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McCartney

Paul McCartney

1970

McCartney
Album Summary

McCartney is the debut solo album by English musician Paul McCartney, released on 17 April 1970 by Apple Records. McCartney recorded it in secrecy, mostly using basic home-recording equipment at his house in St John's Wood. Mixing and some recording took place at professional London studios. In its loosely arranged performances, McCartney eschewed the polish of the Beatles' past records in favour of a lo-fi style. Apart from occasional contributions by his wife, Linda, McCartney performed the entire album alone by overdubbing on four-track tape. McCartney recorded the album during a period of depression and confusion, following John Lennon's private departure from the Beatles in September 1969. Conflicts over the release of McCartney's album further estranged him from his bandmates, as he refused to delay the album's release to allow for Apple's previously scheduled titles, notably the Beatles' album Let It Be. A press release in the form of a self-interview supplied with UK promotional copies of McCartney led to the Beatles' break-up. McCartney received mostly negative reviews, while McCartney was vilified for seemingly ending the Beatles. The record was widely criticised for being under-produced and for its unfinished songs, although the ballad "Maybe I'm Amazed" was consistently singled out for praise. Commercially, McCartney benefited from the publicity surrounding the break-up; it held the number 1 position for three weeks on the US Billboard Top LPs before yielding that position to Let It Be. It peaked at number 2 in Britain. In later years, the album was credited for having had an impact on DIY musicians and lo-fi music styles. McCartney also recorded two successor albums: McCartney II (1980) and McCartney III (2020). In 2011, the first McCartney record was reissued with bonus tracks as part of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection.

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Fri Jun 09 2023
4

say you want about this album being half baked but fuck you it’s Paul McCartney you dumb fuck. these songs are perfect just the way they are. they don’t need anything else. AND this is the first indie rock album…show some respect!!!!

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Tue Apr 25 2023
2

As one of the components that make up The Beatles you’d expect a lot from a solo album from Paul McCartney, especially considering the time this was released was just after their critically acclaimed record ‘Abbey Road’. However, you find this album to be nothing like that, as Paul takes on his own approach to an album which ends up feeling pretty muddled. This album is a weird mix of instrumental tracks along with some lyrical tracks. Considering this is a self titled album, it’s strange that it’s confused on what it wants to be. For the first half it seems like McCartney is trying to do his best Elvis impression and it just feels so out of character, this is especially seen in ‘That Would Be Something’ which resembles Elvia’ ‘Kentucky Rain’ with McCartney’s strange vocal inflections added in, which end up being a running theme in this album with him singing along to the instrumentals multiple times which makes this feel like a live recording. The best song here is ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ by a country mile as you can actually hear Paul put in some soul into this track, plus the guitar is fantastic. It’s then just a shame that the album ends on this unique drum solo and McCartney breathing which I don’t think he has a right to do considering he barely put any effort into the vocals throughout this album. I did just find this album a bit boring, the first couple of tracks put me off so much that the none of the rest of the album really made me feel like I would thoroughly enjoy this album. I’d come back to 1 or 2 songs but for the rest of the album I’d just listen to some Elvis instead. 2/5

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Tue May 16 2023
5

I enjoyed this album a lot! It's impressive how this album really shows how much ahead of his time McCartney was in 1970. His first songs with more experimentalism mixed with some songs that still sounded Beatles-esque but included much more texture, which was really impressive. I hope to see more McCartney in the 1001 list because this is someone that deserves to be listened to.

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Sat Jun 17 2023
1

More like a sketchbook than an album

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

Ja, ik vind dus leuke muziek. Geinig dat dit eerste post-Beatles-album meteen al klinkt als een solo-Paul McCartney-plaat. De kenmerkende samenzang is weg en in plaats daarvan horen we Paul lekker aanklooien in zijn huisstudio, en af en toe komt Linda hem een kopje thee brengen. Ik ga (denk ik) niet alle McCartney-platen vijf sterren geven, maar ook deze keer kan ik het niet laten.

