Paul McCartney - McCartney II (5 stars)

1980 album a work of bonged-out pop genius

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This article is from 2011.

Paul McCartney - McCartney II

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A relative flop in 1980, McCartney II is a work of bonged-out pop genius. The ‘hits’ – the dork disco gem ‘Coming Up’ and the beautiful ‘Waterfalls’ – although wonderful, only hint at the oddness within. ‘Temporary Secretary’ still confounds with its percolating electro synth line and out-of-tune acoustic guitars. Then there’s the not-quite reggae of ‘Darkroom’; its pitched-up snares sounding uncannily like drum ’n bass, and the graceful Vaughan Williams via Eno pastoralism of ‘Summer’s Day Song’. Even more adventurous are the b-sides and unreleased tracks included here. ‘Check My Machine’ reimagines the Grange Hill theme as loping banjo funk, while ‘Secret Friend’ is ten minutes of cosmic bliss, all disembodied vocals, wonky synths and bossa beats. Thumbs aloft.

This article is from 2011.

Paul McCartney

Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings, classical composer, poet, artist, animal rights activist, writer of silly love songs – Paul McCartney'll be a name familiar to your brain. Settle back for an evening of classic hits and a few more recent ones thrown in for good measure. It's cool – he'll probably play 'Hey Jude'. Get practicing you…

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