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Memory Almost Full

Paul McCartney Audio CD
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1. Dance Tonight
2. Ever Present Past
3. See Your Sunshine
4. Only Mama Knows
5. You Tell Me
6. Mr. Bellamy
7. Gratitude
8. Vintage Clothes
9. That Was Me
10. Feet In The Clouds
11. House of Wax
12. The End Of The End
13. Nod Your Head

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"Many years from now" must have seemed like an understatement to 16-year-old Paul McCartney, wondering if he'd still be needed or fed at the age of 64. As it turned out, all doubt as to the latter had ceased by his 22nd birthday (though few could have predicted he'd end up washing down those meals with the liquid pride of Seattle). As to the former? Now that McCartney, as of the date of this album's release, has reached that mythic age, his greatest work is 40 years behind him, his solo peak over 30 years gone. Does the world need a new Paul McCartney album? The answer is yes, at least as much as it needs anything else that passes for music these days. With Memory Almost Full, Macca is back. No, it's not Ram or Band on the Run. It might not even be Flowers in the Dirt--in 1989, he had a full band, the support of Linda, and Elvis Costello as a collaborator. Here, he's on his own. Literally: on the majority of the tracks, everything but the strings is multi-instrumentalist Paul. But the surprise is that it's one of his freest, loosest affairs in years, sonically reminiscent of the Tug of War/Pipes of Peace era with nods to Abbey Road in the album-closing medley, McCartney's gravelly tones on "Gratitude," and 2007's version of "Her Majesty," the palate-cleansing "Nod Your Head." It's a surprise because of the album's inescapable sense of retrospection ("Ever Present Past," "Vintage Clothes," "That Was Me") and even a bit of weariness. The next-to-last song is "The End of the End," after all, in which McCartney tells us about what he'd like to happen "on the day that I die." (He wants "songs that were sung/to be hung out like blankets/that lovers have played on/and laid on while listening to songs that were sung," and will likely get his wish.) But it never gets overwhelming, for McCartney mostly resists his tendency to get plodding and maudlin. In fact, Memory Almost Full must be the most sanguine album made during the dissolution of a marriage since...well, ever. "What went out is coming back," he sings in "Vintage Clothes," and from the sound of things, that may not be just wishful thinking. What's past is prologue; if we're lucky, what to come may be McCartney's late renaissance. --Benjamin Lukoff

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PAUL MCCARTNEY Memory Almost Full (2007 UK 13-track CD album which sees Sir Paul reunite with producer David Kahne [2002s Driving Rain] on an album which has been described as his finest work since McCartney and his early Wings outings. The man himself describes it as being a very personal record and a lot of it is retrospective drawing from memories of being a kid in Liverpool and from summers gone includes a Beatle-esque fifteen minute suite and the single Dance Tonight picture sleeve)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost full, but not quite! June 1 2008
By Paul U.
Format:Audio CD
Paul McCartney's previous CD, the (in my opinion) excellent "Chaos and Creation", was ethereal , inward-looking, melodic and at times melancholic, perhaps accurately reflecting his feelings during the deterioration of his doomed second marriage. With "Memory Almost Full", McCartney is back on solid ground. These songs are more rhythmic, varied, nostalgic and at times humorous. The 'suite' which covers five songs from "Vintage Clothes" to "The End of the End" is a sonic montage, providing snapshots of Paul's life from childhood to the imagined "end of the end". My favorite songs in "Memory Almost Full" are the dreamlike ballad "You Tell Me" and the melodramatic stadium-rocker "House of Wax". But, overall, it's the Beatles-like versatility of this collection which has its greatest appeal for me. Based on his last two albums, a revitalized McCartney seems to have caught his creative second (or third) wind. Perhaps we can expect Paul to take us an even "much better place"? in his next offering?
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Always the king of writing a good catchy pop/rock song, I think many feared he was losing that ability in recent years. Luckily "Memory Almost Full" is packed with catchy energetic songs that will puzzle you by how Beatles and Wings sounding these songs are! Opening with the commercially successful single "Dance Tonight", "Ever Present Past" follows it up extremely well, VERY catchy song with Paul's vocals in top form. Track four, "Only Mama Knows" is evidence that Paul can still rock out even in his 60's. "Mr. Bellamy" is another favorite. Hard to describe this one, just a solid, unique and hooky song. Probably my two favorite tracks off the album, "Vintage Clothes" and "That Was Me" fall in at tracks 8 & 9. Both are near pop perfection, very catchy uplifting songs. The next 3 songs are strong as well (in particular track 10 "Feet in the Clouds" which is another fave) but the closure to the album "Nod Your Head" just makes "Memory Almost Full" complete for me. You haven't heard nothing if you thought he was rocking at full flight prior to this one! On "Nod Your Head" McCartney just gives it all he's got in that lovely voice of his, literally yelling the words out! "Memory Almost Full" is a true treat not to be missed in his catalog. Pick this one up if your a Beatles fan, Wings fan, or just a casual listener looking for an awesome 13 songs!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Bellamy Sept. 3 2012
By L. Power HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
You want some whipped cream with that, she said as I waited with mounting anticipation. Yes, yes and I also got this album. You gotta love those Mocha Frappucinos at Starbucks.

As I listen to this, several things really impress me. As he is getting older his lyrics are getting so much deeper and emotional. I particularly like Ever Present Past with its contrasting title. But this is one of his most interesting songs, because the lyrics are musically contrasted with a driving straight eight style riff with a musical countermelody, and also gives his voice a chance to shine. This is a great song.

Mr Bellamy is also one of his vivid word portraits, where his songs have characters somewhat like he did in Maxwell's Silver Hammer, or Lovely Rita. Vintage Clothes is also rather intriguing.

There is nothing here that screams number one. All the songs are listenable, I mean there are no bad songs that make my finger reach for the skip button. Probably the weakest song is the catchiest one Dance Tonight. Its a little simplistic but keeps running around my head.

On one song Nod Your head, McCartney seems uncharacteristically angry reflecting the emotional conflict he was going through at the time. I have no idea who that is directed at;)

I am so impressed by this album I just went out and got Chaos and Creation his last album. That is a great album, and I particularly love A Certain Softness, one of his best songs ever, with a soft romantic latin jazz style. Really cool. Macca still has it, as much as ever, and now with extra punch to his lyrics.

If you're a Macca fan this is definitely worth adding to your collection. If you had to choose between this and Chaos and Creation my preference is Chaos and Creation.

I think you'll love it and I hope this was helpful.
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