KILN HOUSE was released at a critical juncture for Fleetwood Mac; leader Peter Green had left the band, and guitarist/vocalists Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan were left to pick up the slack. Fortunately, they took the ball and ran with it, taking the opportunity to move beyond the blues-based sound of the group's Green-era work.
American roots influences still abound, as on the rockabilly-styled "This is the Rock" and the 3/4-time country tune "Blood on the Floor," but on "Jewel-Eyed Judy" and others, the band moves towards a more progressive, early-'70s British rock sound. The twin guitars and songcraft of Kirwan and Spencer are the driving force behind KILN HOUSE, an album that marked the beginning of an important new chapter in Fleetwood Mac's history.
Rolling Stone (11/26/70, p.38) - "...KILN HOUSE...is a venture that would make [Buddy] Holly and [Gene] Vincent unabashedly proud as godparents to the album..."
Q (7/93, p.106) - 2 Stars - Average - "...an odd mixture, alternating between Spencer's rock'n'roll and country pastiches (plus one charmingly gentle love song) and Kirwan's exploratory blues-derived material, with its pleasing discipline and incisive guitar work..."