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Stevie Nicks’ New Song “The Dealer” Feels Like Pure, Old-School Stevie

The song is taken from her upcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold — Songs From the Vault

You know when your favorite musicians feel the need to experiment and grow and explore their artistry or whatever, and while you’re on board with that in theory, you mostly just wish they’d just keep releasing the kind of music that made you fall in love with them in the first place? (Hi, Bob Dylan — here’s looking at you.)
Well, based on her latest track, it appears that Stevie Nicks plans to keep on being the same Stevie we fell in love with. The song, called “The Dealer,” is the first track off her upcoming solo album, 24 Karat Gold — Songs From the Vault, out in October. Mercifully, the song really feels like classic Stevie: soulful and a little twangy, with introspective lyrics sung delivered in her signature gorgeous, gravelly voice.
Granted, most of the songs on the new album were written between 1969 and 1987, as Nicks noted in a press release. That explains why “The Dealer” transports you back a few decades, and sounds like it could have been on one of her early solo albums, or a circa-1970s Fleetwood Mac album. Still, though, it’s nice to imagine that if Stevie were to write a bunch of entirely new songs right now, she’d keep that wonderfully dusty retro vibe.

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