In footballing circles here in the UK a match is often spoken of as “a game of two halves”. Well, this is an album of two halves, which equate almost exactly to what seem to have been Sides 1 and 2 of the LP.
The “Side 1” tracks kick off with “Emerald Eyes” (3.37 minutes). The CD insert includes the lyrics of all the songs, which is helpful. This is a Bob Welch song, where Christine McVie does all the verses solo, and there are soft group harmonies on the choruses. It is a slow, plodding thing, which does, however, feature some very nice lead guitar from Bob Weston. It turns out that his contribution to this record is immense. The refrain includes the line “She’s still a mystery to me”, from where the title of the album presumably derives. This opener is not bad, but by no means is it anything special.
Track 2 is “Believe Me” (4.06 minutes). This is a Christine McVie song which starts with a happy piano intro, into which she sings the first line “You got to believe” very softly, but then launches off into a rock extravaganza. Here, the talented Bob Weston provides some splendid slide guitar, which gives the thing a real edge. Towards the end, the song slows down into a majestic cadence. Again, not bad, but nothing special.