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Memory Almost Full

Paul McCartney

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Like his previous best (Flowers In the Dirt, Tug of War, Band On the Run and even the shaggy glories of Ram) McCartney succeeds here by rising to a confluence of challenges that seem variously personal, artistic and/or professional. Writing from the perspective of an age (64) where Sgt. Pepper once famously found him wondering if anyone would still need — or feed — him, there’s an understandable sense of the elegiac at work in songs like “That Was Me,” “Ever Present Past” and “Vintage Clothes.” Crucially, MaCartney’s not taken his melodic knack for granted here, retrenching it in the restless sense of genre dabbling that’s always been the creative thread connecting his best work — inside or outside the Fabs. “Feet In the Clouds,” “House of Wax,” “The End of the End,” and “Nod Your Head” find him underscoring that notion with a most diverse and rewarding final quarter.  A decade ago, at a time when McCartney-bashing was the critic's fashion, colleague Van Dyke Parks opined that some of Mac's best work could yet lay ahead of him; turns out it was a wise bet.

Customer Reviews

Great Album, But Why No iPlus?

This review is based on my listening to a Starbucks copy, I'm not gonna download this at 128k with DRM on here. Other than the obvious aging of the voice (not a bad thing most of the time), this album has at least 6 real Macca gems. Dance Tonight - Rocky Racoon and Mull of Kintyre "ish" with nice mandolin overlay. Ever Present Past - begging for a dance mix, lots of synth with biting rhythm guitar; excellent track. Only Mama Knows - sounds great, lyrically a little weak except for the chorus (think 1976 Wings). Mr. Bellamy - eclectic but my 2nd favorite song on here, love the bridge but the vocals are a stretch for Macca's voice, nice backing strings. Vintage Clothes - My favorite song on MAF; great lyrics, nice chord changes, best Macca song in ~25 years (my opinion). End of the End - I like this just because of the lyrical content, nice subtle backing to the piano, thought provoking song. Make this available in iPlus and I will download it immediately ...

Remarkable follow up to Chaos and Creation.

MAF (Memory Almost Full) is a remarkable follow up to Chaos and Creation because this album was begun in 2003 and picked up and finished off after Chaos, not a simple thing to do. But, nevertheless, here's the real lowdown on MAF; On the first listen you may not like this album. There are too many styles of music here and if you listen to it all the way through the first time you're likely to feel that the album has no direction, you brain having to readjust too often... but take it from me, on your second listen, and forver after, MAF will become one of your favorite Macca albums. The album starts off with the cute ditty, Dance Tonight. A catchy tune written when Macca pick up a new mandoline, such is the genius of this incredible songwriter. Track four, Only Mama Knows, harkens back to Band on the Run's "Jet", feels like the song was written at the same time, you'll love it. Macca rocks out on House on Wax, and closes the album out with another catchy, Nod you Head, I guess a way to let fans know that Macca doing fine, not to worry. (But honestly, The End of the End is a heartbreaker of a song, one of the most revealing he's ever written post-Beatles) and I suppose he wanted listeners to walk away from this NOT having "End" being the last thing you hear, so he puts on a fun little ditty. Now, personally, the song "Gratitude" starts off absloutely terribly, with Macca reciting the word gratitude a few times...but once he gets through that little mess the song is strong. However, this is the least-good on the album. MAF will be a big seller for many reasons, not the least of which is that musically, its the best album released this year, and many Macca fans are spreading the word to a new generation of listeners. If you have the slightlest urge to pick up a new album on iTunes this should be the one you get. If you're reading this you are either a Macca fan, or Beatles fan, if you're a fan of either there are plenty on this album to satisfy. Buy it, you'll be glad you did.

Flawless Performance on Under Par Songs

I am a lifelong McCartney fan. I start out expecting to love everything he's done and I'm only rarely disappointed. This is one of those times. I listened seven or eight times before writing this so I'd have every opportunity to grow into the songs, as I did with "Chaos and Creation" and so many before it. The good news: Sir Paul has never sounded better in terms of musicianship and vocals. This album has the energy of a twenty year old. The production and arrangements are flawless. The problem is with the songs themselves. Aside from "Dance Tonight" and "Ever Present Past", which are pretty infectious and fun, where are the characteristic McCartney melodies? They are barely present, if at all. This album has left me wondering if, after this amazing length of time, the greatest rock composer of all time has finally run dry. I hope not because he's at peak performance.

Biography

Born: June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Out of all the former Beatles, Paul McCartney by far had the most successful solo career, maintaining a constant presence in the British and American charts during the '70s and '80s. In America alone, he had nine number one singles and seven number one albums during the first 12 years of his solo career. Although he sold records, McCartney never attained much critical respect, especially when compared to his former partner, John Lennon. Then again, he pursued a different path than Lennon, deciding...
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