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Driving Rain

Paul McCartneyAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)

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It is the eternal question for an artist of Paul McCartney’s stature: what next? What next when you have… well, that list of achievements, with even the long-touted standards album now ticked off with last year’s ‘Kisses On The Bottom’, hardly needs re-iterating. On one level, you might reasonably think that in terms of awards, honours, sales figures, shows and ... Read more in Amazon's Paul McCartney Store

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  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005QK3W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (334 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lonely Road
2. From A Lover To A Friend
3. She's Given Up Talking
4. Driving Rain
5. I Do
6. Tiny Bubble
7. Magic
8. Your Way
9. Spinning On An Axis
10. About You
11. Heather
12. Back In The Sunshine Again
13. Your Loving Flame
14. Riding Into Jaipur
15. Rinse The Raindrops
16. Freedom

Editorial Reviews

Paul McCartney's ability to rise to a challenge has been one of the least appreciated aspects of his artistically speckled post-Beatles career. Having exorcized a few personal demons and historic rock & roll ghosts on his previous, mostly obscure covers collection, Run, Devil Run, this marks Mac's first full album of new songs since the passing of his wife, Linda. Gratifyingly, it's also by turns mature, musically restless, and personally reflective--and ultimately an album that stands alongside Tug of War and Flowers in the Dirt as one of his best solo efforts. Informed by David Kahne's warmly low-key yet gritty production and McCartney's still formidable pipes, there are few traces of the candy-ass pop and precious sentiment that have long vexed fans and detractors alike. Even the jaunty title track (with its "1-2-3-4-5" chorus recalling the Fabs' "All Together Now") seems infused with a welcome edge. There's a renewed sense of emotional connection throughout, reflected in efforts that seem to address his own personal tragedy (the unsettled "Lonely Road," melancholy "From a Lover to a Friend," and plaintive "I Do"). And then there's the quietly haunting "She's Given Up Talking" and the bluesy irony of "Back in the Sunshine Again" and "Rinse the Raindrops." It all revolves around a bittersweet, hard-won sense of hope; the bright, neoclassical "Heather" pays tribute to his new love with an elegant, "Abbey Road"-worthy instrumental prologue that builds to a single brief verse of playfully heartfelt prose. That track and the seductive Eastern motifs of "Riding into Jaipur" (with its even more succinct verbiage) also underscore a feeling that Mac's best musical instincts and artistic curiosity are far from dormant. The CD includes the bonus live track "Freedom," his simple anthem to the events of September 11, 2001, and their historic aftermath. The man who once sang "All You Need Is Love" is now ready to "fight for the right to freedom"; the times have indeed been a- changin'. --Jerry McCulley

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Paul McCartney and Wings Driving Rain UK CD album

