Driving Rain - Paul McCartney
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  • Summary: This is the former Beatle's first album of original recordings since 1997's 'Flaming Pie.'
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    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. 80
    If this collection has a coherent theme, it's the cautious joy of a man making his emotional recovery. [#4, p.119]
  4. This set may not satisfy every fan, but it should please those who have hoped that McCartney would branch out from a safe sound.
  5. Sir Paul is largely on top form.
  6. 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.
  7. It's more or less business as usual, with a few highlights balancing a fair amount of filler.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. lubomirs
    Jan 6, 2007
    beautiful album, full of delightful melodies and inventions. Paul continuing in his late rennesaince period.
  2. JanV
    Jun 11, 2005
    Great album from the one and only living legend.
  3. AlexA
    Nov 21, 2006
    Up there, among the best Macca records.
  4. ZenMan
    Feb 28, 2002
    You have to admit its getting better.
  5. Rev.Rikard
    Oct 5, 2005
    McCartney's greatest gift has always been his ability to create melody, and combine various melodies into one song (I.e. "Band on the Run") However, this album sounds a little too "forced." Though it is still a good, solid album, it lacks the creative flow of Sir Paul at his best. Expand
  6. SantiagoS
    Aug 29, 2003
    One of the best records Paul has ever done. Kind of going back to the midseventies (harsh voice, rough guitars), and at the same plenty of experimentalism and odd things (Indian touches, long jams, backwards tapes). And, of course, family and love. Expand
  7. JeffD
    Apr 12, 2006
    This is just plain awful. From the inanity of the title track's "1-2-3-4-5, Let's go for a drive" to the inanity of "I Do", "Spinning on An Axis" and "Heather". Saved from a rating of 1 only by standouts "Lonley Road", "Your Loving Flame", and "Rinse the Raindrops". If you were a fan of "Back to the Egg" this is the album for you. If you were a fan of "Flowers in the Dirt" you'll be very disappointed. Expand

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