Saturday, 15 November 2014


Various artists, "The Art of McCartney" (Arctic Poppy)
This two-disc Paul McCartney tribute is a decade-in-the-making labour of love by one man, producer Ralph Sall.

Sall enlists Paul's current backup band to fill the same role on this 34-song effort (42 with the deluxe package). He recruits primarily legacy artists whose best work is behind them, often decades behind.
The compositions are excellent, even if the performances don't always rise to that level.

Bringing in some current and more diverse artists —maybe a Katy Perry or Pharrell— and letting them interpret the music freed from a band with its own preconceptions would have been infinitely more interesting. So would digging further into Paul's vast catalogue, including some work he's done this century.

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