4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Interesting, good in parts, but not up there with the four and five star albums he has produced.,
This review is from: McCartney II (Audio CD)
This is a curate's egg of an album and I have mixed feelings about it.
As he did after the breakup of the Beatles when he home-produced the great 'McCartney', Paul went home after Wings folded and produced this by himself, with the instruments plugged directly into the tape machine. It has that home-produced feel to it and there are tracks that sound, frankly, a bit rough. There are others, though, that are very good. So bear that in mind if you decide to buy this: it is quite idiosyncratic.
The album starts with 'Coming up' - an infectious rhythm and a catchy tune. Some people say that this side of Macca is lightweight and silly. The thing is, though, I challenge anyone to listen to it and then not have it in his / her head for the rest of the day. Once heard, never forgotten.
'Temporary Secretary' is one of those tracks that I like or dislike according to the mood I am in. 'Waterfalls' is a ballad that could have benefitted from higher production standards and a string backing, I reckon. A good melody though.
In all honesty, though some people love this album, I don't rate this as one of McCartney's best. Much of it is McCartney nurdling on his instruments at home to see what might evolve. But a Maccanurdle is better than most, so this album has its moments and it is worth owning and playing occasionally. I revisited it recently and found myself enjoying it more than I remembered.
It's interesting and it's certainly good in parts, but it's not, by any stretch of the imagination, up there with the four and five star albums he has produced. Three stars for this one.