"Jenny Wren" is one of many standout tracks from McCartney's new album CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD. I'm tired of all the critics screaming that "Jenny Wren" is another "Blackbird." It's a darn good track, but I'd rather see this new single stand on its own credentials, which it is more than capable of doing. The lyrics are great and the instrumentation sparse...typical McCartney traits when he does this style of song. Surely one of the finest songs he has written in the last 20 years, and that's no joke.
What's even more impressive, however, are the quality of the McCartney b-sides from this album. "Comfort of Love", the b-side to first single "Fine Line," was a track that was fully realized and surely had to be a candidate for the album's final running order.
The two b-sides found on this single, "I Want You To Fly" and "This Loving Game," are great little tracks. The latter song is definitely a b-side but still very enjoyable, but "I Want You To Fly" could have definitely been the album closer if the song "Anyway" wasn't so strong in and of itself. "I Want You To Fly" definitely has a 'Sgt. Pepper'-like feel in its piano and vocal echoes, and the overall take is very atmospheric and airy---presumably influenced by producer Nigel Godrich, known for working with Beck and Radiohead.
I really enjoyed this and only purchased this single (and the album's first single) because of my complete satisfaction with the album. I'm glad I have all these ace b-sides to add to my playlist now.
(Bonus promotional poster included.)