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Singalong and Junk,
This review is from: Mccartney (Audio CD)
Appearing just before 'Let It Be', this was McCartney's first solo album which he produced himself and rush-released. The album seems to have been constructed around four real songs which are actually somewhere in the league of The Beatles even if their production isn't. However, these classics are padded out with the most obvious of filler material: half-written doodles, general "experimentation", and no less than five instrumentals. And the instumentals are not a drastic new direction, either; merely jams or tunes too forgettable to merit marriage with words.
The highlights are wonderful, though: 'Every Night' sees McCartney almost fit into the confessional songwriter mode where he explores his directionless malaise following the split of the world's greatest group; 'Junk', virtually unchanged since the "Beatles" version that later appeared on 'Anthology 3', features one of his most beautiful melodies which is really saying something (it reappears later in the album without the vocal as 'Singalong Junk' for no apparent reason); 'Teddy Boy' was also good enough to get tried with The Beatles; and 'Maybe I'm Amazed' is probably the finest composition of his solo career.
Ultimately, the impact of the great songs is lessened when watered-down with such careless junk as 'Kreen-Akrore' or 'Oo You'. But this remains one of McCartney's better albums and would've made an ideal five-star EP, if EPs had not gone out of fashion by the end of the sixties. The lesson here is to leave the experiments off the album and wait until you have a full album's worth of songs as good as 'Every Night' or 'Maybe I'm Amazed'. Now, that would be something.