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An extremely okay album from an extremely great artist
on September 16, 2013
As a life-long Beatles and Wings fan, this was the first McCartney solo album I've purchased. I'm kind of thinking it with be the last, though. Here are some descriptive phrases that I think sum it up:
"An extremely okay album"
"Positively pleasant to listen to"
"Mature and mellow, yet Beatlesque"
"It's just fine, like a nice vanilla ice cream"
"As truly likeable as an old hound dog"
Yes, I made all of these up :-)
Don't get me wrong, there's very little wrong with this album, and the last track, "Great Day", in particular kind of leaves you wishing the rest of the album was as good as that one is [Think combination of Neil Young, Blind Faith and White Album-era Beatles]. However, Chase Bank chose this as jingle song for one of their adds--which may shed some light on the everyman/woman flavor of it. Steve Miller's presence on the album adds a certain charm, and I can't imagine there will be many McCartney/Beatles fans that will truly dislike it. It's very likeable, smooth, and melodic.
That said, I can't help but feel it's unremarkable, somewhat formulaic and with some overly repetitive songs that may remind you just how short the majority of Beatles songs were. For such an accomplished artist, the album somewhat forgettable. A lot of mature/boomer artists have made similar albums, but many such albums have been closer to perfection. The one that stands out in my mind is Neil Young's Harvest Moon. Equally as smooth, mature and nice to listen to, but better compiled, even more inspired. Bob Dylan also released an album with a polished, twilight years feel to it around the same time period that was also notably better.
If you're a big McCartney/Beatles fan, DO buy his album. Just don't expect miracles, as few tracks will meet your expectations.