Paul McCartney goes to the Loudness War. But does he win?
Dance Tonight [McCartney]
Ukulele impromptu tune for parties and balls and family gatherings. The verses are a tribute to the flavourlessness of modern pop.
Ever Present Past [McCartney]
The song that Nigel Godrich defined as "crap" in front of his astonished author during the Chaos and Creation sessions. He wasn't that wrong. Echoes of Getting Better staccato guitar and a vile refrain.
See Your Sunshine [McCartney]
An irritating vocal jingle introduces us to a world of joyful soppiness, although with a very talkative bass. Best part: the variation led by a delicious marching piano in Martha My Dear style.
Only Mama Knows [McCartney]
He's still got it, after all. A piercing refrain, a dramatic intro, a sharp riff and some of his most desperate lyrics.
You Tell Me [McCartney]
Slow and brooding, about the past, with a fragile, high-pitched, senile voice.
Mr. Bellamy [McCartney]
Very creative, sad, funny and imaginative piece. It's a Paul "thumbs up" McCartney song in which the main character is contemplating suicide.
Incredible intensity through his creaking senile voice, in this gospel like song with a formidable raucous acute in the middle-eight.
Vintage Clothes [McCartney]
Would be very good sung by Ringo.
That Was Me [McCartney]
It's probably ok, with good lyrics, but I don't like it.
Feet In The Clouds [McCartney]
Reminds of Lennon's You Are Here, only with a robotic polyphonic break.
House of Wax [McCartney]
Poor man's Crime Of The Century [by Supertramp], with horror hues and mysterious lyrics.
The End Of The End [McCartney]
A humble, poetic and powerful piano ballad about his own death. Looks like that even as a corpse, he'll be able to keep his thumbs up. A bit on the syrupy side.
Nod Your Head [McCartney]
A enjoy-your-life song with horror, disquieting music. Which doesn't make it very persuading.
In Private [McCartney]
Not particulary involving guitar-based instrumental.
Why So Sad [McCartney]
Substantial song that would have improved the album if included in the official tracklist, replacing, for example, one of the first three songs.
Cool jazz instrumental.