Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Paul's McCartney

Recorded at home by himself while coming to grips with the demise of The Beatles, McCartney is a casual derivation of his solo career. It has neither the breadth of All Things Must Pass nor the purity of Plastic Ono, and for fans and the press who were expecting a home run, this was a bunt.

Unfairly savaged at the time of release for not being Sgt. Pepper 2, McCartney's solo debut is a charmingly scrappy collection of casually-formed tunes, mostly played on acoustic guitar with only the occasional backup vocal from Linda. To say that it lacks consistency, despite the presence of several killer songs (most notably "Maybe I'm Amazed", which, had it been on a Beatles record, we'd now be talking about as a classic) is to miss the point: it's likable because it lacks polish and slickness. In the age of digital recording (my son does his music production sitting in his old MG at 3am), it's hard to imagine how difficult it must have been to set up and record the effort with such precision (such as it is). Paul, of course, is so talented that his doodling ("That Would Be Something") is better than most artist's best work. A fascinating album- the low points ("Kreen-Akrore", "Singalong Junk") are still interesting and add significantly to the atmosphere. "Maybe I'm Amazed", of course, is probably Paul's best song as a solo artist. The album made it to No. 1 on Billboard and in Canada, and No. 2 in the U.K. Most will consider it the first legitimate solo LP from an ex-Beatle.

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