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Cut Him Some Slack!,
This review is from: New (Audio CD)
Update 30/01/14 - Macca has just won the "Rock Song of the Year 2013" award at the grammy's for "Cut Me Some Slack" which is performed with the ex Nivarna band members. It can be found on the "Sound City - Reel to Reel" album which is a mixture of artists writing songs and performing with the ex Nirvana band (Stevie Nicks is pretty good too!)
Cut Me Some Slack is one of his best "Magical" songs and fits nicely after Appreciate on a remix of this album. Since my first review I also have to admit that "Early Days" is a classic and has now joined the "Magical Tune" section. This is a very good album that warrants repeat plays and if you cheat (like me!) and add the grammy winner it upgrades the album to 4.5 stars and one of his best even if "On My Way To Work" is still frustrating the life out of me as it should also have been a classic!
Original review - This is a pleasant Macca album (Forget paying for the 3 bonus deluxe tracks though) and we should not compare everything to his many finest moments so cut him some slack!
But my Beatle influence theory takes a knock here. After working on the Beatles Anthology the superb Flaming Pie followed. Then many more Beatle tunes found their way into live concerts and the excellent Chaos & Creation, Memory Almost Full and Electric Arguments followed. So what has happened after Good Evening New York City!
The above albums were packed with those unique Beatle "Magical Tunes" and the reason a star is dropped here is simply the missing Magical Tunes. This is best summed up by "On My Way to Work" and "New". The former had the potential of "We Can Work It Out" but loses itself midway through and an annoying guitar blasts in which sounds out of place. "New" though a trademark catchy tune likewise just falls short of finding that extra spark.
The ballads "Early Days" and "Hosanna" have promise but fall just short of the quality of "Somedays", "End of The End", Heaven On A Sunday", or "Jenny Wren". Likewise there is nothing of the quality of "That Was Me", "Young Boy", "Dance Till We're High", "Only Mamma Knows ""Highway" or "Light From Your Lighthouse" etc.
Yet compared to other artists you have to admire the master craftsman at work here and an album that is still going to give much pleasure as he has the skill to make average songs good and dodgy songs into decent fillers. It does sound disjointed with the 4 producers and the album lacks a purpose and feel compared too much of his work. Save Us is a decent opening rocker and there are several catchy "7 out of 10" songs such as Alligator and Queenie Eye as well as the songs mentioned above. Fans will enjoy this but it is not a going to be considered a classic - just very good.
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Initial post: 22 Oct 2013 14:23:13 BDT
S. J. Blackwood says:
Many already do consider it a classic. I think "Early Days" for Instance is as good as "Somedays" (Another song I like) , but reminds me more of "The Songs We Were Singing".
"Queenie Eye" is the best single he has made in years , closely followed by "New" . A "Classic" is in the eye of the beholder I supposse ...
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 10:03:30 BDT
Rock Man says:
Agreed S.J.B - "Early Days" has been growing on me with every listen and may make that "Magical List" yet but it is personal choice as you say! Not sure its quite "Somedays" quality which is arguably his finest ever ballard - only held back from single status when Linda lost her cancer battle I think - a nice tribute? (it was reported as being written in the car in a couple of hours spent outside the cancer clinic) I like "The Songs We Were Singing" as well. "Queenie Eye" reminds me a bit of "Let Em In" in its quirkyness and is also "Getting Better All The Time" with each listen - I think it could be an ideal song for 20/20 cricket - O.U.T your OUT OUT! I did give the album 4 stars - it may be 4.5 in a few weeks but I don't see it reaching classic status if I am honest as there are a few weak tracks although he is so good at extracting the best out of them.
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