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Enough to make you forget the Beatles...!
on 31 May 2001
One of perhaps five essential albums Paul has made since leaving the Beatles, Tug of War was the first time McCartney had worked with George Martin since those heady times, and he rose to the occasion by producing an album that included some of his best tunes (with or without the other fab three) and his most concise lyrics.
Those who are annoyed by McCartneys tendency not to take himself seriously will not be impressed by the mildly ingratiating Ballroom Dancing, and Ebony and Ivory is a track whose trite sentiment is simplistic in the extreme.
But the pleasures on this album are to be found elsewhere, the fantastic production of the title track, the heartfelt hymn to Lennon 'Here Today', and the excellent 'Pound is Sinking' a track who's multiple parts remind one of a lower key Band on The Run or Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.
But these all pale into insignificance compared with 'Wanderlust', a song so breathtakingly beautiful that it will leave you literally speechless. In my opinion his finest post Beatles song, it counterpoints two contrasting melodies to incredible effect. In fact it may make you want to go and single handedly take issue with all those people who claim that McCartney was a spent force after the Beatles. It's that good - you may even forgive him for Ebony and Ivory...