Rolling Stone - 6/21/01, p.763.5 stars out of 5
- "...It's rocking as right as it has since the mid-Eighties....Nicks delivers some of her best work..."
Entertainment Weekly - 5/4/01, p.70
"...Her earthiest work since the 80s. Ballads remind you of how warm she can be...Some things, like her wardrobe, never change..." - Rating: B
Q - 6/01, p.1133 stars out of 5
- "...Finds her throaty drawl restored to its former glory, and Nicks' supporting cast of younger equally gifted gal pals...has obviously inspired her..."
Personnel includes: Stevie Nicks (vocals); Sheryl Crow (vocals, guitar, bass); Macy Gray, Natalie Maines (vocals); Sarah McLachlan (guitar, piano, background vocals); Lindsey Buckingham, Mike Campbell (guitar); Benmont Tench (keyboards); Steve Ferrone (drums).
Producers include: Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Rick Nowels, David Kahne, Pierre Marchand.
"Planets Of The Universe" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Stevie Nicks (vocals, keyboards, tambourine); Sheryl Crow (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Sarah McLachlan (vocals, guitar, piano, background vocals); Rick Nowels (vocals, acoustic guitar); Sharon Celani, Lori Nicks (vocals, background vocals); Macy Gray, Natalie Maines (vocals); Jeff Trott (guitar, electric guitar); Peter Stroud (guitar, mandolin); John Shanks (guitar, keyboards, programming); Pierre Marchand (guitar, keyboards); Al Ortiz, Lindsey Buckingham, Michel Pepin, Rusty Anderson, Tim Pierce, Waddy Wachtel (guitar); Benmont Tench (piano, organ, chamberlin, keyboards); David Kahne (keyboards, programming); Patrick Warren, Charles Judge (keyboards); Gary Ferguson , Matt Chamberlain, Ashwin Sood, Steve Ferrone, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Wayne Rodrigues (drum programming).
Audio Mixer: Chris Lord-Alge.
Recording information: Extasy Recording Studio South; Groove Masters; Henson Recording; Mariposa Studio; Redwing Studios; Scream Studios; Signet Soundelux; Sunset sound; The Dog House; The Warehouse Studio; Village Recorder; Westlake studios.
Photographers: Norman Seeff; Neal Preston.
Free of an addiction to anti-depressants, Stevie Nicks hunkered down with a coterie of friends for her first album since 1994's STREET ANGEL. Sounding revitalized and strong of voice, Nicks changes stylistic gears throughout SHANGRI-LA, going from the driving force of "Fall From Grace" to the exotic, Sting-like worldbeat of "Bombay Sapphire" (featuring guest vocals by Macy Gray). Peppered with sitar-flavored guitar and unobtrusive drum-loops, the chugging self-empowerment anthem "That Made Me Stronger" serves as the core of this creative rebirth. Nicks' strongest studio album since her 1981 debut BELLA DONNA.
Sheryl Crow guests on "Candlebright" and "Sorcerer," which date back to the early '70s, and were dug out of Nicks' vault of previously unreleased material. Both fuse Crow's rootsy sound with Nicks' trademark mysticism. Other highlights include Nicks' duet with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines on the twangy "Too Far From Texas," and the delicate "Love Is," an ethereal collaboration with Sarah McLachlan and her band.