I don't know why everyone comes down so strong on Pipes of Peace. True, it can't be compared to some of McCartney's great albums like Band on the Run or Wings Over America, or Abbey Road for that matter. But Pipes of Peace isn't chop liver either. True, McCartney does get a bit mellow on this album but everyone get's in a mellow mood from time to time. But good songs are good songs no matter if they're sung by an old rocker or not. Pipes of peace has good songs.
The opener, Pipes of Peace, is a warm song talking about peace and love. Didn't the Beatles sing about peace and love too? But you don't hear many people downing the Beatles because they did sweet songs. I think Pipes of Peace is a wonderful song and a joy to listen too (and I love rockers as well as anyone).
Say Say Say isn't such a bad song either. And just because Michael Jackson is on it doesn't ruin it either. It's a nice dancable little tune which McCartney performs with much excitement.
The Other Me is also a cute song. It sounds like the material he was doing on his first solo album. Average Person is a catchy tune that, if you're not careful, you'll end up singing along with. It's the most Beatlistic song on the album too. The Man, another Michael Jackson co-written song, sonds very much like Ventura Highway by America. I have no idea who the man is, but is a pleasantly, relaxing song.
Yes, Pipes of Peace is mellow, yes, it has Michael Jackson on it, no, it isn't McCartney's best work. But it is a nice, fun little album to listen to and if you just sit back and relax and forget comparing it to other McCartney albums, you will enjoy it.