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Wed Jun 28 2023
5

I appreciate his down to earth, self recorded lo-fi approach. He didn't need to prove anything to anybody at this point, and instead we get a more intimate view into his musical life - just jamming with himself - playing all the instruments like it's no thing.

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Sun Jul 02 2023
5

This was an interesting album - lo-fi, homemade, pretty much just a jam session of an album from the early days of lo-fi music. It's an intimate peer into McCartney's musical life, fully produced by just him, and performed by just him with the addition of some harmony vocals from his wife, overdubbed onto four-track tape. Originally viewed very negatively and vilified for seemingly killing The Beatles, this record was eventually credited for its influence on DIY and Lo-Fi music. The story of this one is just as interesting as the album itself, and honestly I thought the album was great too. It's a nice and pleasant rock jam - It may seem rough and unfinished, like a collection of demos, but a lot of charm comes from that. It doesn't try to be anything more - at this point he didn't need to prove anything to anyone, besides proving to himself that he would survive in his post-Beatles future, and I think that's beautiful. Favourite: That Would Be Something

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Thu Aug 10 2023
5

Some great songs and some okay. Overall really enjoyed

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Fri Aug 18 2023
5

McCartneys first home-made album and it shows. Production is patchy and the drums in particular are plodding. But there are some wonderful highlights - Every night, Maybe I'm amazed, Junk, That would be something. Four-and-a-half stars.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
5

This dude loved his wife I love this era of McCartney there’s just no fat on any song, in and out, all hooks

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

Not quite The Beatles, not quite Wings, but all Paul. Good good good.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
5

This album isn't epic or earth shattering, but it does feel very intimate and casual, like you're just hanging out with Paul instead of The Legendary Beatle. It made me feel very happy listening to it.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
5

Très cool ! Je n’avais jamais écouté de chansons de Paul McCartney jusqu’à présent mais je savais que ça me plairait bien !

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Tue Nov 14 2023
5

This is the sound of a depressed man missing his friends and figuring out what to do next. It's not the greatest thing McCartney ever produced, but he's so immensely talented that there are still masterpieces on here. "Maybe I'm Amazed" is wonderful.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

It's Maca what's not to love

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

A personal favorite. Such an easy album to listen to. A perfect album to play on a Sunday. I like how loose it is. It feels unpretentious. It’s got that feeling of a friend playing you half a song on guitar or tinkering with some little melody that’s stuck in their head. I also think it’s romantic in a quiet, simple way. That’s how I think of romance anyway — small gestures and little moments. I don’t usually think of romance and love in terms of grand gestures and big moments. For me, it’s the daily domestic life and the inside jokes no one else would understand. Something about “The Lovely Linda” and “That Would Be Something” capture that feeling for me. But if you’re looking for the big grand gesture, the album does have “Maybe I’m Amazed,” which is a classic. A number of years back Dree and I got on a kick with this album and played it a ton. So I’ll always associate this music with us. I love this album cover too.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

I have this one on vinyl! It's a good one :)

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Thu Nov 30 2023
5

5 easy, je connais et jadore, j'ai réécouté souvent et c'est dans ces meilleurs.

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Sat Dec 02 2023
5

Hard to argue with the positive reviews here. Yes it's not perfect. That's the point. He's just doing what he wants, all on his little own. Some absolutely perfect pieces of music here though, and the whole album is just a pleasure to listen to. Very much also worth checking McCartney 2 and Ram, and I am a little surprised to see they aren't also in the book. Still, there's lots of Beatles of various shapes.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

Loved the more avant-garde nature of some of the tracks.

