- Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
- Original Release Date: 1989
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Toshiba EMI
- ASIN: B000002UUM
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
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Flowers in the Dirt Import
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Enlivened and challenged by his songwriting collaboration with Elvis Costello, who cowrote three songs here, McCartney made one of his best albums of the 1980s with Flowers in the Dirt. The Costello tracks, "My Brave Face," "You Want Her, Too," and "That Day Is Done," are complex and acerbic, qualities rarely applied to songs penned by McCartney alone. Yet Sir Paul rises to the occasion on "Put It There," a touching remembrance of his father, and some of his best pop-rockers in a while, such as "This One," "Figure of Eight," and "Rough Ride." --Daniel Durchholz
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The catchy opening song and first single, "My Brave Face" is one of my favourite songs by him, telling of a man living alone after his loved one has gone, died probably. When I hear some lyrics, "As I pull the sheet back on the bed, I want to go bury my head in your pillow", and "Now that I'm all alone again/I can't stop breaking down again/The simplest things set me off again", I eerily think of Linda McCartney's death died 9 years after this song.
The trials of life in a marriage are recounted in "We Got Married" whose sound is a distant cousin to "Things We Said Today." Dave Gilmour's trademark guitar crunches along as if to affirm the gladness of being together despite hardships. A lyrical triumph, especially this: "I love the things that happen/When we start to discover who we are/And what we're living for/Just because love was all we ever wanted/It was all we ever had." Marriage, says Macca at the end, "It's not just a loving machine/It doesn't work out/If you don't work at it."
One of the standout cuts is the bouncy, sweet acoustic "Put It There" of a tender assurance from a father to son that he's there to help him: "If there's a fight, I'd like to fix it/I hate to see things go so wrong" It's reminiscent of "Blackbird", except sweeter, with string orchestration by George Martin.
"Don't Be Careless Love" is a poignant portrait of a worried man waiting the late hours for his girl, worried she got killed by some mugger, until he goes to bed. In the end, he finds her back in bed, and it's all right
"Figure Of Eight" is something to avoid ending up in. It's an affirmation of loving instead of hating and taking care of one another. An 8 is the infinity symbol on end, but infinity could mean an endless loop one can't get out of.
The upbeat electric guitar number "This One" reveals the downside of waiting for the perfect moment such as being open or affectionate. It's an explanation, an apology, that I found convincing.
The elegiac ballad "That Day Is Done" is of someone who's died and is sung from that person's point of view, with references to a woman in higher circles who's spurned him. I've felt this way during my dark moments: "That day is done, that day is done/You know where I've gone/I won't be coming back/That day is done."
The relaxing reggae-ish beat of "How Many People" is dedicated to environmentalist and Brazilian rain forest advocate Chico Mendes, who was murdered in 1988. This song answers questions philosophers and poets have asked for many ages. "How many people have died?" "How many people never make it through to the other side", "How many people have cried?" It's like his own "Blowin' In The Wind."
"Motor Of Love" is a very languid cousin of "My Love". It's ironic that given his closing remarks in "We Got Married", he sings here "I don't anything from you/Turn on your motor of love." Uh, what about the loving machine?
"Ou Est Le Soleil" is French for "where is the sun?" Accompanied by a backbeat of a programmed drum machine and various instruments, the lyrics go "Ou est le soleil/dans la tete/Travaillez", meaning "Where is the sun/In your head/Go work"
While McCartney writes most of the songs solo, he gets co-writing help from a certain DeClan McManus, a.k.a. Elvis Costello, who does harmony vocals on "You Want Her Too". The sound, while spright, is more mid-paced, far from the rock theatrics of "Band On The Run" or "Jet". Flowers In The Dirt is a sign of a legendary artist growing finer with age.
Living in the past would have been the easy way out for Macca. Instead, he forged ahead and tried to create a new musical identity and sound for himself independent of the Beatles. That's where things get sticky.
Flowers In The Dirt received quite a bit of praise for the songwriting and production when it was first released. In hindsight some of that praise was overwrought. The album has a number of songs that musically equal the best material Macca's done. My Brave Face compares well to Paperback Writer, Elenanor Rigby or any number of Macca's classics. While FITD isn't able to sustain that quality for the length of the CD, it is still fairly consistent. Even on lyrically weak songs like We Got Married, McCartney invests the music with considerable effort and imagination. WGM is a rich musical soup that wouldn't be out of place on a Beatles album. While WGM and a number of other songs could have used Lennon's lyrical wit, one can't find fault with the musical portions of the album. The Elvis Costello-McCartney collaborations work extremely well. That Day Is Done quotes liberally from gospel music (in fact Elvis Costello re-recorded this song with the Fairfield Five to great effect), while You Want Her Too thrives on the lyrical conflict that made McCartney's best work with Lennon soar. Put It There captures the tender emotions so often unexpressed between father and son.
The import has three strong bonus tracks including the minor McCartney-Costello classic Back On My Feet. This terrific song was originally released as the b side of Once Upon A Long Ago and easily outclasses the A side of the original single.
Flying To My Home is a back to basics rocker demonstrating McCartney's imaginative flair as an arranger. Again, this b side (the A Side was My Brave Face) would have been a highlight on any of McCartney's solo albums. FTMH recalls Junior's Farm but with a sharper, more imaginative arrangement.
The Loveliest Thing at first glance appears to be a by the numbers love song. Closer inspection reveals a lyrically interesting and off beat love paen to Linda. It's one of McCartney's more affecting love songs.
The original version of FITD dserved a 3 1/2 star with the inclusion of these strong single b sides this album now deserves a 4 star rating. This album signaled a willlingness on McCartney's part to compete with his past and reclaim it.
expressive vocals,nice colaboration with elvis costello on few songs and sing-along melodies are making it Paul's one of the best albums even when he had put "Motor of love" - lazy and a bit pretentious love ballad..
why not 5 stars?i am listening to it for a long time and the charm of "Flowers in the dirt" makes me smile each time when i hear it....
Probably the only low point is "Ou est le soleil", the rest is magnificent... and songs like "My Brave Face"; "Distractions"; "Put it There"; "This One"; and "How Many People" are VERY GOOD but to name just a few...
ALL THE ALBUM IS A JOY!, even if it sounds subdued sometimes, and Paul's vocals are 5 stars...
INDISPENSABLE IN ANY COLLECTION AND A MUST FOR PAUL'S FANS.
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