Certainly I’ll never tire of hearing Lindsey Buckingham’s magical fingers do things to strings, but his new acoustic album is certainly on my something-buy-for-myself-while-Christmas-shopping Christmas list.

He takes “Never Going Back Again” and rearranges a tiny-but-powerful Rumors cut into something soft, regretful, eerie. It’s still forging ahead, with it’s great resolving melody, But it’s much sadder, deeper, hurt. The interlude is far more somber and what he does vocally in the refrain fuels the heart of the song to the extreme, with whispers crescendoing into a powerful, pained, but perfectly pitched peak.

A pretty damn close to perfect updated arrangement.

Guy knows how to sing, knows how to use tone, and has impeccable timing all around. Just a master. Also he really knows how to write a song — listen to the chat between tracks at the end of the song where he reminds the audience what the famous line “looking out for love” from the next track really means.

Apparently good things can happen in Des Moines (where this album was recorded live). Still glad I didn’t end up living there, though.

“She broke down and let me in
Made me see where I’ve been

Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again

You don’t know what it means to win
Come down and see me again

Been down one time
Been down two times
I’m never going back again”

~Never Going Back Again
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, (as re-arranged and performed by Lindsey Buckingham for Lindsey Buckingham: One Man Show)