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Only Paul Was a Nobody... December 4, 2001
By Tom
Format:Audio CD
...maybe then people we would be able to listen to an album open minded. But, Paul is Paul, John Lennon's partner, founder of Wings, a friggin BEATLE for God's's hard not to expect too much.
Yet, this album is good enough anyway. If Paul had produced his last two albums incognito, (I am thinking about "Flaming Pie" and "Driving Rain" here) and suddenly died, reviewers the world over would be lamenting the forshortened career of an under apreciated artist. But this is Paul McCartney, and everything is judged by Penny Lane and Revolver. Not gonna happen. Can't...this isn't the 60's and none of us are removing the sleepy dew of the 50's from our eyes.
So, on its own, this is a great album.
Like Jagger, Paul attempts to cover a number of musical genres here, but Paul's effort feels a little less forced. contrary to most expectations, this album isn't 64 minutes of Paul bemoaning Linda's death. "Lonely Road" clearly gets that job done, and rather ably at that.
There is a darkness to this album, lacking the silliness of "Press to Play" or the rawness of "Flaming Pie," but maybe that's its strength. Paul plays with a small 4 or 5 piece group for most of this album, staying away from his proclivity for massive over production.
Overall this is a hip, modern sounding album - with a refreshingly minimalist feel. It's also very good.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Back In The Sunshine Again November 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ladies and gentlemen, meet James Paul McCartney. Following his nine-year recording stint with the Band Of The Century, he pursued a solo career that yielded two classic albums (Band On The Run and Tug Of War) and three pretty damn good ones (McCartney, Ram, and Venus & Mars). And the rest? For the most part, each new arrival featured two or three tasty avocados on a bed of soggy bean sprouts. Perhaps McCartney was simply trying too hard to fill his own shoes.
The good news on Driving Rain is Paul has finally given up. No endless months of fine-tuning and overdubs. No fancy cover either - just a fuzzy Polaroid with a dashed off, handwritten title. If he feels like celebrating, he lets himself soar - as in the last-minute addition of a supercharged "Freedom" from the Concert For New York. If he wants to jam, he digs in at length. If he's feeling romantic, he lets us know (yeah, now there's a surprise). The entire album has an offhand, thrown together feel to it - like something Macca and a neighborhood band knocked off in their garage last week. Paul hasn't sounded this loose since 1965. It suits him well.
Remember Sgt. Pepper's floating, melodic bass lines? They're back for an encore on Driving Rain, and the title song announces their return in the album's opening seconds. Beatlesque flourishes are here, there, and everywhere - from the White Album-ish "Heather" with its oh-so-British piano and vocal phrasings, to "About You" and "Back In The Sunshine Again," either of which could pass for Abbey Road outtakes. Paul's new backing band is young, talented, and unpretentious. They make even the jams and instrumentals work.
Simply put, Driving Rain is Paul McCartney's best and most consistent effort since 1982's Tug Of War.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another rockin' effort from Paul McCartney July 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to believe this guy is sixty years old. He can still rock and roll with the best of them! There are a lot of wonderful treats on "Driving Rain," not the least of which is seeing his new sprightliness and cheer following the upswing of his lovelife. The very first track, "Lonely Road," stoutly declares that he's not ready to "walk that lonely road again," and while in someone else's hands we might think that it referred to simply, well, being alone, in McCartney's able hands it carries both overt and subtle references to the 1998 death of Linda, to whom he'd been married for twenty-nine years (an astonishing length of time by any standards, but especially by the standards of rock and roll). With this song, McCartney declares his willingness to go on with his own life.
"From a Lover to a Friend" carries McCartney's signature piano work to new heights and has echoes of so many old McCartney tunes. It's a treat musically, and showcases McCartney's usual ear for delicately revealing lyrics. It's difficult to tell if he's talking to both Linda and Heather here, but that's what seems to be going on. Most revealing, not to mention a fine tune.
On "Tiny Bubble," McCartney almost seems at the beginning of the song to be channeling a Barry White/Stevie Wonder/Funkadelic kind of groove, complete with Hammond organ. Then "Your Way" could easily pass for a Grateful Dead effort in terms of its harmonies and laid-back ease. McCartney is all over the map here and it's exhilarating!
Heather Mills has done something good for Paul McCartney--we'll never know exactly all the details, but good for her for being the inspiration for the lovely "Heather," a gorgeous blend of calmness and joy that is mostly all about piano with just a subtle drum rhythm in the background.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Recording December 2, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album's songs came to Paul from the same places they have always come. If you own at least one Beatles' record, you'll enjoy this one just as much. Like a good book it keeps you captivated with tight mood swings. It truly cooks. What an accomplishment by such a gifted artist. Tired of all the (...) that's being hailed as great then when you take a listen and you're like Huh? He's got (...) to make such a record. I'm sure Paul feels really strong about these song's and everyone else that worked with him on it. He worked with a new young band and sung and played bass just like he did with the Beatles'. Live with no bass overdubs. Look what's on the charts now and weep. Then go out and buy "Driving Rain". True arsistic intent is hard to find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Driving Rain
I am so glad to add this one to my collection. It is really a great CD and am looking forward to adding more of Paul McCartney's music to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by M. Elaine Council
5.0 out of 5 stars LATE PERIOD MASTERPIECE
Coming after a late 1990s return-to-form, this was Macca's first full rock album of the new century. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David P. Weber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Music Is Great !!!
Great music,enjoy listening to this cd very much. He does the songs very different,but still has his style that you can identify.I bought 2 CD's.
Published 6 months ago by M. R. sussek
4.0 out of 5 stars It took me 12 years to get into this
I never liked this album. I'm not sure why, but until recently it was one of my least favorite Paul albums, (Press to Play holds that distinction) Recently, after seeing Paul in... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rob
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe one of my favorites...
OK - I'm one of those old farts who watched the Beatles LIVE on Ed Sullivan almost 50 years ago so I'm a certified Beatles addict. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Claus R. Martel
4.0 out of 5 stars this is one of his best
This record is one of his best. I give it four stars instead of five because of tracks 14 and 15. Dull and typical McCartney. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by constant reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't Understand Why This Is a Re-issue???
Hey ya man. Miss you too. Is there a reason for this re-issue? Okay, there's one extra song, which all McCartney fans already own. Just doesn't make sense. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by The Producer
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, with a few exceptions
Given the number of Beatlesworthy tracks on `Flaming Pie' and `Run Devil Run', this album was a bit of a disappointing return to form--that is, too much strictly MOR... Read more
Published on April 11, 2011 by Jeff Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know why my previous review wasn't posted.
But anyway, I had written Macca off years ago after I bought "Off the Ground," which sucked. I found Driving Rain at Goodwill and thought it was worth a shot at $3. Read more
Published on March 6, 2011 by M. Ash
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and a half
The utmost repect is due to Sir Paul MaCartney. Through a decade of artistic inirtia, and more dire, the death of his beloved and then a bitter divorce, the world's best bass... Read more
Published on November 7, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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