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on 17 October 2007
This is no doubt a good record. And if you're a McCartney fan, then, judgung by the other reviews, you will give it 4 or 5 stars. I am not a McCartney fan, and only know a little of his repertoire.
So, for me, the cd has some good songs on it, which can be mainly described as "pleasant", with catchy tunes that can (irritatingly?) linger in your head.
There are no standard-setting songs, but then nowadays(and i mean nowadays!) you don't expect that from PM.
As a previous reviewer said, there are a couple of blues jams on which are completely meaningless and boring - and should not have made it onto the final product.
Contrary to another reviewer i actually quite liked "beautiful nights" which has a strong Jeff Lynne/ELO feel to it; there is another song with Jeff Lynne's mark on it: again, one of the better songs.
Great to have 2 almost purely acoustic songs:Calico skies and Great Day, the latter being my favourite track, it is the last on the album.
Strange, that for me, a non-connoisseur of PM, that from this one record I am unable to determine the Paul McCartney style: different songs remind you of different influences. For instance, one of those bad blues songs seems to me a take on Mick Jagger; I already mentioned ELO; Great Day is vaguely reminiscent of blues players like Stephen Stills.
Probably the title song is most clearly in the Paul McCartney style, a jaunty song with some clever barroom piano and a meaningless lyric.It is probably a compliment to his musical talent (which is undoubted) that he can't be pinned down (but then Bob Dylan has a huge talent and he most certainly can be!).
Good enough to listen to in the car on your way to work.