Next to "Band on the run", "McCartney", Flaming pie", "Ram" (and in my opinion "Back to the egg"), this CD is one of his better post-Beatles albums. After embarrassing sugar sweet pop collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson on rather mediocre pop albums in the mid-eighties, partnering up with Elvis Castello for a couple of songs seemed to inspire McCartney through out the whole album. Although less experimental like "Press to Play" issued two years earlier, it is what you hope to hear again on a McCartney album: a wide variety of good/great tunes skilfully performed with great vocals and a fine band. Even most lyrics are strong!
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!