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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Wow - Beatle Flashbacks, Dude

I found this interesting record by The Fireman  yesterday named "Electric Arguments". This is essentially a disguised Paul McCartney record.

As my regular readers will know I listen to a lot of music from diverse styles (from opera to speed metal). I'm not wowed by a record very often, this one did for me. To be honest, I've been less than impressed with Paul's solo work. There are bright spots like the records 'McCartney', 'Ram', 'Band on the Run'and 'Flowers in the Dirt' - but for the most part his solo career can't compare to wonderful and transparent Lennon records like 'Plastic Ono Band', 'Double Fantasy' and 'Mind Games'.

However, this record really grabbed me, starting with the searing blues on the first song, "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight" and the transcendent "Sing the Changes" with the repeating lyrics (is there a faith influence here???):
"sing his praises as you're sleeping
see the changes any wonder
feel the sense of childlike wonder
sing his praises as you're sleeping
see the changes as you're sleeping
feel the choir in the thunder"
Not every song is a winner - and the record kind of fizzles into electronic music. But there are some very great moments. Paul is now pushing 70 - but he reminds us that he is still a Beatle. You can buy the record here or any of your favorite locations.

By the way - here are my favorite releases of 2008:

Cardinology - Ryan Adams and the Cardinals
Little Honey - Lucinda Williams
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Electric Arguments - The Fireman

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