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Off The Ground

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  • Audio CD (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00EEPFQ88
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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Digitally remastered reissue of the ninth solo studio album by the legendary Sir Paul McCartney, originally released in 1993. As his first studio album of the 1990s, it is also the follow-up to his acclaimed 1989 endeavor, Flowers in the Dirt. Sir Paul decided to record the album "live in the studio," meaning that the band would rehearse an entire song then record it in one take, instead of recording each vocal track and instrumental track separately. This approach gave a new, raw and direct feel to the work. His increased interest in social issues came to prominence on this album, with the anti-animal cruelty rocker 'Looking for Changes,' or paeans for a better world ('Hope of Deliverance' and 'C'mon People'). This is an important album in the McCartney catalog of music, and is a pivotal addition to all McCartney music collections, and Rock music collections in general.

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1989's "Flowers In The Dirt" was seen as a hard act to follow, given the widespread critical acclaim and the "return to form" label that accompanied it. Critically, "Off The Ground", recorded with Paul's then current touring band (with the exception of drummer Chris Whitten, who was offered a job touring with Dire Straits and was replaced by Blair Cunningham), didn't quite match up to its predecessor. However, it was the first McCartney studio album I bought on the day of release and I happen to think it's much better than it was originally received back in 1993. In fact, I think it's almost entirely excellent and one of Paul's most underrated pieces of work. I loved it at the age of eighteen and now, twenty years later, at thirty-eight, I still love it just as much.

My first encounter with the "Off The Ground" material was hearing "Hope Of Deliverance" on the radio on a cold winter morning in 1992, as I got myself ready for college. The first time I heard it, I wasn't overly sure whether I liked it or not. It sounded a bit almost religious and "happy-clappy" to my seventeen year old ears. I reserved judgement. However, the second time I heard it, it stayed in my head for a ridiculously long time and I was singing the hook for days afterwards. Fast forward a few months and I was in HMV in Birmingham when the in-store DJ announced he had a sneak preview of the Paul McCartney album which was being released the next week. He then proceeded to play the breezy "Peace In The Neighbourhood", which had a great, wandering bass-line, a lovely message and lots of gorgeous jazzy chords which completely blew me away. I was almost salivating when on Monday 2nd February, 1993, I went into HMV in Coventry, bought myself a copy and rushed home to play it. I wasn't disappointed.
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This album suffers compared to 'Flowers' in the same way 'Pipes of Peace' suffers in comparison to 'Tug of War'. Similar production, similar band but somehow the songs don't hit the mark enough to justify a 4 let alone 5 star rating:
Off The Ground There have been worse openers but this is pretty mediocre if we're honest 6/10
Looking For Changes Tiresome song,somewhat saved by a semi-interesting lyric 5/10
Hope of Deliverance Decent pop number and an obvious single, though not exactly top drawer 8/10
Mistress And Maid about the best song here,moving lyric and an interesting melody 9/10
Biker Like An Icon Contender for Paul's worst song ever. Abysmal lyric 1/10
I Owe It All To You Likeable if predictable 7/10
Peace in The Neighbourhood Nice song,nice feel 7.5/10
Golden Earth Girl Good ballad,almost a classic 8.5/10
The Lovers That Never Were The Costello factor once again as on Mistress adds bite to the lyric. Good song 7.5/10
Get Out Of My Way Good rocker, carrying some punch unlike say Angry (1986) or Glad To See You Here (1979).7/10
Wine Dark Open Sea Best song here...marvellous 9/10
Come On People George Martin said 'super song Paul' about this.No, I am afraid, it is pretty dull to be frank 5/10
Cosmically Conscious Too short but I like the melody 7/10

So 3 stars overall, perhaps 3.5 but seeing as half stars are'nt allowed I will round this one down to three. Which contrary to what you may think on Amazon doesn't mean a complete disaster! Some gems here as on all McCartney releases.
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This album has been massively overlooked and underrated by both Paul fans and by critics. It sounds fairly typical overall of it's time but also timeless as it still sounds great when I listen to it now. I shall now give a little commentary on each track from my point of view.

Off The Ground with its cheesy but tongue in cheek music video was well known around the time of its release as a single. It's catchy and fun and easy to like and to sing along to. Its opening especially reminds me of looking at an open road as I start my car and begin to drive.

Looking For Changes is about animal testing and vivisection, asking how we would like it if the tables were turned and these thoughts were still thought quite outlandish at the time, and I also find it sad we have not moved on enough from these barbaric practises. It's catchy and witty with things to make you think.

Hope Of Deliverance is also quite a cheesy video and as for the song it is catchy and was another single around the time of the album's release. It's acoustic, slightly folky and organic as the video tries to stipulate, and it's a nice sentiment.

Mistress And Maid was written with Elvis Costello, who was similar to John Lennon in terms of possessing humour, ascerbic wit, sarcasm and also a heart; this is about how some poor, downtrodden, ill treated housewife feels and it's a brilliant piece of songwriting and musicianship.

I Owe It All To You carries sweet, heartfelt sentiments, although the lyrics are a little outlandish.

Biker Like An Icon, another single, despite being a very cheesy method of rhyming, is also very spot on in terms of the sentiment and story it depicts and I think there is a kind of genius in the title's conception. Very catchy.
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