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  • Summary: 'Memory' marks the former Beatle's first release for Starbucks' Hear Music label. David Kahne produced the 13-song set.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. It's a way more focused album than usual.
  2. On the surface, it's bright and accessible, as easy to enjoy as the best of Paul's solo albums, but it lingers in the heart and mind in a way uncommon to the rest of his work, and to many other latter-day albums from his peers as well.
  3. Missing, thankfully, are the twee Paulie-isms that often insult our intelligence, making Memory Almost Full that rare thing, a modern-day Paul McCartney you can listen to without wincing.
  4. Memory Almost Full is as good as an album as this devotee of frivolity can make in his mid-sixties.
  5. Where once Macca seduced us with great melodies, simple songs and great musicians, here the musical sledgehammer is on show too often.
  6. A combination of insipid songs and uniformly soulless performances, it deserves high placement among the other legendary Macca misfires Pipes Of Peace, Press To Play, Off The Ground, Tug Of War and Red Rose Speedway.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 106
  2. Negative: 14 out of 106
  1. LeonL.
    Sep 15, 2007
    10
    I don't care what you wanna be, I go back so far, I'm in front of me ! Paul is the best singer, musician and songwriter ever !!! I don't care what you wanna be, I go back so far, I'm in front of me ! Paul is the best singer, musician and songwriter ever !!! Die suckers !!! Expand
  2. christopherl
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    Awesome album maybe one of his best (post Beatles).
  3. MichaelW
    May 21, 2007
    10
    This album is clearly one of McCartney's best - inventive, whimsical, and surprisingly mature. With the exception of the last track This album is clearly one of McCartney's best - inventive, whimsical, and surprisingly mature. With the exception of the last track (even though it is completely a throw away it still sticks in your head) this album is almost like a retrospective of his entire career - but with new songs. The epic 'House of Wax' may be one of his best ever. 'Only Momma Knows' is a true Macca rocker! No schmaltz on this latest album - On the second listen I ws completely in love with it (exception 'Nod Your Head'). Expand
  4. AlexP
    Jun 21, 2007
    10
    Great album...great music, every track on it is different and meaningful. If you get a chance, buy this one.
  5. kevinm
    Jun 7, 2007
    9
    I hate analogies but...If Chaos and Creation is Schindler's List, then Memory is E.T., they are made by the same person but are totally I hate analogies but...If Chaos and Creation is Schindler's List, then Memory is E.T., they are made by the same person but are totally different!. Hard to believe that the same man can be so good at completely projects. And a note to the people who rated this album a 0, I would bet my house you are not the Macca fans you claim to be. I can be very critical of Paul (Broadstreet, Pipes), believe me! In fact, I bet you are not music fans at all. Expand
  6. MaxC
    Jun 7, 2007
    8
    It's already grown on me like crazy since Tuesday's release. It's fantastic, the energy Paul displays on this album is just It's already grown on me like crazy since Tuesday's release. It's fantastic, the energy Paul displays on this album is just phenomenal. His vocals are the strongest and most natural they've been since the late 70s and although the album includes a couple of songs that are no great shakes in the lyrics department, the music and energy more than makes up for it. "Dance Tonight" is a simple, bare bones song with a slightly Lindsey Buckingham penchant and his mandolin playing is totally pleasant and welcome. "Ever Present Past" is an absolute highlight - fantastic melody, strong lyrics and some outstanding vocals. Other highlights include "Vintage" which actually grew on me because at first I was far from sold. "Mr. Bellamy" is wonderful - such a simple piano hook that manages to be totally addictive. "Nod Your Head" is vocally in the "Helter Skelter" range and although it's again not too great lyrically - it's still absolutely infectious. Is it as strong as 2005's "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard"? I don't think so but it's still an absolute winner and the kind of album that grows on you with every listen. And again, I mean, Paul has always been great vocally but he's really particularly strong here, incredible. The man's 64 ! Expand
  7. ArtS
    Jun 4, 2007
    0
    Wow, what a bore

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