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Nothin' Less Than The Very Best?
on 21 September 2002
No, I'm afraid this is not that. Macca has rarely put a foot wrong in his majestic career but here he delivers to us a haphazard array of garage sale oddities that do little, if anything to complement one another, or guide us through the album's vein, and sadly, do little justice to his mammoth credentials. I hate to criticize the man's music (he is a Genius) but this album left me feeling as flat as a pancake and I had to read the cover again to make sure I was listening to the same man who put out the stunning 'Head Like a Rock', the masterful 'Truth and Beauty' and the glorious 'Merseybeast'.
Ian's mistake has always been trying to prove that he is capable of writing either pop or mor songs. Why he feels the need to do this is beyond me, and apart from being an albeit, sometimes tongue-in-cheek finger up at the pop industry, not only serves to detract from his normally first-class song writing ability, but fails dismally, and doesn't provide us with a notable song in its place. Sadly, he seems to have gone the whole hog on this one and given us too many popesque/mor numbers, which I fear may not be with the aforesaid tongue in the cheek.
The album is not all bad - there are a couple of tracks that rock and take us back to the heydays of 'Blind' and 'If You Want to Defeat Your Enemy...' but I hope that any new takers of his music didn't make this their first purchase.
'Waifs and Strays' would have been a better title for this one.