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Nice songs, shame about the album,
This review is from: Wings At The Speed Of Sound (Audio CD)
This album was one of the biggest selling albums of the 70's, amazingly. Released at the peak of Wings' popularity, it featured two very big hit songs that stand as the best thing on here. To say this was a somewhat bland trough that they had fallen into would be unfair as Wings had spent much of 1975 on tour, and this album simply stands as a means to give them more tour material.
Let Em In is a daft yet catchy song in which Paul namechecks most of his family, it has a somewhat hypnotic quality to it. The Note You Never wrote is symptomatic of one of the albums major flaws. Paul in trying to make Wings a "proper" band gave its other band members a vocal slot. This songs is a perfectly good McCartney song that most fans would rather have him sing. That said Denny does a presentable job with it.
Shes my Baby is another catchy pop song that hits all the right notes without actully doing much, but its lyrics are daft as any Paul has written comparing his baby to gravy?
Beware My Love is a fine mid 70's rock song with a searing vocal from Paul, and Jimmy McCulloch's Wino Junko is one of the other band members more presentable efforts.
Silly Love Songs is the best song on the album, a great melodic bass line, and some wonderful harmoic interchanges between Paul and Linda. It was a smash single in 1976 and probably the reason the album sold so well.
Cook Of The House is sung by Linda and has a 30's throwback feel to it. Time To Hide was written by Denny and the pair of songs back to back are neither bad nor good, just album filler.
Must Do Something About It is sung by the drummer Joe Englis, but it could really have done with Pauls intervention. Sann Ferry Anne is yet more filler, but Warm & Beautiful is one of Pauls finest melodies throughout the whole period.
The extra songs on the re-masters arent great, although Sally G is a B-Side that acts as a fine stab at country music, and was recorded in Nashville.
This is an album that is so inoffensive it almost becomes annoying. Its not a bad album, but there is nothing that grabs the listener. Its all catchy pop music, but as far as Pauls talents go it underacheives.
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Initial post: 17 May 2009 22:01:29 BDT
Ms. Felicia Davis-burden says:
With all respect to Linda, I really wish Cook of the house hadn't been on the album.
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