Album Reviews of the 80s

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Stevie Nicks, "Bella Donna" / 1981 Review by: Josh S.
World famous for her mystical chanteuse image in the supergroup Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks proved she could function quite nicely without the band that first carried her to stardom. Bella Donna was Stevie's solo debut, and what a debut it was. Bella Donna rose to the top of the charts on the strength of three Top Ten singles; Stop Draggin My Heart Around (a gutsy straight ahead rock duet that was nominated for a Grammy), Leather and Lace (a beautiful country-tinged ballad sung with Don Henley), and Edge Of Seventeen (a stunning rock masterpiece that was also nominated for a Grammy). Bella Donna was among the best-selling albums of 81, but beyond its commercial appeal, the album proved just how strong a songwriter Stevie Nicks was. All but one of the songs on Bella Donna were penned by her, and at a time when too many women in rock were wearing black leather and screaming at the top of their lungs, Stevie managed to keep her music infused with femininity while staying true to her rock and roll forum. One of the finest albums of the Eighties from one of the most distinctive artists of all time, Bella Donna has more that held up over time.

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