Tuesday 26 September 2017

Album Review: Paul McCartney - McCartney * * * *

John Meagher

John Meagher

John Lennon, at his nastiest, dismissed McCartney as a sentimental fool. It's easy to see why when one considers Macca's solo debut from 1970 -- newly remastered and with a bonus CD: this gentle, down-to-earth collection harks back to a simpler time as well as giving the listener an insight into rock's most enduring marriage.

It's said that Paul and Linda only spent one night apart in all the years they were together (brought to a shuddering end when Linda died of cancer). A handful of tracks remain as slight, mawkish even, as they were when first released, especially opener My Lovely Linda, which is little more than a wistful lullaby. But a number of the tracks are among the greatest Paul ever wrote.

Maybe I'm Amazed remains one of the most affecting love songs ever, while Junk -- originally written for the Beatles' Abbey Road album -- showcases McCartney's astonishing songwriting abilities in the late 60s.The more experimental, McCartney II, from 1980, has received the remastering treatment but it's nowhere near as lovely as this.

Burn it: Junk; Maybe I'm Amazed

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