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Wed Jan 10 2024
5

A knockout lofi album, which came as a bit of a shock.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Freed from what had been becoming the confines of the world's most famous band, this album is a sketch of what is to come on McCartney's own. Playing all the instruments and helped only by backing vocals by Linda on a home 4 track machine, this started as a decidedly lo-fi affair with the the first track The Lovely Linda a test for running the new equipment. But even his doodles have the potential for a top 40 hit. For me this just reinforces the brilliance of his songwriting and arranging. And for being a stripped down affair with minimal effects, it's still pretty damn polished. The mix of instrumentals and sung songs is a demonstration of someone stretching his wings, proving what we already knew: Hands down he is the best pop songwriter of his generation (I'll be biased and say he's the best songwriter out there, but I won't be alone in that assessment). Maybe I'm Amazed (seemingly appropriate towards the end of the album) remains my favorite, but if I had to pick a couple of standouts, Man We Was Lonely and Oo You would be it. But there truly isn't a weak one on here. Just an incredible album.

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Sat Jan 13 2024
5

I really enjoyed this album. I have always been in the John Lennon camp but did remember the easy & fluidity of Paul’s vocals. Listened to this on a hike through the redwoods, just perfect.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

Maybe I'm amazed that this album is on this list. 1/5

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

McCartney This is very hard to work out how to score. In the context of all his solo work? In the context of the end of the Beatles? In the context of what he was intending it to be at the time? As a stand alone album? How influential it turned out to be? The fact he did it all himself? And, as we know, I’m also quite blinkered when it comes to Macca. The thing is I do love love this album, even though it is a bit inconsistent and loose - but it’s those inconsistencies and that looseness that gives it so much charm and so much appeal. The sum of its parts give it a vibe that carries the whole thing past any imperfections. Macca being Macca even the inconsistent throwaway tracks like Valentine Day, Hot as Sun/Glasses, Oo You, Kreen Akore have enough melodic inventiveness and musicality to be at the very least interesting and diverting. Also it has some of his best solo songs That Would Be Something Every Night Junk (one of my absolute favourite melodies of his) Maybe I’m Amazed (he did play an early idea of this at, I think, the Get Back or Abbey Road sessions - imagine if this had had the full Beatles treatment) Just those 4 songs would be enough peaks for most people in their whole careers and he just tossed them off on a farm in Scotland while the biggest musical act of all time that he was part of was disintegrating. That’s why it’s hard to rate it as a stand-alone album, devoid of context and personal bias. I enjoy it thoroughly each time I listen to it, and despite the slightly disjointed nature of it, I think it works brilliantly as a entire listening experience - it’s one of those albums that is best listened to in one sitting. It’s easily in my top 5 Macca solo albums. Although it has its flaws, it’s really appeals to me and always love and enjoy it when I put it on, so I think I can’t not give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

Fabulous! McCartney was/is a legend, like Gershwin and Cole Porter, etc.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

4.8 - Paul McCartney in his prime. I feel like he's really letting himself flourish after leaving the Beatles. Loved the whole thing

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

I was really pleased to see this album come up, as I wasn't sure we'd be getting any non-Wings McCartney albums. While it lacks the full-band punch of something like Band on the Run, I feel like this album best showcases Paul's raw creativity better than practically anything else he has done. I think it also effectively puts to rest any ideas that Paul was somehow less innovative than his bandmates in the Beatles. There are songs on this album that sound 40 years ahead of their time. Yeah, some of the individual songs seem like fragments that he hadn't completely fleshed out, but that bare bones quality is what gives these songs their charm. When he gets it just right, it's stunningly beautiful, some of the loveliest songs of McCartney's career. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Maybe I'm Amazed, Junk/Singalong Junk, Every Night, Man We Was Lonely, Teddy Boy, Momma Miss America, Oo You, The Lovely Linda, Hot as Sun/Glasses, Valentine Day, That Would Be Something, Kreen-Akrore

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Sat Feb 10 2024
5

Probably not as strong as the other McCartney's and can also understand how this may have had a less than favourable reception as his first post Beatles release but can't say the man hasn't done exactly what he wants, when he wants since day one. Interestingly I've been listening to a lot of Chuck Berry's San Francisco Dues at the same time as this and can hear a heaeeeaaapp of influence on McCartney's style.

