Memory Almost Full - Paul McCartney
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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. An album full of perfect pop songs, which borrow and rework musical themes and motifs from across 40 years of McCartney's career.
  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: 88 out of 105
  2. Negative: 14 out of 105
  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 !!! Die suckers !!! Collapse
  2. christopherl
    Jun 9, 2007
    10
    Awesome album maybe one of his best (post Beatles).
  3. BradF
    May 29, 2007
    10
    This CD is a top 5 Macca solo CD, better than Flaming Pie and more fun than Chaos and Creation. As eclectic as Ram and Red Rose Speedway, Memory Almost Full is a masterpiece and a surprising one at that. 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. HamishM
    Jun 9, 2007
    9
    Filled with touches that deserve to be thought about deeply. The absent vocals on See Your Sunshine. The real meaning of "Nod your Head". The complex chords that reveal the fear underlying what's hiding under the persona. An album that will become more significant as years go by. 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 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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