Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Allow Me To Get This Out Of My System
This is in no way a post about some revelation regarding Paul McCartney's mostly crappy album "Pipes Of Peace." Though since it's original release in 1983, I just assumed I hated it all these years because I hated it so much then. I realized after giving it spin last week that I don't.
Check out "The Other Me," posted above. Horrible lyrics. Cheesy production. Rife with every pop cliche in the book. But, it is also chock full of hooks and patented Macca tricks. (Pay attention to the subtle vocal inflections right in front of every chorus.) Point is, I'm hooked on this track. But am I hooked because, like a train wreck, I can't look away? Or, am I hooked because even at his worst, McCartney still has the ability to write a pop song better than most at their best?
This is how feel about the entire record.
In the context of great music and great albums, "Pipes Of Peace" isn't even a speck of lint on a dickey. But yet, when I listen to the "amazing records" and 5-star reviews of so many current bands and artists, I can recognize some good, but I rarely hear anything great. There are some, of course, that achieve greatness. But this is more about songs and song structure and the ability to create something memorable. Music doesn't always have to be so demanding.
Paul McCartney's solo career has arguably had more lemons than gems, and convincing the toughest of critics to reevaluate "Pipes Of Peace" is a hard sell. But if you can just step back for a minute and pull the tunes from this album at random, you should notice that there is something here that is missing from a lot of what is currently passed off as great. Even "Say Say Say," the hit duet with Michael Jackson that used to send me screaming in the opposite direction of whatever box it was playing on, has aged well and has tremendous pop appeal.
Okay, maybe this is a post about some revelation regarding Paul McCartney's mostly crappy album "Pipes Of Peace."