Flowers in the Dirt
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Many attribute McCartney's problems in the 80s because he would often have trouble focusing. While McCartney is a great musician, it was obvious that he would often require that "voice of reason" to push him when it came to songwriting or producing. John Lennon and George Martin would fill these roles, but even Martin couldn't stop the train wreck that occurred with "Give My Regards to Broad Street". Following the disaster of "Press to Play", McCartney would start a long songwriting partnership with one of the most unlikely musicians - Elvis Costello.Read more ›
The catchy opening song and first single, "My Brave Face" is one of my favourite songs by him, telling of a man living alone after his loved one has gone, died probably. When I hear some lyrics, "As I pull the sheet back on the bed, I want to go bury my head in your pillow", and "Now that I'm all alone again/I can't stop breaking down again/The simplest things set me off again", I eerily think of Linda McCartney's death died 9 years after this song.
The trials of life in a marriage are recounted in "We Got Married" whose sound is a distant cousin to "Things We Said Today." Dave Gilmour's trademark guitar crunches along as if to affirm the gladness of being together despite hardships. A lyrical triumph, especially this: "I love the things that happen/When we start to discover who we are/And what we're living for/Just because love was all we ever wanted/It was all we ever had." Marriage, says Macca at the end, "It's not just a loving machine/It doesn't work out/If you don't work at it.Read more ›
Living in the past would have been the easy way out for Macca. Instead, he forged ahead and tried to create a new musical identity and sound for himself independent of the Beatles. That's where things get sticky.
Flowers In The Dirt received quite a bit of praise for the songwriting and production when it was first released. In hindsight some of that praise was overwrought. The album has a number of songs that musically equal the best material Macca's done. My Brave Face compares well to Paperback Writer, Elenanor Rigby or any number of Macca's classics. While FITD isn't able to sustain that quality for the length of the CD, it is still fairly consistent. Even on lyrically weak songs like We Got Married, McCartney invests the music with considerable effort and imagination. WGM is a rich musical soup that wouldn't be out of place on a Beatles album. While WGM and a number of other songs could have used Lennon's lyrical wit, one can't find fault with the musical portions of the album. The Elvis Costello-McCartney collaborations work extremely well. That Day Is Done quotes liberally from gospel music (in fact Elvis Costello re-recorded this song with the Fairfield Five to great effect), while You Want Her Too thrives on the lyrical conflict that made McCartney's best work with Lennon soar. Put It There captures the tender emotions so often unexpressed between father and son.Read more ›
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Love Paul McCartney's post-Beatles work! Highly recommended.Published 1 month ago by Kathy S. Sanders
Simply the best solo CD Paul ever did. Costello is like his new Lennon and this is a pretty amazing disc that he still has not rivaled 20 or so years later.Published 7 months ago by D. Weinstein