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Flowers in the Dirt Import

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Toshiba EMI
  • ASIN: B000002UUM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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1. My Brave Face
2. Rough Ride
3. You Want Her Too
4. Distractions
5. We Got Married
6. Put It There
7. Figure Of Eight
8. This One
9. Don't Be Careless Love
10. That Day Is Done
11. How Many People
12. Motor Of Love
13. Ou Est Le Soleil

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Digitally Remastered Reissue Of The Original Album Plus 3 Bonus Tracks Added: Back On My Feet / Flying To My Home / Loveliest Thing.

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 curse of Paul McCartney is the music he created with the Beatles. What every fan seems to forget is that the comparison isn't quite fair. The Beatles albums were created by four individuals two of whom were among the top songwriters of the 60's. It would be more apt to compare Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr's solo albums collectively and compare them to the Beatles legacy.
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.
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I was thinking back on albums that, as a whole, had me listening to them over and over when they came out. It just doesn't happen much anymore with popular music.
Paul McCartney's FLOWERS IN THE DIRT came out in 1989 and I really liked the first single, "My Brace Face." After I saw him in concert the following year, I bought the cassette and ended up listening to it through a very difficult year--and it really stuck with me.
(That world tour of his ended up on DVD/video, I think, but it was ruined by some bad choices: "Live and Let Die," a show-stopping pyro-show of explosions and lasers, was cut down to include Vietnam footage--a lame attempt to add relevance to a James Bond theme. Gimme a break.)
I don't know if it was McCartney's collaboration with Elvis Costello or what, but this album was a long way from the "Silly Love Songs" of the 70s (don't take that as a slight: I appreciate "Silly Love Songs" as part of my life's 70s soundtrack). There were dark, mature moments ("That Day is Done") as well as quiet appreciation for things long gone ("Put It There").
FLOWERS IN THE DIRT is a pop album for grown ups and I'm glad I found it when I did.
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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!
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It really sickens me when people continue to refer to Paul McCartney's best work as BAND ON THE RUN. Yes, that IS a brilliant masterpiece, but FLOWERS IN THE DIRT is an underrated gem. This album is loaded with first rate songs. MY BRAVE FACE, PUT IT THERE, THIS ONE and YOU WANT HER TOO are some of the best melodies Paul has written. The songs sound inspired (especially those written with Elvis Costello), Paul is in great voice, and the playing is top quality. This is one of those rare treats that continues to sound great after repeated listens. It is mind boggling that this album didn't catch on with the general public, as it is simply the best album in Paul McCartney's post Beatle career.
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