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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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  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
    90
    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
    75
    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
    70
    He's found some endearing and unexpectedly affecting songs. [Oct 2005, p.120]
  7. Blender
    40
    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 168
  1. Oct 22, 2017
    10
    This is an amazing album. Definitely one of his best, ever. Jenny Wren is his best song ever made, and This never happend before is closeThis is an amazing album. Definitely one of his best, ever. Jenny Wren is his best song ever made, and This never happend before is close after. Truly recommend! Expand
  2. SigurdurB
    Sep 29, 2005
    10
    Just a brilliant album, it grows on you and seems to be one of his all time greatest. Enjoyment troughout!
  3. RachelD
    Sep 15, 2005
    10
    Pure genius. Macca at his very best.
  4. JUANO
    Jan 10, 2006
    10
    Spectacular album from the undoubtly best songwriter of all time.
  5. JoeL
    Sep 16, 2005
    9
    Once again, amazing song writing. Paul still has a lot to say. Just like many McCartney releases, it takes a few go arounds to get a feel for Once again, amazing song writing. Paul still has a lot to say. Just like many McCartney releases, it takes a few go arounds to get a feel for the music. But then something happens, and you start to know and love the music. This CD was great and has many layers that the listener will enjoy uncovering. Expand
  6. RichardB
    Nov 5, 2005
    9
    I hear bits and pieces of the glory days!
  7. VazquezA
    Sep 18, 2005
    0
    This is a horrible cd.

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