Stevie Nicks: "The Dealer," a new single from forthcoming album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault (AUDIO).

Stevie Nicks Channels the ’70s in Her New Single

Stevie Nicks Channels the ’70s in Her New Single

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Aug. 5 2014 3:02 PM

Stevie Nicks Channels the 1970s in Her New Single, “The Dealer”  

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Stevie Nicks returns with material that harkens back to her glory days.

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I get a little nervous when an artist whose older work I favor comes out with a new album. But I take heart in the fact that most of the songs on Stevie Nicks’ forthcoming album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, were written between 1969 and 1987, with a couple penned in the mid-’90s. And with “The Dealer” she delivers a track that would have been at home on 1983’s Wild Heart or even Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (1977).*

Musically speaking, “The Dealer” is something like a time capsule that Nicks could have planted decades ago—but the lyrics seem to come from a wiser woman taking stock and looking back: “It was my fault, my move, and my wine/ I see the sun now, and it still shines.” Her voice has a gravelly quality now that matches the sentiment.

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Nicks has a busy fall lined up. In addition to promoting 24 Karat Gold, her first album since 2011’s In Your Dreams, she joins Fleetwood Mac for a reunion tour in September, and she has a gig as a mentor on The Voice. Don’t call it a comeback, though. As she told NPR, “You just can’t make a comeback. Comebacks are no good. You have to just keep singing. Or keep dancing.”

24 Karat Gold comes out on Oct. 7 and is available for pre-order now.

*Correction, Aug. 5, 2014: This post originally misspelled the name of Fleetwood Mac’s albumRumours.