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Sat Apr 29 2023
4

Wel oké. Iets minder zweverig dan wat de Beatles zijn. En wat meer bluesrock achtig

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Fri May 12 2023
4

moglo je i bolje, al opet...moglo je i gore. dobar 3.5.

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Fri May 12 2023
4

Ramshackle, melodic beauty from the most melodic of the best band ever.

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Sun May 21 2023
4

Un manifest a l'alçada d'un geni. Fotos familiars, so lo-fi i cançons que van des la magnificiència de 'Maybe I'm Amazed' a la solvència de 'Teddy Boy', passant per exercicis inacabats, esbossos i experiments. Res més allunyat de la grandiloqüència de 'All Things Must Pass' o l'ambició de 'Plastic Ono Band'. Demostra la seguretat en les capacitats d'un mateix i el compromís només amb la pròpia creativitat

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Thu May 25 2023
4

Very charming and quaint listen. I've always been a fan of the McCartney sound and Junk and Teddy Boy are great examples of it. There's a lot of love and heart in these simple songs.

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Wed Jun 07 2023
4

Mostly light and fun and tuneful. Charmingly rough around the edges and tossed-off, with some winningly greasy/honky bits (e.g., "Momma Miss America") -- one has never dug the sickly-sweet and perfectionist Paul. The more polished "Maybe I'm Amazed" has never sounded better, shining through like a sunburst at the end.

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Sun Jun 11 2023
4

This is like a 3 or 3.5 for me. It has some really good songs and some really average ones too. Paul is my favorite Beatle so he gets a 4.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

It sounds like an album of Beatles demos or unreleased tracks. McCartney is a legendary songwriter and can churn out incredible melodies with such ease. That's definitely the case here, but his worst songwriting tendencies are also at play here. The album lacks direction and polish, the finishing touch that made his songs with The Beatles so special. I spent most of the album waiting for Maybe I'm Amazed.

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Sat Jun 24 2023
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Man we was lonely, Singalong junk, Maybe I’m amazed

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Thu Jul 06 2023
4

dimi zegt echt fucking slecht maat ouwe rakker maar decent album hoor goed voor op het werk.

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Thu Jul 06 2023
4

For some reason I always thought Paul's solo albums would be boring and I was so wrong. Loved it

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Thu Jul 06 2023
4

Brilliant album! Maybe I'm Amazed may be my favourite solo Beatles song and it's definitely my favourite solo Paul McCartney song

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Sat Jul 15 2023
4

Surprisingly, I liked McCartney more than I thought I would. I know Paul is talented, but I have had a hard time exploring his work post Beatles. "Maybe I'm Amazed" was the only track from this album that I've heard before, which felt like the most Beatles-esque of the tracks but not necessarily my favorite track on the album. I particularly enjoyed the instrumentals and the tracks that dipped into blues (e.g., "Valentine Day"). I rated side two higher than side 1, but the whole album consistently rose above good. "That Would Be Something" dipped down in to the "okay, I guess" range. I could probably come back to find out what I missed the first time.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

This is really good. Some amazing stuff on there. Was a bit weird the wide range of styles on there, I kind of feel that an album shouldn't just be loads of random different styles but then again they are all great.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

Honestly it isn't mad how many songs PM wrote, like its actually unbelievable this amount of stuff came from one brain. This was a wonderful album, some real highlights were Maybe I'm Amazed. A fantastic mix of warm styles

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

I rarely listen to McCartney albums but when I do I really love it! This is just one of those annual reminders to listen to his best albums again. This is a corker, classic McCartney song-writing story-telling and also just stringing nonsense together to make some nice art. The unique riffs, melodies, lyrics and sounds somehow all have a signature McCartney vibe which I can't put my finger on which brings it all together and makes it so clearly his. Love Man we was Lonely, Singalong Junk. A great time listening to this.

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Sat Jul 22 2023
4

Pop rock blues. Interesante.

