Driving Rain

  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2001

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Mojo
    A satisfying, and often very moving, body of work. [Dec 2001, p.100]
  2. It's a nice blend of the self-conscious Flowers in the Dirt and the organic, natural Flaming Pie, combining the craft of the former with the attitude of the latter.
  3. McCartney has embraced the small-combo spirit that made Run Devil Run, his 1999 album of rock & roll covers, such a triumph.
  4. 80
    As one would expect, it's the ballads on Driving Rain that wield the greatest power.
  5. Blender
    If this collection has a coherent theme, it's the cautious joy of a man making his emotional recovery. [#4, p.119]
  6. Way too many of these 16 tunes sound like they were scribbled down right before the band plugged in.
  7. Sir Paul is largely on top form.
  8. This set may not satisfy every fan, but it should please those who have hoped that McCartney would branch out from a safe sound.
  9. While [Linda's] death hangs over much of Driving Rain, Macca's knack for taking a sad song and making it better means tracks like "Lonely Road," "It Must Have Been Magic," "Your Way" and "Back in the Sunshine" are redemption songs, not exercises in self-pity.
  10. Uncut
    Possibly a grower, this album is certainly better than anything Macca's done for some while. [Jan 2002, p.131]
  11. It's more or less business as usual, with a few highlights balancing a fair amount of filler.
  12. 'Driving Rain' is supposed to be raw, spontaneous and unpolished, when in fact it's perfectly pleasant, unable to resist the McCartney default modes of jauntiness and sentimentality.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. RonaldG.
    Aug 12, 2007
    Lonely Road should have been a #1 hit. McCartney gets experimental and by and large it's enjoyably interesting.
  2. Sophie
    Jul 31, 2007
    A solid offering, but one of his weaker albums. 'Chaos And Creation' is much better in my opinion, but still an enjoyable and A solid offering, but one of his weaker albums. 'Chaos And Creation' is much better in my opinion, but still an enjoyable and interesting listen. Full Review »
  3. lubomirs
    Jan 6, 2007
    beautiful album, full of delightful melodies and inventions. Paul continuing in his late rennesaince period.