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Electric Arguments [Vinyl]

4.3 out of 5 stars 166 customer reviews

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Limited double vinyl LP pressing. The Fireman are back after a ten-year break. Electric Arguments is their third studio album and it's not the album people might expect from the previously mysterious duo. This is Paul McCartney's 2008 album with producer Youth. Each track written,recorded and sung in the space of one day with Paul McCartney, playing all instruments. 'The album's opener is classic rock and an instant attention grabber. A heavy guitar riff with loud drums and souring vocals, it's like nothing The Fireman have ever done before.
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 6, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: ATO RECORDS / RED
  • ASIN: B001GKYBX0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Electric Arguments is indisputably the most surprising and inspiring CD of the year. Paul McCartney surfaces with a masterpiece of experimental music and great vocals that fuse ambient, hard rock, blues, trance, ballads and electronic music. Producer Youth was integral to this CD. It contains arguably the greatest medley of Paul's songs ever commencing with "Sing The Changes," "Travelling Light," "Highway", " Light From Your Lighthouse," "Sun Is Shining," and "Dance 'Till We're High,". MACCA and Beatles fans will love this trippy and psychedelic CD becuase it has vintage tracks similar to great songs off the White Album, Ram and Paul's other masterful Fireman CD the cosmic"Rushes" wherein he expertly played several guitars, cymbals and resplendent keyboards. MACCA'S roaring, soaring and refined vocals and ambient virtuosity at age 67 are priceless. This is the most vindicating CD of MACCA'S career because it showcases his virtousity as a vocalist, musician, composer and lyricist ! It's safe to say that Lennon would have been impressed by this amazingly creative CD.
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The more I listen to it, the more I like it. It's such a fresh sound from a man who's help define what "sound" is, so I don't know what more we could want. "Highway" rocks harder than any of his recent rockers, "Sun is Shining" just melts beautifully. Melodies just burrow themselves inside your brain and you can't help but hum them throughout the day, even if your initial opinion is unfavorable. I wrote it off thinking, "If it doesn't say Paul McCartney on the cover, it must be his lesser stuff." So wrong. Electric Arguments is one of his best.
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McCartney gets slagged down by people who are musical hacks. Hell, we are all musical hacks compared to him and only a select handful of others. Yet, despite that fact (oh, I'm sure some people will argue with this statement but it's pretty much an absolute fact), people feel compelled to rip this guy a new one on virtually every album he does. While most reviews for this brilliant album were very, very positive, I did read a few mediocre reviews and in those, you can tell the reviewer didn't even listen to the album. Like anything associated with McCartney automatically gets an "F" grade. Let's face it, while he has made some mistakes here and there, the guy takes risks and has made better, more impactful songs, whether pop, political, heavy, classical, jazzy, avant garde, new wave, dance, country and blues than almost anyone else on the planet, whether living or dead. It amazes me how some people can just give this album one star. Yeah, like you or almost anybody else could do any better. One star??!! Come on... what a joke! At WORST, it is a 4 star album... at worst.

The varied songs on this album have so many different treats and varied melodies... The songs range the full gamut and create a wonderful sonic landscape. 'Sing the Changes' probably should be the first single. From the first track "Nothing Too Much" to "Two Magpies" to "Highway" to "Dance 'Til We're High" to "Lifelong Passion", so many genres are covered yet they still maintain the classic McCartney melodic form yet with new twists. From the Beatles until now, McCartney was never afraid to experiment, he was a musical revolutionary that was barely recognized compared to John... but he certainly should be: Sgt.
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The new Paul McCartney is the biggest musical surprise I've had all year. I was expecting yet another disappointment in a long line of disappointments or mediocre releases and was hoping there would be one or two good songs.

To me, this sounds like Sgt. Pepper mixed with the White Album. Add liberal doses of dance, trance, elecronic and pop and you have a mind pleasing and teasing mix. For my money this is his best musical release since 1975's Venus and Mars or 1973's Band on the Run. It's the sound of creativity not channeled with commercial expectations. It's melodic and fun, odd and enchanting, foot tapping and mind expanding.

I found myself looking at the CD to get the name of almost every song as I listened because the music interested me enough that I wanted to know the name of the individual song. Surprise yourself and pick up this CD. Put it on at a quiet moment and sit back and enjoy the ride.
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McCartney's previous five albums (Flaming Pie, Run Devil Run, Driving Rain, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and Memory Almost Full) were all exceptional in very different ways. Though I tend to prefer Flaming Pie, Memory Almost Full, and possibly Run Devil Run, Electric Arguments rates close to those albums in overall quality, but is far more visceral while sacrificing little in terms of melody. While the first track, "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight", is a nasty screamer, the rest of the album presents some awesome melodic rockers, mixed with some beautiful ballads, and some dreamy musical textures. The best tracks are the gorgeous "Dance 'Til We're High", the U2-like rocker "Sing the Changes", the driving rocker "Highway", and the gospel-like, folksy "Light From Your Lighthouse", although others may surface as favorites depending on mood. Another great one - one of McCartney's best.
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You can hear the entire album early at NPR. I like the direction he took on this album a lot. Maybe the time constraints they put on themselves kept it from being too overworked. Enjoy! Here's the NPR link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=96952621
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Deluxe limited edition available!
I just ordered the deluxe package afew days ago. But I have one question. On the DVD of multi track audio files allowing us to do our own remixes can I make an audio cd from that or transfer it to my ipod?
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