With the medium having progressed as far as it has, you can generally get by in modern Pop music with an approximation of a feeling, even if you haven’t necessarily felt it yourself, hence why happily married Artists – especially in Rock & Hip Hop – will write tunes about infidelity, partying & heartbreak, despite living completely normal lives. The beauty of Fleetwood Mac is that – while certainly applying artistic embellishments of their own – their narratives always come from real life events, wholly focused on the turbulent nature of their interpersonal relationships & true feelings for each other, sometimes filled with happiness & other times delivering absolutely devastating tales of deceit & sadness; Stevie Nicks is of particular importance regarding this emotional vulnerability, as “Landslide” – one of the Album’s most heartfelt songs – was her brainchild, a loving ode to the precarious status of she & Lindsey Buckingham’s relationship at the time – Having nearly broken up just before joining Fleetwood Mac, the two musicians were struggling to keep themselves firmly planted to reality, choosing to stick together out of financial & artistic necessity rather than compatibility; As such, the emotional weight of such a relationship informed Nicks’ writing process, leading to a narrative in which she tries to confront these conflicting feelings she’s having, analyzing whether its worth it to hold on to her anger or if she should simply let bygones be bygones, learning to mature & take the good with the bad since “even children get older.”
What really makes this narrative stick is the first line of the chorus, “well I’ve been afraid of changing ‘cause I’ve built my life around you,” a lyric which is so genuinely vulnerable & rational that it resonates with every kind of listener; Growing up is hard for everyone, but even harder is accepting that you can’t just lock yourself away in a time bubble, living a singular happy moment over & over again. She shows a willingness to let go of the past, despite the fact it forms the foundation for her entire identity, allowing herself & her listeners to shed their emotional baggage & live their lives looking up instead of staring at the ground afraid to accept love – As tender & empowering as this storyline may be, the manner in which she sings brings a whole new dimension into the equation, sung with a sort of hopeful desperation, as if resigned to the fate of her decisions but still positive about the decisions she’s making for herself; Her voice is delicate & soothing, recording with an emphasis on mid-tone frequencies to help boost the warmth of her melodies, of which she makes sure to keep simplistic in form, following the basic structure of the acoustic guitar plucking instead of going off on some wild tangent. With little more than a single chorus & verse which are each repeated with maybe one line of deviation, Nicks has to rely on subtle emotional expression & intimate connection to her audience in order to deliver the song in an effective manner, but manages to do so with absolute ease, thrusting “Landslide” into legendary status as one of the most heart-wrenching yet truthful ballads of all time.
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"Landslide" is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac. It was first featured on the band's self-titled 1975 album Fleetwood Mac. The original recording also appears on the compilation albums 25 Years – The Chain (1992) and The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac (2002), while a live version was released as a single 23 years later from the live reunion album The Dance. It reached number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 10 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Landslide" was certified Gold in October 2009 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. According to Nielsen Soundscan, "Landslide" sold 1,315,950 copies in the United States as of February 2013.