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Flowers in the Dirt

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Paul Mccartney - Flowers In The Dirt - Cd

Enlivened and challenged by his songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello, who cowrote three songs here, McCartney made one of his best albums of the 1980s with Flowers in the Dirt. The Costello tracks, "My Brave Face," "You Want Her, Too," and "That Day Is Done," are complex and acerbic, qualities rarely applied to songs penned by McCartney alone. Yet Sir Paul rises to the occasion on "Put It There," a touching remembrance of his father, and some of his best pop-rockers in a while, such as "This One," "Figure of Eight," and "Rough Ride." --Daniel Durchholz

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. My Brave Face
  2. Rough Ride
  3. You Want Her Too
  4. Distractions
  5. We Got Married
  6. Put It There
  7. Figure Of Eight
  8. This One
  9. Don't Be Careless Love
  10. That Day Is Done
  11. How Many People
  12. Motor Of Love
  13. Ou Est Le Soleil

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UUM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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While all of the Beatles had successful solo careers following the breakup of the band, it was Paul McCartney's career that would prove to be the most successful. With the bar set high, McCartney often found himself trying to measure up from a critical standpoint to what the Beatles had done. In the 1970s, McCartney's band Wings - while not the apple of the critics eyes, continued to sell records. Things would change in the 1980s when McCartney would dissolve Wings. Although McCartney would start the decade out with two successful solo albums in "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace". In 1984, things would drastically change - "Give My Regards to Broad Street" would be the soundtrack for a film he would write. That film would prove to be a box office bust and the album would have moderate success. In 1986, things would get worse as his album "Press to Play" was for all practical purposes a flop. As the 1980s would close, McCartney would turn to an unlikely source to try to revive his legendary career - and he would succeed with the 1989 release "Flowers in the Dirt". This would prove that McCartney was back.

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.
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In the middle of my Beatlemania back in the 80's, I instantly honed in on Paul McCartney, whose videos were on constant rotation on MTV. 1989 saw him releasing his followup to Press To Play, Flowers In The Dirt, a title mentioned in the song "That Day Is Done" but also borrowed from a line in the Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen", altering "flowers in the dustbin."
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.
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The curse of Paul McCartney is the music he created with the Beatles. What every fan seems to forget is that the comparison isn't quite fair. The Beatles albums were created by four individuals two of whom were among the top songwriters of the 60's. It would be more apt to compare Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr's solo albums collectively and compare them to the Beatles legacy.
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.
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