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Driving Rain Import
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Regular Japanese issue of McCartney's 2001 hit album.
Paul McCartney's first album of self-composed material since the tragic loss of his wife and soul mate Linda, Driving Rain is the sound of pop's most indefatigable optimist coming to terms with his bereavement, picking up the pieces and moving on. Thus, there's a determined rasp to McCartney's vocal delivery on the opening rocker "Lonely Road", which begins with a resigned "I tried to get over you" and moves purposefully forward with an insistent chorus of "Don't want to walk that lonely road no more". Further down the line, the title of "Back In The Sunshine Again", a languorous groover and one of two songs co-penned with son James, speaks for itself--"No more worries, no more pain... that's the way it's going to be for the rest of my life", he sings. McCartney's new amour is nodded to on the predominantly instrumental "Heather" (something about shacking up on the moon with the Queen of his heart, that's love for you!) whilst the bittersweet, pining "From A Lover To A Friend" is one of the prettiest ballads the man has written this side of the Beatles. And yes, even George Harrison's tandoori-flavoured retro-pop is evident on the tablas and sitars of "Riding To Jaipur". McCartney lets himself go and stretches his legs on the 10-minute ELO/Steve Miller/Police fuzzed-up mish-mash that is "Rinse The Raindrops", but it's well worth taking that walk with him. Evidently, McCartney is enjoying a new lease of life in both his private and professional life. Good on him. --Kevin Maidment --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Listen to Tiny Bubble and groove on the funk. Some people have said this tune sounds like Paul doing George Harrison. Given that George's best songs were full of soul that comparison may not be far off.
The band absolutely smokes on this CD. Full of motown grooves, even a bit of faux rap (Spinning on an Axis) this is easily McCartneys best CD since Tug of War. Pauls last three albums have seen him taking back his crown (Flowers In The Dirt - Flaming Pie - Run Devil Run, even Fireman and Rushes are pretty cool) Pauls voice and writing abilities have been rediscovering themselves.
Some of the vocalizations have Paul almost snarling out the lyrics or employing the little hiccups that Elvis made such good use of. I haven't heard Paul sound this good since... what? Oh Darling? Wanderlust? I Saw Her Standing There? Maybe there's no good comparison. Lets just say he sounds fantastic.
Listen to any of these three: Magic, Loving Flame, Back In The Sunshine Again and tell me that these arent' great songs.
The title track, Driving Rain, is a fun song with a solid rock feel and a good bounce to it. I can't help but sing everytime it comes on. This is a CD to play over and over.
A bit uneven? Maybe but thats what CD writers are for. Rip it and burn your favs.
Overall rating: if you're a Beatle or McCartney fan this CD is a must have.
Top-three highlights are: "Lonely road", his first song after Linda's death. Very strong melodic song on which McCartney screams his heart out. Song with atmosphere and soul. The experimental "Rinse the raindrops" is a song in which melody and lyrics are repeatedly performed in different tempers/moods: in this 10-minute jam McCartney vividly plays the bass and shows that his voice can still be magic. He should do such stuff more often! "She's given up talking" is a nice melody ingeniously performed; it is really a pity the lyrics spoil part of the fun...
The album shows a nice mix of styles, varying from India-inspired "Riding into Jaipur" to the catchy "From a lover to a friend" to upbeat "About you" to rocking "Rinse the Raindrops". All very different, all very good. On the other hand, there are some mediocre songs notably "Driving rain", "Your way" and "Spinning on the axis" that make the album too long. I think that some tracks would sound better if the band would have spent playing more time together before recording.
Although I was not opposed to the invasion into Afghanistan, I really do not understand the inappropriate "Freedom", a simple anthem with barrel-beating and lyrics like "fight for the right to freedom". I can imagine this song means something to some people from New York (and USA) just after 9/11, but it is the opposite of the intelligent humanist(anti-landmines, pro animal rights and rain forests etc.) McCartney always has been striving to be. Idem Eric Clapton who is playing guitar on the track.
I bought 'Driving Rain' the day it was released. This was back in November 2001, and as history shows, it wasn't the greatest of times due to what happened here in the USA, two months prior. I was eagerly anticipating Paul's new album, not only because "Freedom" was an added bonus track, but because I needed some of his creative energy to help put me in a better state of mind. The first time I heard it, I thought it was "pretty good." Then on repeated listenings, I found the music really growing on me. Before long, I knew the words to every song, inside and out. It also became a permanent fixture in my car, where a copy remains to this day.
'Driving Rain' is Paul McCartney bouncing back with renewed spirit and hope. It's a process that continues where his excellent 1999 'Run Devil Run' left off. These songs have the power to "chase my blues away" anytime I feel down. It's music that makes you feel good to be alive!
Upon closer inspection, it's interesting to note the nature motif popping up in quite a few tracks. The lyrics frequently mention the sun/sunshine, rain/raindrops, the moon, hurricanes, gardens, outer space and clear, blue skies. Paul has hit a poetic high point on 'Driving Rain,' with songs like "Heather," "Riding Into Jaipur" and "Magic."
The standout tracks for me are "Rinse The Raindrops" and the title track.Read more ›
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Only four because that special mysterious something is missing, maybe youth, I don't know. Nonetheless, Paul remains the master of original melodies and chord progressions that... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by .
I am a HUGE Beatles fan. (Just for the record).
I own all the production (but for Ringo's) of the three main Beatles solo careers... Read more
Paul Mc Cartney & The Beatles are unquestionabally one of my favorite artists of all time. Having said that, this album simply bores the hell out of me. Read morePublished on April 3 2004
.........Probably the best release of 2001. This album is good, just not as great as the other paul albums. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004
I don't like to be unkind because the man has given me much listening pleasure and exhilaration over time (especially as a Beatle)...however... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Mike
McCartney. Living legend. Ex-Beatle. Probably still more known than Jesus. Anything he records will always be picked apart by critics simply because he is such a famous figure. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by LAM
Paul McCartney is right when he says that Driving Rain is a "very interesting album". On his previous 2 albums the music was great but rather predictable. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Aditya Mukerji
Macca made a fantastic album with a few unfortunate mistakes. In fact I wanted to give it 4 and a half stars, but I thought then I would be nice and give it 5 instead of 4. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by RockNRoll