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Chaos and Creation In the Backyard

Paul McCartney

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By employing Nigel Godrich—a producer who insists on putting his stamp on each record he works on, as he’s done with Radiohead and Beck—Paul McCartney made a conscious attempt to collaborate from a different angle than the usual songwriting partnership. This is a collaboration in sound. McCartney plays most of the instruments here, but it’s Godrich who organizes the arrangements; he recasts McCartney’s natural pop instincts in swelling tides of sound. “How Kind of You” slowly builds on minor rumbles and keyboards that sustain long past their usual points until an impenetrable wall of sound is built and the vocals drop away, leaving the bass guitar to subtly add the melodic counterpoint. “Jenny Wren” is a “Mother Nature’s Son”–type acoustic ballad that’s been updated with a wider, weirder vocal effect and the use of an Armenian woodwind that gives the song an exotic lift. These types of touches reoccur throughout the album. “Riding to Vanity Fair” elicits thoughts of space travel. Godrich also seems to have challenged McCartney to keep the material uniformly strong.

Customer Reviews

The Best of the Best

This has to be, in my opinion, the greatest album Paul McCartney has released in his career. Its full range of emotions from the uppity "Fine Line", and the melancholy "Riding To Vanity Fair" to the flat out silly "English Tea" Paul outdid himself (which is an accomplishment in itself.) It's a real shame that he didn't write this music in the 70's or 80's when this style was really appreciated by the masses, for it is completely underrated today and nearly every song should have been a chart topper, when instead people like Ke$ha and Justin Beiber take total popular control. “Fine Line” is his greatest work since the Beatles in my opinion, it never fails to lift my mood; then there’s the almost Harrison style “Friends To Go” which has me singing along every time. Even the lesser songs of this album are works of art, such as “How Kind Of You” and “At The Mercy” though not as sensational as “Fine Line” still uphold the McCartney Standard. I give this album a solid 10,000 star rating!!!

Impossible to skip a track

This is among my top ten albums. McCartney plays all the instruments on every single track. I watched on TV "Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road" where he plays this album live at the Abbey Road Studio and I wish they could make it avaliable for download on iTunes. Excellent stuff!

Great Cd

One of Paul McCartney's best cd's. It's right up there with Band on the Run, Ram and Tug of War.

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