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VERY NICE! THE ROMANTIC BEATLE IS SUBLIMELY SUBTLE
on February 29, 2012
McCartney has said that the biggest obstacle to doing this album was Rod Stewart: 'Every time I though about doing this, Rod would release another one of his American Songbook albums and do all the songs I wanted to do.' And possibly that is just as well, because this wonderfully produced, played and sung album contains less familiar - though no less appealing tunes - and McCartney originals that reveal the romantic Beatle in yet a different (though not unsurprising) light. This is a quiet but engaging album thanks to McCartney's warm voice and heartfelt singing. The presence of Krall and her band (+ others incl. Stevie Wonder, Vinnie Colaiuta...) is much appreciated, as they exhibit suitable sensitivities and the overall production is excellent. Seeing Sir Paul (w/Krall & band + Joe Walsh on acoustic guitar) perform one of these tracks on the 2012 Grammy Awards show, then strap on his bass and rock out on the Abbey Road Medley is another reminder that (even after 50 years at the top) he remains one of our most versatile and relevant contemporary music makers. And by the way, the title for the album comes from a Fats Waller tune, so get your mind out of the gutter! Yes, a different album for sure, but with the wide diversity of what he did with the Beatles as an early indicator of his potential, we should not be surprised. As for me, well, given his penchant for Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, I'm surprised he doesn't strap on his Les Paul, bring in Jeff and do a Hendrix album. But hey, you never know...