The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame called recent nominee, the legendary vocalist Stevie Nicks, a “mystic poet” of the genre.
Though Nicks was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 along with the rest of Fleetwood Mac, she was recently nominated as a solo artist for the first time.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame website, on Nicks’s legacy, said, “The unmistakable vocal timbre of Stevie Nicks’s voice has dominated rock.”
“Nicks brought velvet and chiffon into the leather-and-denim world of rock,” they said, “infusing sounds she admired from the acid rockers and Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters with a hint of black magic.”
Nicks is in the running for the 2019 induction along with other celebrated acts, such as Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, The Cure, Rage Against the Machine, and Radiohead.
Though some of her most enduring songs were written when Nicks was a part of Fleetwood Mac, she has also released eight solo studio albums since 1981. Here are a few tracks from those records to check out:
1. “Edge of Seventeen.” The third single from Nicks’ debut solo album, “Bella Donna,” “Edge of Seventeen” has an unshakable sound. Propelled along by the chugging of an electric guitar, there’s an almost momentous quality to it.
The iconic “oohs” in the song are, according to Nicks, meant to sound like the sounds of the “white-winged dove” mentioned in the chorus.
Though the song was born out of grief, written in response to Nicks’ uncle’s death and John Lennon’s murder, Nicks’ rasping vocals and the sharp punctuation of the piano capture an indomitable spirit.
2. “Sorcerer.” Though Nicks initially approached singer and friend Tom Petty as a potential songwriting partner for her 2001 album, “Trouble in Shangri-La,” he turned her down and advised her to put more faith in her own abilities.
One of the singles from the album, “Sorcerer,” is a track with a long history. Nicks wrote it in 1972 before it was passed along to singer Marilyn Martin.
Nicks recorded it, herself, for “Shangri-La” two decades later. The stylistic difference between the two versions is striking.
Nicks brings her own brand of enigmatic folksiness to it. Her version conjures, more than Martin’s, the eponymous sorcerer “in the middle of a snow dream.”
3. “If You Ever Did Believe.” This tenderly melancholic acoustic Nicks song is from the soundtrack of the 1998 film “Practical Magic,” starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman.
Few could imagine, of course, a better movie to feature Nicks on the soundtrack than one about a family of witches and a vengeful ghost.
Accompanying Nicks on the song with vocal harmonies is country legend Sheryl Crow. The song, about being left by a lover, has Nicks’ characteristic poignant, poetic lyrics: “You’ve left me now and it’s seasoned my soul. And with every step you take, I watch another part of you go.”