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Sat Jul 22 2023
4

The great thing about this album is that it shows just how weird Paul McCartney is. He made an album that many saw at the time as unfinished that spanned multiple genres and wasn't afraid to lean into the saccharine. It is at times conventional and at times experimental and somehow remains so distinctly McCartney. His gift for melody is unmatched and I really like how homemade this album is. It's not his best work, but there is a lot of joy in this album that is hard to ignore.

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

Sweeter than expected and as much of an easygoing treat as I hoped. The record runs short, and within there's plenty of variation on short; Guitar solo's pretty nice; Melancholy tempers the effect just enough. Music's never finished, a recording-based project tends to obscure.

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Thu Aug 10 2023
4

Every song is good, but as a whole, I think it could have better organization. Kind of feels like a collection of Beatles leftovers.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
4

I was absolutely going to make a joke about how Macca Two better be on this list if you’re gonna include One and Ram. But Ram isn’t even on this list. Tug of War? Nope! What is this f-ing list without Ram?

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Mon Aug 21 2023
4

I can see why this album was so hated when it came out since everyone basically expected another Beatles album and also blamed Paul for the breakup, but this was a really great standalone album. It’s admirable that Paul decided to go so far in his own direction with a lofi, one man production that still has the trademark Beatles songwriting but in Paul’s own way. Every night was the standout for me.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
4

Maybe I’m Amazed is a great song but otherwise there isn’t much substance to this album. I could see myself listening to it if I was in the right mood but it’s not an everyday sort of album for me. 7/10

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Sun Sep 10 2023
4

Kind of generic considering his other output but even generic Macca is still pretty boss

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

te quiero mucho paul mccartney 8/10

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Fri Sep 22 2023
4

This is a beautiful collection of strange mismatched songs that are held together by the fact they are all odd ducks. The songwriting feels easy, fun, and effortless while still remaining elegant. It’s really a great album, but there isn’t too much substance; some, but not enough for a fiver. 4/5

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Tue Sep 26 2023
4

I don't consider myself a big fan of Paul McCartney, but I don't mind his music. So, listening to the debut solo album seemed like it is something worth doing. I was not amazed.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
4

I really like the stripped down and raw kind of sound this album has. I have not listened to this before and found it enjoyable.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Despite all the talks that McCartney breaking up The Beatles, and that it sounds unfinished and using only basic and minimal equipment and mixing, this record is an amazing solo debut. Hailed as one of the pioneers of the Lo-fi sound, he brings a fresh take that I don't believe he could have achieved with The Beatles. Retrospectively he termed it as one of rock's first Indie albums - to which I don't disagree. Best: Every Night Worst: Kreen-Akrore

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Sun Oct 22 2023
4

Classic post-Beatles McCartney, if you’re into it.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

Tem umas músicas estranhas, mas em geral é muito bom

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Thu Oct 26 2023
4

Very good, a few bits of ob la di-esque trite but overall it had solid Beatles energy.

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Mon Nov 13 2023
4

Je connaissais l'histoire derrière cet album mais pas les chansons de cet album, à part la plus connue "Maybe I'm amazed". Cet album est sorti juste après la séparation des Beatles et Paul McCartney a enregistré la moitié des morceaux chez lui sur un magnétophone et joue de quasiment tous les instruments de l'album donc c'est assez impressionnant qu'il ait presque fait tout de A à Z. En terme de ressenti, je ne sais pas si l'album est court mais je trouve qu'il est passé très très vite, j'ai été surprise par les sortes d'interludes instrumentals mais très agréable à écouter. J'ai beaucoup aimé, je pense que je le réécouterai car il y a de belles mélodies (une en particulier mais je ne me souviens plus du titre).

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

This is a good but not great album. Honestly surprised at the number of instrumentals given Sir Paul's songwriting ability. One all-time classic and the rest are fine, but nowhere near that level. I was impressed that he played all of the instruments himself. I would give it a 3.5, but that rounds it up for me.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

Maybe I’m Amazing is a five star song. The rest of the album is very enjoyable, though not necessarily remarkable. Can’t really say a bad thing about it though.

