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This review is from: McCartney II (Audio CD)
I love Macca and think he was the most talented of the Beatles, but if you compare what Lennon was doing at this time- releasing sublime songs such as 'woman' and 'just like starting over' and compare them to the crap on this release, you know who had the last say before Lennon died.
'Coming up' is a meandering and tuneless little pop song that I grew to like after continuous listens, but has little to recommend it as a song. (the video is really cool though, love the Sparks impersonations!!)
The only good songs are 'Waterfalls' which also has a nice video and a beautiful melody. 'Summers day song' has a gorgeous climaxing melody and 'one of these days' would be n excellent end to any album.
But the rest is garbage. A couple of shallow and tuneless rockers on either side of waterfalls, that I could have come up with ina few minutes. Nothing to commend 'on my way' or 'nobody knows'. 'Darkroom' is horrible and why does Paul always have to write a stupid song like 'bogey music'. The title tells you what you need to know. Stupid experimentation on the voice. (in almost every track and it never works.) Sounds like a far far worse version of 'famous groupies' from 1978.
The worst song has to be 'temporary secretary'. The chorus will leave you cringing it is so bad. An awful number.
As for the bonus tracks, 'Goodnight tonight' is great, but just does not belong on this album, it should be on 'back to the egg'. 'Secret friend' has a kind of hynotic effect and is relaxing, but at 10:30 these is self indulgence, even for a b-side. At 3:00 it would not have been so bad. As for 'check my machine', the bass line sounds like grange hill and the actual 'song' is, in my opinion, one of the worst songs by Sir Paul ever. Absoultuely dreadful.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2009 21:02:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Dec 2009 21:03:30 GMT
I Have Seen the Fnords says:
"Check My Machine" is exactly what it says on the packet, it is Paul checking out the equipment in his, then, brand new home studio. It is a lark, 6 minutes of silliness, a b side (of "Waterfalls"). By calling it "one of the worst songs by Sir Paul (RAOFL) ever" is to miss the point by several hundred miles...
As for "Bogey Music" being stupid, well he wrote it for his kids didn't he? Kids like stupid songs. I mean how many other singer songwriters write songs for their children? You probably don't like "We All Stand Together" either do you?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2010 22:11:09 GMT
D. Moses says:
Wrong! I love 'We all stand together'.
Posted on 24 Mar 2014 12:54:08 GMT
R. Murray says:
You are having a laugh if you think Woman and Just Like Starting Over are comparable to some of Lennon's earlier solo work! Both songs are terrible!
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