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Memory Almost Full
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|12. The End Of The End|
|13. Nod Your Head|
2007 album from the former Beatle, his first release for the recently-established Hear Music label. The album was recorded between 2003 and 2006 and was performed entirely by Macca and produced by David Kahne. 13 tracks including the first single 'Dance Tonight'. The perfect album to enjoy with a Tall Espresso Roast because both are smooth and balanced with a slightly sweet finish.
"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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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.
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Eloquent memory tools used to take listeners back to Sir Paul's memory and possibly their own. Interesting and varied lyrics that take off where Chaos and Creation in the Backyard... Read morePublished on March 18 2008 by Amazon Customer
Une belle surprise, que ce dernier disque de ce noble monsieur de la musique pop anglaise. Plusieurs pièces offrent une belle originalité ; il y a là de la... Read morePublished on June 14 2007 by Von