13 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since his Beatle days, Paul McCartney has been interested in the possibilities of pure sound. The avant-garde tape loops weren’t just the ideas of his buddy and bandmate John Lennon; they also came from McCartney’s interest in the works of electronic composers like Stockhausen. This “alter ego” McCartney release with producer Youth (U2, The Orb) was cut in 13 days, with a track completed in each 24-hour period. The opening cut, “Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight,” crushes like a modified attempt at “Helter Skelter.” “Two Magpies” follows up as a White Album–style acoustic guitar ballad gone awry. “Sing the Changes” could be mistaken for a U2 track with its cathedral of reverb. Make no mistake, however; this isn’t “difficult” music. It's just not the traditional McCartney fare, with more in common with modern rock bands who skewer off the map (see Radiohead). “Highway” turns tribal. “Is This Love?” works on a subliminal level. “Light from the Lighthouse” sounds like a religious jamboree recorded under the auspices of night.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ever since his Beatle days, Paul McCartney has been interested in the possibilities of pure sound. The avant-garde tape loops weren’t just the ideas of his buddy and bandmate John Lennon; they also came from McCartney’s interest in the works of electronic composers like Stockhausen. This “alter ego” McCartney release with producer Youth (U2, The Orb) was cut in 13 days, with a track completed in each 24-hour period. The opening cut, “Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight,” crushes like a modified attempt at “Helter Skelter.” “Two Magpies” follows up as a White Album–style acoustic guitar ballad gone awry. “Sing the Changes” could be mistaken for a U2 track with its cathedral of reverb. Make no mistake, however; this isn’t “difficult” music. It's just not the traditional McCartney fare, with more in common with modern rock bands who skewer off the map (see Radiohead). “Highway” turns tribal. “Is This Love?” works on a subliminal level. “Light from the Lighthouse” sounds like a religious jamboree recorded under the auspices of night.

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