100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Stevie Nicks’ ‘Bella Donna’ (1981)

100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums: Stevie Nicks’ ‘Bella Donna’ (1981):

“Among the handful of thematic threads present across her auspicious 1981 solo debut Bella Donna, two emerge as the most pervasive and ultimately define the album’s emotional weight and empowered tone. First, Nicks examines the vicissitudes of fame under the rock and roll spotlight, and more specifically, the daunting task of embracing professional ambition while trying to preserve personal relationships. Second, she asserts her independence beyond the restrictive confines of her male-dominated band, her past relationships, and more broadly, our patriarchal society as a whole.”