Street Angel (1994)

Stevie Nicks Street Angel 1994

“Nicks is an ethereal rocker whose blend of veil-waving Madame Zara spookiness sits alarmingly well over pounding American AOR rock.”–Q

“The often-ethereal Stevie Nicks touches ground for the first time in ages, with pleasurable tunes and plain-speak lyrics focused in chugging anthem tone.”
Philadelphia Daily News

Street Angel is Stevie Nicks’ fifth solo album, her first since The Other Side of the Mirror in 1989.

Background

Stevie Nicks began recording Street Angel with English producer Glyn Johns in the summer of 1992. The sessions were marred by Nicks’ ongoing addiction to the tranquilizer Klonopin and the antidepressant Prozac, which had affected the quality of her singing and songwriting. On December 12, 1993, Nicks finally sought treatment for the addiction, staying in a rehabilitation program for 47 days.

Following treatment, Nicks listened to the recording again and realized how disappointed she was with the production. Though Johns had completed the album, Nicks hired producer Thom Panunzio to remix the tracks. She also hired guitarists Waddy Wachtel and Michael Campbell and percussionist Peter Michael to add parts that she felt were missing from the original tracks. Overwhelmed by the production overhaul, Nicks chose not to re-record most of her vocals, though she later admitted that they were another glaring problem with the album.

“I should have gone back in and really worked with the album, with the vocals,” she told Off the Record host Mary Turner in 1994. “I guess that was the last thing that I knew was wrong with it. And after being in two months trying to fix everything that I thought was wrong about the music and the mixes, it was almost like, you just need to let this go.”

Release

Modern Records finally released the revamped Street Angel on Tuesday, May 24, 1994, two days before Nicks’ 46th birthday. The album debuted at number 45 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart and spawned the single “Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind,” which reached number 57 on the Billboard Top 100 Singles chart. Nicks launched a successful North American tour to support the release. In 1997, the RIAA certified Street Angel gold for the shipment of 500,000 units to retailers.

Despite Nicks’ concerted efforts to revise Street Angel, the album remains her least favorite recording.

Songs

  1. Blue Denim
  2. Greta
  3. Docklands
  4. Street Angel
  5. Listen to the Rain
  6. Destiny
  7. Unconditional Love
  8. Love Is Like a River
  9. Rose Garden
  10. Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind
  11. Just Like a Woman
  12. Kick It
  13. Jane
  14. God’s Garden*
  15. Inspiration*

*Bonus tracks for Japan edition