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Not McCartney at his very best, but some good stuff.
on 3 April 2016
One of the problems with the Beatles as individuals is they didn't have an equal partners to curb their excesses in their new bands. London Town is an exemplar of this. McCartney is one of the finest rock and pop writers alive today, but he does have a tendency to give into his twee urges. The title track is a case in point. It's a good song, marred only by excessively quaint interludes, which I suppose were put in to add colour to a song that really doesn't need them. The highpoint of the album is "With a little luck", which unsurprisingly is the most Beatle-ish song. Sadly the foothills around it have few peaks, with "I've had enough", "Name and address", "Don't let it bring you down" and "Morse Moose and the Grey Goose" being the standout extras to With a Little Luck's sublime excellence. The only question between me and buying this album is, are these few sufficient to overcome the truly awful "Girlfriend", the absolutely execrable "Famous Groupies" and the leaden, uninteresting remainder. I've decided they are. This isn't McCartney at his best, but some of it is really good.