Chaos And Creation In The Backyard

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  • Summary: Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich helms the bassist's 20th post-Beatles album, which finds McCartney in true solo mode, playing every instrument on these 13 songs.

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This Never Happened Before
I'm very sure, this never happened to me before I met you and now I'm sure This never happened before Now I see, this is the way it's supposed to... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Never in his career has McCartney seemed more serious in tone and more aware of the play of his lyrics as poetry.
  2. Uncut
    These are McCartney's most arresting songs for a long, long while. [Oct 2005, p.94]
  3. For all the nods to the past, not a note of Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard comes close to Beatle standards: it's an intriguing diversion rather than a major addition to the canon. What it has is a sense of purpose, lovely tunes in abundance, and charm.
  4. Los Angeles Times
    This is the intimate McCartney in the vein of his 1970 solo debut or "London Town," and the comfort allowed him to be as unguarded as he's ever been. [4 Sep 2005]
  5. No one was expecting Godrich to turn this noble British pop institution into Radiohead, of course. But the glimpses of greatness are enough to leave you wishing that bottle had prevailed and more in the vein of "Too Much Rain" had resulted.
  6. Q Magazine
    He's found some endearing and unexpectedly affecting songs. [Oct 2005, p.120]
  7. Blender
    It's rather straight where [his 1970 debut] was eccentric and charming. [Oct 2005, p.139]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 6 out of 167
  1. Aug 22, 2014
    I'm a big McCartney fan but that said, rate this as one of his very best solo albums. A little downbeat at times, but much of his best workI'm a big McCartney fan but that said, rate this as one of his very best solo albums. A little downbeat at times, but much of his best work is, this album really displays the brilliance of his song-writing. Although some of his more recent albums have been inconsistent, this one isn't and deserves more acclaim than it received. The reason for this is more than likely simply due to the quality of his back catalogue and the fact that Paul McCartney writing great songs was no longer news in 2005. Expand
  2. BrienC
    Sep 29, 2005
    This album has six masterpiece songs. It is his best ever.
  3. RachelD
    Sep 15, 2005
    Pure genius. Macca at his very best.
  4. JUANO
    Jan 10, 2006
    Spectacular album from the undoubtly best songwriter of all time.
  5. BoF
    Sep 16, 2005
    His best work since Flowers In The Dirt. Not as good as Band On The Run, but on the same level as McCartney, Ram, McCartney II and Tug Of War
  6. TonyB
    Nov 5, 2005
    Best stuff since' Band On The Run'. The CD definately grows on you.
  7. VazquezA
    Sep 18, 2005
    This is a horrible cd.

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