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Tue Nov 14 2023
4

For years I said George was my favorite Beatle (and I do like him quite a lot) but I was kidding myself, goofy bouncy Paul will always have my heart. I don't even know how to articulate what the difference is between his noodling and Da Capo yesterday, but for example more meandering, lyric-less tracks like Momma Miss America work for me where that album just never clicked. Even Teddy Boy has chord changes that force me to pay attention. Every song here is listenable, and Maybe I'm Amazed is the 'cherry' on top.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

It's Paul, he's a Beatle. It's fine. But a bit uninspired.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

HL: “Junk”, “Maybe I’m Amazed”, “Every Night”, “Man We Was Lonely”, Maybe some of the critical roasting of this 1st draft of an album is justified, but I love it still <3 Favourite song is “Junk”, an off-cut from the Beatles days (I’ll even forgive that they played it twice!) November 15, 2023

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Wed Nov 22 2023
4

Everything by the Beatles or any side projects of the members have always gone down well with me. I’ve not listened to today’s album before, but I go into this optimistically. Hopefully it hits the spot, so let’s listen! Songs I already knew: none Favourites: Every Night, Hot As Sun There was a surprising amount of instrumental music here which was a pleasant surprise. Paul’s voice sounds as we expect it too, but absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that, so those vocal-less tracks make his voice stand out more. There’s a lovely blend of guitar and piano here, and some very catchy bass lines. This is an easy-to-recommend album.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
4

It's got all the jovial sing along cutesy pop rock that you would expect from a Paul McCartney record. "Maybe I'm Amazed" really stands out from the rest of the tracks though. Some of the songs sound like short little vignettes that come and go and then "Maybe I'm Amazed" comes out of the blue with this super thought out and perfected track. I think some of the mix leaves a bit to be desired. The Beatles were great at making songs that were great while only using a few layers, and this aims to do that too, but sometimes the tracks can feel pretty empty. But maybe simplicity was the intent and I'm overthinking it? It's hard for me to rate this album because it feels like a strong 3 but I think it can easily just as much be a 4. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
4

Paul McCartney just messing around in a home studio is better than most people messing around in a home studio, but it's still just messing around. There are at least 5 other McCartney solo albums that are more worthy of being on this list. Maybe I'm Amazed ranks among Paul's best songs though, and Every Night is also top tier McCartney. 4 stars.

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Tue Dec 05 2023
4

Skondin plata. Dálítið eins og herra Paul hafi mætt með eitt tilbúið lag í stúdíóið (Maybe I'm Amazed) og restin er bara svona... tilraunastarfsemi til að fylla upp í plötuna. Tilbúna lagið er hins vegar svo gott að það bætir margfalt upp fyrir skort á undirbúningi hinna laganna.

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Fri Dec 08 2023
4

An album that, under ordinary circumstances, I'd happily give a 2 or 3. There's an element of simplicity that usually grinds my gears with other artists. However, Paul McCartney makes it work with his mind-bending charm and heart he puts into his singing. The bare-bones instrumental approach to most of these tracks works excellently with his vocal. The only particularly complex arrangement, Maybe I'm Amazed, is also one of the best songs by any Beatles member. The remaining tracks, of which there are many, hit different in the context of McCartney's emotional state at the time, and there's something about them that just clicks. 4/5. Maybe I'm delusional. Maybe I'm amazed. Heh.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
4

Some good tracks but not really my thing

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Never listened to McCartney's solo albums. Really enjoyed.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
4

I don't like Paul McCartney generally. I like the John and George songs the most. He's a savant when it comes to writing songs – I'll not begrudge his obvious and monumental musical talent – but he's not my favorite. Or so I thought. I *like* this album. Apparently the Paul who's untethered and depressed about the direction his life is going to take after the dissolution of the Beatles is one I can relate to. I like the spare arrangements. I enjoy hearing the instrumentals. Depressed, no-budget, basement McCartney reveals the soul of the artist. I'm a little beside myself now, re-assessing my worldview.

