For the last few months I have been on a Macca jag. After years of being turned off by his creative low point in the 1980s I have finally embraced his late period renaissance. With 2005's Chaos and Creation In The Backyard I felt that he was again at the top of his game, writing some of his most personal lyrics and lovely rainy day melodies. That album is anything but a rock'n'roll album but I love it dearly nonethless.
His follow up release, which consisted mostly of songs started before "Creation", was Memory Almost Full. Fellow blogger Tim mentioned to me that it is a fine album but for some reason I never jumped on board. Until now. I just picked up a used copy of the deluxe release. On my way home from the record store I listened in stunned amazement. This album rocks like nothing he has done in ages. Why I waited seven years to dip my toe is due to a nagging fear that Paul could not keep up the high quality of it's predecessor. Well I was wrong.
Perhaps the most Wings'ish sounding tune he has written since that band's demise is Only Mama Knows. Not only does it rock like all get out, but it has a killer hook in the chorus, and when the harmonies kick in the last time around it sends shivers down my spine. That a man in his sixties could write a power pop classic is a true testament to his inate sense of melody and skill at songwriting.
I just bought "New" so expect reports shortly.
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