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Memory Almost Full [Paul McCartney]

  • 1. Dance Tonight
    2. Ever Present Past
    3. See Your Sunshine
    4. Only Mama Knows
    5. You Tell Me
    6. Mr. Bellamy
    7. Gratitude
    8. Vintage Clothes
    9. That Was Me
    10. Feet in the Clouds
    11. House of Wax
    12. End of the End, The
    13. Nod Your Head
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): HMCD-30348

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Kahne
    EngineerDavid Kahne; Geoff Emerick; Steve Orchard; Paul Hicks; Adam Noble

    Personnel: Rusty Anderson (guitar); Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards); Brian Ray (bass guitar); Abe Laboriel, Jr. (drums).
    The first release from the Starbucks-backed Hear Music label, 2007's MEMORY ALMOST FULL, is a significant point in Paul McCartney's long and legendary career. Not only does it mark the end of his decades-long relationship with Capitol Records, MEMORY is easily one of McCartney's most Beatlesque solo outings, a notion particularly reinforced by the album's ABBEY ROAD-styled closing suite.
    Even before that dynamic medley, however, McCartney offers up some of his most vibrant songs in years--most notably the jangly opener, "Dance Tonight," and "Ever Present Past," a wonderfully catchy ode to memory--and these tracks contrast well with the largely subdued numbers on CHAOS AND CREATION IN THE BACKYARD. As with that preceding pop-oriented outing, Macca plays almost all instruments himself, although instead of working with producer Nigel Godrich again, he goes back to working with David Kahne for a more muscular, straight-ahead sound. By the time the upbeat "That Was Me" signals the record's closing sequence, it is abundantly clear that this is top-shelf McCartney, and listeners can almost hear a hearty round of applause as "Nod Your Head" brings MEMORY to its majestic end.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "'Vintage Clothes' and 'Feet in the Clouds' incarnate his nostalgia and whimsy with some wit and considerable musical invention."
    Rolling Stone (p.111) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Top Albums of the Year 2007" -- "[A]t once briskly modern and obsessively retrospective."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.80) - "It's his version of Bob Dylan's TIME OUT OF MIND...if TIME OUT OF MIND had cutthroat pop instincts and whistling solos....MEMORY is beautifully elegiac..." -- Grade: A-
    Uncut (p.106) - 3 stars out of 5 -- [W]ith a breezy determination not to take itself too seriously....He downloads random memories in his journey from Speke to superstardom with warmth and more than a dash of wry humour."
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