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When it's good, it's great; when it's bad, it's terrible.
on 3 February 2004
In common with many a Macca/Wings album, London Town has about a 60% success rate. When it's good, it's better than almost anyone else. When it's bad it's deplorable.
It starts off strongly with the soft-rock title track, and then goes into the harder-edged Cafe on the Left Bank, which is let down slightly by weak lyrics.
I'm Carrying is the kind of simple, transcendently beautiful acoustic song of which McCartney has produced dozens.
Backwards Traveller is unaccountably fascinating, and in my opinion regrettably short, although it does segue nicely into the appealing instrumental Cuff Link.
Children Children (Denny Laine's, I think) is passable, but no more than that.
Girlfriend is a relaxed, highly melodic falsetto number, an exemplary piece of Macca soft rock.
I've Had Enough is one of those anonymous, uptempo, bluesy workouts of which Macca has recorded far too many.
With A Little Luck is the certifiable Macca classic on this album. It is an astonishing recording that I believe contains the highest density of hooks ever in any pop song. It is beautiful, laid back yet tightly performed, perfectly arranged, especially at the false coda that leads to another two minutes of wonderful music...
... and is followed by an example of McCartney at his worst: Famous Groupies is a sea-shanty monstrosity that should never have seen the light of day.
Deliver Your Children (another one of Denny Laine's?) is okay, though again comes across as a bit anonymous. Perhaps I just haven't given it enough of a chance.
Name and Address: See "I've Had Enough"
Don't Let It Bring You Down is a wonderful, downbeat song, another instance of Macca at his best.
The hard-edged intro to the closer, Morse Moose, gives the impression that a good song is about to start. However, it soon descends into grating whimsy. Like Cafe On the Left Bank, this could have been enjoyable had the lyrics been stronger.