Paul McCartney: Ocean's Kingdom Image
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  • Summary: The Beatle was commissioned by the New York City Ballet to compose the score for the romance between a water princess and a land-based prince.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 70
    Yet while it's not really great music, comparable to the masterful works of Tchaikovsky or Stravinsky, it has its day by the sea.
  2. 67
    A little watery. [7 Oct 2011, p.75]
  3. 60
    It's hardly groundbreaking stuff, but McCartney undeniably has an ear for melody.
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    60
    Aided by conductor and arranger John Wilson, who coaxes a first-rate performance from the London Classical Orchestra, Ocean's Kingdom is an accomplished if unremarkable foray into an unfamiliar medium by the ex-Fab Four polymath.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    Solid, competent stuff, but it's difficult, but it's difficult to imagine anyone wanting to listen to this in isolation. [Dec 2011, p.89]
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    50
    McCartney's music is appropriately romantic, sometimes to the extent that the moments intended to convey creeping tension or sadness bounce with a joyous gait.
  7. Oct 6, 2011
    30
    To use a fishy term, McCartney well and truly floundered with this one.

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  1. Nov 12, 2013
    5
    OK I am a new reviewer and I have reviewing my top cd's of 2013 and so, I felt compelled to review one cd I did not enjoy and I am sad to say it is Paul McCartney's cd I am a huge Beatles fan and I felt so bad about how things went with that tramp one-legged, gold-digging girlfriend he had, and still, this cd came up so short for me so sorry Sir Paul! Expand