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Thu Jan 04 2024
4

So what I got from context about this album is that is very much a messy experience getting this out 😂 But moving past the history of it as a whole, I was never really a fan of Paul McCartney. I understood his importance especially within the course of his "little band" but as a solo artist nothing about him every intrigued me. That didn't really change after hearing this (he's still my least favorite member from the Beatles) BUT I can appreciate what he was doing with this album. In no better words, he was basically testing every aspect of his own musicality. I really think this was his opportunity to throw everything he could at the drawing board and see what would stick. And given that there wasn't really any music sounding like this when he was around, its quite impressive. Not a bad attempt at all and APPARENTLY he gets better so I can honestly say I'm intrigued. Hopefully this list will give me more of his music to work through.. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
4

This album shows a little more "lofi/slacker" McCartney which is really refreshing from what we always hear from him. The songs are great, so well played and felt. Furthermore, it also gave birth to 2 of his best songs, Junk and Maybe I'm Amazed.

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Tue Jan 09 2024
4

Paul at his most spontaneous and free. The off the cuff approach that permeates these tracks is making this album feel alive and vibrant after all these years. This is almost slacker rock before its time!

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Wed Jan 10 2024
4

This McCartney guy is pretty good, I hope he sure continues to pursue music as a career. This is an interesting album with only a cpuple songs and then the rest are kind of jam samples. Overall, pretty good, though I so far prefer George Harrison's solo work immediately following the Beatle breakup.

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Inexplicably - despite being a Beatles obsessive for 50 years, apart from the odd McCartney release in the early 80s, and Band on the Run - I didn't go anywhere near any of the solo stuff until last year. This isn't Ram, or up with the other immediate post Beatles stuff, but there are moments that sink in and stay. Maybe I'm Amazed is stunning, what could the best backing band in history have added to it? The alternate takes on the archive version are equally cool

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Fri Jan 12 2024
4

Enjoyable listen. Doesn’t outstay its welcome

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Mon Jan 15 2024
4

McCartney is a masterful songwriter, and that really shows on this record. Each song is exactly what it needs to be and creates its own world. My only issue with this release is that it lacks a little cohesion and it's very short. Great release from Paul.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
4

McCartney's first album on his own has several songs that are teasers of what is to come from him in later works. Truly enjoyed revisiting this album, which I have had on vinyl for some time.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
4

Bonus point awarded for being Macca.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
4

His love for Linda was so real. First track is so sweet. This album feels mostly like a brain dump. Like he had been tooling around with ideas for years and finally got to put them on tape. There are two tracks called ‘Junk’, that seem to support that theory. And then Maybe I’m Amazed comes on and everything else is eclipsed. It’s got to be one of the most romantic songs of all time. It feels so authentic, so timeless. It’s probably the best thing he’s ever done. Paul gets a lot of shit, but he’s been the most prolific and most daring. Just doing whatever he feels like since 1970. I respect that he never seemed to follow the pop psychedelic trends and just did his own thing. There’s some really good stuff on this album. The songs about love, romance and Linda are the best. Added 6 tracks to my playlist.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Every time I listen to it I like it more. Macca without the perfectionism gives it a USP in his back catalogue. It almost feels like somebody has released an album without his knowledge, with tracks in various stages of completion, but I sort of like that. Every Night is a great song, Junk is lovely and Maybe I’m Amazed, Oo You, That would be something and Momma Miss America are superb. Lennon would have vetoed Teddy Boy - and I think did on earlier albums? - which would have helped, but even depressed and half engaged, McCartney is still better than 99% of his peers. Solid 4 stars for me

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Sun Jan 21 2024
4

Uuu every night is on this. Macca wanking it a lot. Should’ve hired a drummer.

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