Rock a Little is the most uneven of Stevie's Nicks solo albums. There are a variety of different producers on the disc which is probably responsible for this. In addition, a large portion of these songs were not written by Stevie, which is very unusual for her.
The album starts out with what I consider one of her strongest songs ever, I Can't Wait. The song really rocks out and in a career full of so many slow songs it really stands out. Her vocals on the song are great and sound really raw. Another highlight is Talk to Me, which is probably best described as a ballad with a beat. These two songs were the big hits off the album, constantly being played on the radio and MTV in the eighties.
The album also has a few other great songs that casual fans might not be aware of. I Sing for the Things is one of her most intimate songs and her vocals on it are beautiful. Her voice has changed a lot over the years, and I feel that this song really displays it at its peak, raspy yet beautiful. The lyrics are nice and revealing, sung over a sparse instrumental track. The title song, Rock a Little, is similar in nature but with a bid of a modern edge to it.
This is probably one of Stevie's most interesting albums. It features some of her most commercial sounding songs (like Talk to Me) alongside songs that are decidedly uncommercial (like Rock a Little). It would have been a stronger album, in my opinion if there was more of a cohesiveness to it all, but it is still worth listening to as most of the songs are quite good.