The lead single was reportedly demoed for the aforementioned Rumours, before being discarded.With the title subtly doffing a cap to Fleetwood Mac's Dreams, Nicks's first solo studio album in a decade echoes the ethereal soft rock sound with which she helped redefine the band circa 1977's classic, Rumours.The Heartbreakers' Mike Campbell plays an assortment of instruments and co-wrote a couple of tracks, though not as many as Dave Stewart, who also co-produced the disc with Glenn Ballard. Nicks opens with "Secret Love", a sturdily pulsing piece blitzed by growling powerchords as she sings of "a timeless search for a love that might work".Vocal harmonies and acoustic guitars underpin the affecting "For What It's Worth" (no relation to the Stephen Stills one), while the pick of the bunch may be the title track, a scintillating blast of jangle-rock which harks back to the days when Nicks used to hang around with Tom Petty and his crew. Nicks, still festooned in hats, feathers and bodice-ripper gowns after all these years, channels Edgar Allan Poe in "Annabel Lee", runs with the Undead in "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)", and evokes vampire chronicler Anne Rice in "New Orleans". In Your Dreams lasts half an hour longer than Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, and the longer it goes on, the more you want to start pelting it with rotten fruit. In the US In Your Dreams has already enjoyed success when it debut at number 6 on the Billboard 200. It’s been 10 years since Nicks released her last solo album, Trouble In Shangri-La, and now she’s ready to return to the spotlight with her seventh studio album In Your Dreams.Still nursing a bruised heart, umpteen years after the marriage-go-round that was Fleetwood Mac, 63-year-old Stevie Nicks remains the perennial rock chick, working out her frustrations over a series of bombastic ballads and big rock set pieces. In Your Dreams is an accomplished and wonderful record.Her voice is mainly hard and aloof but she’s at her very best when she softens a bit, as on Everybody Loves You, a brilliant reflection on the hollowness of fame, or when the material hasthe width and harmony of her former band, as on Annabel Lee. Stevie Nicks still has the magic she’s always had and sounds fantastic throughout the record.
Mac bandmates and old flames Mick Fleetwood and Lindsay Buckingham guest, and while the latter doesn't lift Soldiers Tale above Nicks-by-numbers, the frisson of the Mac's complex romantic entanglements stalks Secret Love, written during the Rumours era.
The superb For What It's Worth similarly describes an affair where "only a few around us knew".
While the 14 tunes don't all linger, her raspy-voiced spray of emotions is hard to shake off, not least on Everybody Loves You ("but you're so alone"), which combines trademark candour and a killer chorus.
The pop world goes through its phases but it's good to find that Miss Nicks stays resolutely the same.
In Your Dreams has on its cover a photograph of Stevie in flowing skirt leading a pure white horse through a forest, the sun flaring behind them.
Elsewhere on the record Nicks powers through with a bit of uptempo rock on the title track In Your Dreams, incorporates Edgar Allan Poe into Annabel Lee and showcases the strength of her remarkable voice on the bluesy You May Be The One.