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  • Audio CD (12 Sept. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone/EMI
  • ASIN: B000AANVZG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard, Paul McCartney’s 20th studio recording since The Beatles, marks an end to a nearly four-year hiatus since his last studio recording, 2001’s platinum certified Driving Rain. The new 13-track album is co-produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Travis and Beck) and McCartney, and was recorded in London and Los Angeles over the course of the past two years

Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard is a return to the basics for McCartney. The album successfully fuses his undeniable song writing talents with his unparalleled musicianship. In fact, McCartney is credited with playing the majority of the instruments on the album, which is somewhat reminiscent of McCartney when he was credited with playing all of the instruments. They include the drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, as well as many of the less traditional instruments such as block flute, harmonium and flugelhorn.

Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard is a mix of up-tempo piano driven McCartney instant classics such as the new single "Fine Line" and "Promise To You Girl" and more introspective darker tracks such as "At The Mercy", "Too Much Rain" and "Riding To Vanity Fair". One of the many highlights is a track entitled, "Jenny Wren", which Paul describes as "daughter of Blackbird", as well as "Follow Me", which McCartney debuted at The Glastonbury Festival, while on his ’04 Summer European Tour.

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Sir Paul is an elder statesman now, but Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard finds McCartney in considered and tastefully restrained form--dignfied and old--penning songs worthy of his finest hour. McCartney crafts this collection of songs with exquisite balance, lining up haunting chimes and heartfelt lyrics ("Riding to Vanity Fair") alongside pounding "Hey Bulldog"-esque chords and eerily Beatles-ish multi-tracked vocals ("Promise to You Girl", "Fine Line") and, most impressively, distinctively new yet timeless gems of songcraft ("Anyway", "Jenny Wren"). Emotionally, the songs on Chaos and Creation manage to avoid being mired in over-sentimentality while retaining a powerful, understated sincerity. Poignant though it is, however, this record is essentially positive and hopeful: Sir Paul's playfulness beams through in his intonation which picks up a line such as "It's not right/In your life/Too much rain" and breathes life and optimism into its words. "English Tea" completes the package, an unrepentantly twee serving of Anglo-nostalgia with recorder.

Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard displays the full range of Sir Paul McCartney's inimitable talent, presenting listeners with one of his finest solo albums. -- Jonathan Davies

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It strikes me as a perennially cruel injustice that Macca (in common with a number of other elder rock figures) is so often dismissed by the lazier variety of music critic as irrelevant, out of touch, past-it, mawkish, or whatever is the dimissive put-down nearest to hand at time of writing. The fact is, even his worst albums have always included three or four classic songs.

Only an individual with the clothiest of cloth ears could listen to Chaos and Creation and fail to be impressed and moved by it. You will struggle to find more than one or two records genuinely as good as it in 2006.

Macca's Achilles heel has always been his tendency to release too much material. Someone once opined that he should have released only about one third as much music as he did, holding back the reams of weaker songs that might have been good enough for most artists, but which were unworthy of a Beatle. Releasing only the very best of his solo compositions would have seen him maintain the Olympean standards set by the Beatles.

The impact of his best work has sometimes been diminished because so much of the material on the same album was weak. A good example is "With a Little Luck" on London Town: a truly great song, well beyond the capability of just about anyone else you care to name. The preceding and following songs on London Town were mediocre at best, and somehow this makes "With a Little Luck" seem less great than it really is. Admittedly, the opposite effect was common on Beatles records. "Oh, Darling" probably seems better than it is for having been on Abbey Road.

Chaos and Creation is excellent from start to finish.
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‘Chaos and Creation in the Backyard’ is a surprisingly sombre album, with opening single Fine Line being one of the more up-tempo tracks on the album. The Lady Madonna-esque rocker Promise To You Girl feels particularly out of place in this regard, while English Tea is the sort of highly melodic tune which will either annoy the listener as being overly twee, or enjoyed as a knowing parody. Away from these three songs the album is surprisingly – and enjoyably - downbeat, and even if the lyrics to a song like This Never Happened Before are positive then the music contains some very dark chords. Obvious Beatles comparisons come with such tracks as the Blackbird-style acoustic track Jenny Wren, or the George Harrison inspired Friends to Come, but for me the highlights include Too Much Rain, At the Mercy, This Never Happened Before and the Spanish-sounding A Certain Softness.
With not a single weak track on the album this is a very strong solo release, and the fact that almost everything is recorded by Paul McCartney himself gives it the sort of home-made charm as his debut solo record. If you’re looking for easy melodic pop songs then this album isn’t for you, instead this is a mature collection of interesting tracks that grow on the listener. Good stuff.
NB: The bonus version with the extra DVD is worthwhile, as this is a good in-depth behind the scenes look at each track on the album, while the Japanese import also contains the bonus track She Is So Beautiful.
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Memo to those who, like me , have been long-term McCartney admirers but who also like me were convinced that any new material would be a mere shadow of the legend's finest achievements : here finally is a piece of work to restore your faith. Few would claim that anything by solo Paul can ever attain the iconic status of his everlasting contribution to the revolutionary music of a certain foursome (and indeed later with the hugely successful Wings), but there really are songs here to revive memories of those uniquely magical years. All tracks stand up remarkably well to the acid test of repeated hearings, not least the simple yet heartfelt "This Never Happened Before" whilst another highlight, "A Certain Softness", will have poignancy for anyone surprised, perhaps even mystified, at just how quickly it's possible to fall in love - or come close. Anti-Macca pundits take a perverted sense of pride in knocking pretty much anything produced by the man post-1970, yet their target is an artist whose longevity, versatility and special talent have yet to be equalled. Almost forty years after the Beatles' final appearance in concert, the author of 'Chaos and Creation in the Backyard' has just embarked on a sold-out tour of the US. As always, his audiences will get to hear what they expect ; but this new album is as much a part of the man they've come to see and worship as the pure gold classics which first drew them in. PS: Make sure you order the special edition with bonus DVD - the music is all the better for having seen how it was put together
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I havn't bought a McCartney album for many years and bought this one because of the great reviews it recieved from the musical critics.
They were dead right. I could go on and on exalting the varous tracks but this would be spoiling it for you. It really is a great album and the dvd is a bonus and worth the extra money. So just go out and buy it. Vintage McCartney at his very best. You won't be disappointed !!!
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