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This review is from: Kisses On The Bottom (Deluxe Edition Digipack) (Audio CD)
People may roll there eyes or say that McCartney is "pulling a Rod Stewart" with this release but it is nothing of the sort. The types of songs he is singing on the album are more likely to bring to mind the roaring 20's and the 30's than the 50's or 60's. This kind of music has been in his blood since his childhood and can be heard in Beatles classics such as "Honey Pie" and "When I'm Sixty-Four" and Wings songs such as "You Gave Me The Answer" and "Baby's Request". (a version of this song is a bonus track on the album) McCartney is in very fine voice on this album, the best I've heard from him in a while actually. Some people may say, "But his voice isn't as good as it was when he was younger!" but for a nearly 70 year old man who has been recording for almost 50 years it is quite remarkable! Diane Krall and her band do a brilliant job on this album as do the contributions from Eric Clapton and Stevie Wonder.
He gives a great sense of emotion to the songs and if you like this type of music performed with integrity and an understanding of the songs pick this up! Just be warned that this is not Paul's usual pop/rock album fare. I'll leave you with this quote from the great music producer Quincy Jones on this album:
"The songs Paul chose for Kisses on the Bottom are songs I've heard and loved since I was a kid. I sat with Paul backstage at the first concert of his recent tour and had the privilege of listening to the entire record. These are some of the best songs ever written, and it takes a very special talent to bring them to light. Paul didn't bring 1/8th notes with him to these songs; he knows how to swing like the old school or Sinatra used to say, "he's in the pocket." There is simply no artist today who has the credibility, grace, and depth of character that Paul has. Our 49-year-relationship goes back to before The Beatles came to America and I love that Paul has taken the time to do this album. I've heard a lot of records covering these songs, but none of them have the authenticity that Paul's has." Quincy Jones.