Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Paul McCartney: "McCartney" and "McCartney II" reissues
A decade later, after years recording and touring with Wings, Paul returned to solo recording and "McCartney II". The insanely catchy ditty "Coming Up" landed him a #1 hit, and the album was a bit of a commercial return for him. But the material was still very basic and generally uninspired. The synthesizer experiments on "Temoprary Secretary" resulted in a ghastly novelty number that Paul inexplicably released as the album's 3rd single. "On My Way" - with Paul's plodding drums - sounds barely a demo. It's a strangely soulless album with an aura of purposelessness. Very little inspiration here - it all sounds routine. There are a few positive moments, but generally speaking "McCartney II" is only for the completists. At least it sounds good - these reissues have been done with care and are a definite improvement on what has previously been available.