- Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Toshiba EMI
- ASIN: B000002UUM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
|1. My Brave Face|
|2. Rough Ride|
|3. You Want Her Too|
|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|
Paul McCartney's FLOWERS IN THE DIRT came out in 1989 and I really liked the first single, "My Brace Face." After I saw him in concert the following year, I bought the cassette and ended up listening to it through a very difficult year--and it really stuck with me.
(That world tour of his ended up on DVD/video, I think, but it was ruined by some bad choices: "Live and Let Die," a show-stopping pyro-show of explosions and lasers, was cut down to include Vietnam footage--a lame attempt to add relevance to a James Bond theme. Gimme a break.)
I don't know if it was McCartney's collaboration with Elvis Costello or what, but this album was a long way from the "Silly Love Songs" of the 70s (don't take that as a slight: I appreciate "Silly Love Songs" as part of my life's 70s soundtrack). There were dark, mature moments ("That Day is Done") as well as quiet appreciation for things long gone ("Put It There").
FLOWERS IN THE DIRT is a pop album for grown ups and I'm glad I found it when I did.
Stand-out upbeat tracks are "My brave face" (co-written by Castello, great harmonies), "We got married" (with Dave Gilmour on guitar), "This one" and "Figure of eight" (with McCartney nice on bass). The duet with Castello "You want her too" is good fun! In the beautiful acoustic "Put it there", McCartney dares to be tender again, although the lyrics here give me this ambiguous feeling (which I sometimes get when hearing his songs): "If there's a fight, I'd like to fix it, I hate to see things goes so wrong"; Hmmmm.... I get the line within the context and dedication of the song but still... not entirely my cup of tea.
The more quiet and catchy "Distractions" and "That day is done" (co-written by Castello) seamlessly fit in the album, as well as the more mediocre reggae-ish "How many people". Of the 16 songs, there are in my opinion two weak (overdone) songs: "Motor of love" and "Don't be careless love"; the (good) bonus tracks ("Back on my feet", "Flying to my home" and "Loviest thing ") could have been on the original album instead.
Overall conclusion: a (fine) balanced album with a variety of good/great tunes. Cheers!
First: the songs. The album contains a great range of music like ballads (Distractions), pop (My brave face), rock (Figure... Read more