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McCartney II - Paul McCartney | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. New Releases Featured New Releases Editors' Choice All New Releases Discover Genres Moods Themes Blues Classical Country Electronic Folk International Jazz Latin New Age Pop/Rock Rap R&B Reggae Stage & Screen All Genres Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy Energetic Happy Hypnotic Laid Back/Mellow Melancholy Passionate Romantic Sad Sentimental Sexy Trippy All Moods Background Music Celebration Cool & Cocky Drinking Hanging Out In Love Introspection Late Night Partying Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip Romantic Evening Sex All Themes Articles Features Interviews Lists Streams Videos All Posts Recommendations My Profile Advanced Search Facebook Twitter Tumblr RSS McCartney II Discography Browser previous The Family Way [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] McCartney Ram Wild Life Red Rose Speedway Band on the Run Venus and Mars Wings at the Speed of Sound Wings Over America London Town Back to the Egg McCartney II Tug of War Pipes of Peace Give My Regards to Broad Street Press to Play Choba B CCCP Flowers in the Dirt Tripping the Live Fantastic Unplugged (The Official Bootleg) Liverpool Oratorio Off the Ground Paul is Live Paul McCartney: The Family Way Variations Concertantes, Op. 1 Flaming Pie Paul McCartney's Standing Stone Run Devil Run Liverpool Sound Collage Driving Rain Back in the U.S. Back in the World: Live Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Ecce Cor Meum Memory Almost Full Good Evening New York City Paul McCartney's Ocean's Kingdom Kisses on the Bottom New Egypt Station nextRelease DateMay 21, 1980Duration01:26:48Genre Pop/Rock Styles Contemporary Pop/Rock Soft Rock Album Rock Recording Location Lower Gate Farm, Sussex Lower Ranachan, Scotland The Apollo, Glasgow Submit Corrections Album Moods Carefree Freewheeling Irreverent Playful Quirky Sentimental Silly Whimsical Paul McCartney McCartney II

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Entitled McCartney II because its one-man band approach mirrors that of his first solo album, Paul McCartney 's first record since the breakup of Wings was greeted upon its release as a return to form, especially since its synth-heavy arrangements seemed to represent his acceptance of new wave. In retrospect, the record is muddled and confused, nowhere more so than on the frazzled sequencing of "Temporary Secretary," where McCartney spits out ridiculous lyrics with a self-consciously atonal melody over gurgling synths. Things rarely get worse than that, and occasionally, as in the effortless hooks of "Coming Up," the record is quite enjoyable. Nevertheless, the majority of McCartney II is forced, and its lack of memorable melodies is accentuated by the stiff electronics, which were not innovative at the time and are even more awkward in the present. At least McCartney II finds Paul in an adventurous state of mind, which is a relief after years of formulaic pop. In some ways, the fact that he was trying was more relevant than the fact that the experiments failed.

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8 03:41
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