Have had this album on a loop on my iPod since it came out a couple of months ago. Whilst there's no doubt that 'Memory Almost Full' was a fine album, it was a slight disappointment after the wonders of 'Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard', possibly Macca's strongest album since the Fabs.
'Electric Arguments' raises the bar again. Macca's flirtations with experimental pop have met with varying degrees of success in the past - McCartney II, anyone? - but this album is a cracker from start to finish. Experimental, yet accessible. Rocking out, yet full of the sublime melodies and hooks we've come to expect from the master.
There are numerous highlights, but the standout track for me is 'Dance 'Til We're High', a track that's made me smile again and again as it builds and builds; its joyous refrains will have you tapping your feet, shaking your thing or singing along inappropriately on the tube or bus within a couple of listens.
There's plenty for the more traditional fans - for want of a better expression - to enjoy too.
The man's come in for plenty of criticism over the past couple of decades. Despite his detractors - or in spite of them - he's never stopped trying, never stood still. This album sees him moving into new territories again, but unlike the previous two Fireman albums, completely and triumphantly successfully.
My only criticism is of the fact that this has been released under the 'Fireman' moniker and has, chartwise, underperformed as a result. Make no mistake - this is a Paul McCartney album, and Paul McCartney at his best. Those looking for the 'Frog' song or 'Mull of Kintyre' should look elsewhere. Those looking to hear Macca at his eccentric and brilliant best should buy this now.