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Driving Rain Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI
  • ASIN: B00005NDEX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (317 customer reviews)
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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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By Gord Muir on May 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
Paul McCartney does Al Green and turns in his best performance since Tug of War.
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.
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The overall album is very decent, with some outstanding songs:
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.
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'Driving Rain' is my favorite solo album by Paul McCartney. I am a huge fan of his work, (with the Beatles, Wings and solo) and if I had to pick only one album to bring with me to a desert island, this would definitely be the one.
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.
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Paul McCartney is one of my all time rock n' roll heroes! Much like Michael Jackson's most devoted fans, I look for reasons to exonerate Mr. McCartney from any alleged acts of criminality even when all evidence begs for suspicion of guilt. Enter Driving Rain. I have owned this CD for over a year. I attended the supporting concert meant to drive sales upward while giving we fans a chance to see our hero perhaps in his last days as a performer. It is in this live concert setting that the excellence of the past most vividly illuminates the sub-mediocrity of the present. The absolute perfection of lyrics such as those contained in Blackbird, Yesterday, I've Just Seen a Face, and countless other examples of sheer brilliance, are made to reside on the same stage with the pure dribble of songs like She's Given up Talking (Don't say a word, Even in the classroom, She's not a dickie bird????), Driving Rain (12345 Let's go for a drive????), etc. What were you thinking Paul? I've tried to reconcile the Paul McCartney of yore with Sir Paul of Heather-ville but it's like the creative being that inhabited the bass playing body that was one fourth the force known as The Beatles left the planet some time ago, and we are left with the less than average musician who composed (loose useage of the word) and played on Driving Rain. I am certain that my analysis of this CD is in no way affected by the comparison of Sir Paul McCartney (present) to the impossible standards set by McCartney of yore. In fact, it would be unfair to expect anyone to sustain that level of creativity. It is just unfortunate that in the face of having nothing worthwhile to say musically or lyrically, Mr. McCartney chose to release a CD called Driving Rain. If one hasn't anything good to say of another, it is best to say nothing (my mother use to say). I say, if one has nothing to say, maybe he should find a different way to say it. I love you Paul! signed - a fan
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