sound under him is a wild roadhouse blues with the signature of old bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Fleetwood's drumming also powers 'The Right Place To FAde,' a classic Mac-style hook barrage with a strummy 'Go Your Own Way' gallop and a head-kicking harmony chorus."
Spin (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "GIFT OF SCREWS boasts a lot of attractive touches, from the lovely acoustic guitar of 'Bel Air Rain' to the crashing chorus of 'Love Runs Deeper'..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.73) - "SCREWS finds him creating an insular world of ghostly vocals and nervous guitars....Buckingham remains the master of type A chamber pop."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Love Runs Deeper' is vintage Buckingham soft rock, while the barmy title track recalls the new wave-inspired weirdness of TUSK."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "He seems to have rediscovered his need to play electric guitar -- he even solos....All in all, this is a reminder of what Buckingham contributes to Fleetwood Mac..."