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Rock a Little
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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Sonoko F. from MONTCLAIR, NJ
Reviewed on 1/25/2007...
Amazon reviewer writeup: "ROCK A LITTLE tends to take a beating from critics as a purely commercial effort--and there is some truth in that statement. But the problem with the album isn't so much Stevie Nicks as it is producer Jimmy Iovine...even with these problems running against it, ROCK A LITTLE is a solid album, and at its best it shows Stevie Nicks at her best. The opening "I Can't Wait" is a roundhouse punch, "I Sing for the Things" is classic Nicks poetry, "Talk To Me" is a neglected pop classic, and "Has Any One Ever Written Anything For You" may be a bit spotty in lyrics but it has the emotional charge that only Nicks at her best can convey...This isn't the album I would use to introduce Stevie Nicks to a new listener--pulls in too many directions without finding a center. But it is nonetheless a good album, one that really only falls short in comparison to Nicks' previous work. - Gary F. Taylor "GFT"
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Don't pass judgement too quickly...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Stevie Nicks' "Rock A Little" is a tough one to explain. The first time I listened to this record, I didn't really think it was worth buying. Stevie's voice sounds a bit strained on the album, and you will never have to guess at what decade this collection of tracks comes from. That having been said, the songs on this album come straight from what Stevie was living at the time. She bears her soul on this record, and desperate times are apparent. Stevie sings "that was when the dream took her prisoner/and she knew the dream was over/but the nightmare was not over." A truthful testimony of Stevie's feelings of the business and her state of mind at the time. "she cries to her friend why am I so alone/he says wo baby/this is path you have chosen." The album also contains the top ten hit "Talk to Me" and the hit single "I Can't wait." Rock A Little is now my favorite Stevie album, and I do own all of her solo work. Just give Rock A Little a chance and a little thought, I think you'll like it."
Not your usual Stevie album
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm probably biased, because this record was my first exposure to Stevie Nicks ever, but I think it's a great album. Yes, we now know that she was half-wacked outta her gourd on drugs and booze during this time, but that mostly likely served to give her more of an edge. Even Stevie has said that "devestation leads to writing great songs" and while her voice on this CD is not perfect, it's full of intensity. She practically shouts her way through the defiant No Spoken Word and The Nightmare. And Rock A Little and I Sing For The Things sound appropriately weary and heartfelt. There is never a doubt that she is putting everything she's got into singing the songs on this album. This IS an odd album, because at least for a while, Stevie let go of her farie/gypsy/fantasy persona and got herself an attitude....she became Stevie:Warrior Princess. She started wearing all black, teased out her hair, and spun faster and harder than she ever has before or since. If there is a downside to this CD, it's that it now feels dated. It isn't as timeless as her other albums....the music very much sounds and feels like a typical mid-80's production."