|My Paul McCartney Albums List WORST to BEST|
Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most respected individuals in music. A former member of The Beatles, former leader of Wings, and a successful solo artist; Paul innovated Pop Music with his retrospective lyrics and arrangement of instruments. He is also credited for kickstarting the first ever "Concept Album" in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Even now, Paul continues to produce music with the same elegance and energy he had in the 1960's.
Give My Regards to Broad Street
Despite being produced by the great George Martin, Give My Regards to Broad Street was a train wreck. None of the tunes worked, the instrumentation was obscene, and the remakes of classic Paul songs were terrible. It's most definitely one of the worst Paul albums I have ever heard.
Press to Play
This was a terrible attempt at gaining mainstream attention. There was no creativity in the lyrics, no love to the songs, and everything felt sterile. Despite a producer trio of Paul and two others, nothing could save this album from mediocrity.
If the sound quality wasn't so poor I would have rated this higher as the instrumentation isn't bad. The problem lies in its attempt at being as experimentally interesting as his debut album. He must have forgot that the thing that made his debut good was in its minimalist structure, which McCartney II definitely lacked.
Run Devil Run
Paul's weird attempt at Rockabilly was some of the most cringe worthy stuff I had listened to. Throughout the album I could hear him faintly attempt a southern accent as his poor tone and structure made itself obvious. It was a nice thought, but perhaps this album wasn't a good idea in the first place.
Off the Ground
Pretty much every song sounded the same. The lack of variety, the sterile production a la Give My Regards, and the lack of a sizable hit is what killed this album. I will admit that the quality of this record was astounding, however. That alone, can't save this though.
Pipes Of Peace
A sad attempt at recreating the success of Tug of War without any of the energy and outside the box thinking that made it amazing. Another disappointment that had its moments of excellence. If it didn't try so hard to imitate something else it probably would have been a better album.
Kisses On The Bottom
It wasn't bad, but it sure as Hell wasn't amazing. If I seem hard on poor Paul, it is mostly because I admire the man very much and I feel he can do so much better than this. Kisses On The Bottom has the mind and brevity to properly pay tribute to Traditional Pop, the problem is Paul simply doesn't have the voice for it.
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Not a bad cover album despite being released only in the Soviet Union. It had a lot of kinetic energy to it and the instrumentation was spot on. I enjoyed its rushed and low budget feel. The problem was that none of the covers really stood out from the bunch. What we got was a somewhat good album that could have been better.
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Not involving Paul McCartney in the producing of one of his solo albums seems like a dumb thing to do. This is exactly why this album utterly baffles me. It tries to emulate his debut record (again) and fails (again) at doing exactly that. The quality and singing are good, but the rest of the songs just lag behind what is mostly an average affair.
Memory Almost Full
"Nod Your Head" remains one of my favorite Paul McCartney songs for good reason. Memory Almost Full had some of the most extravagant instrumentation since Flowers in the Dirt, and the result was just as satisfying. It didn't hit the mark of some of Paul's greats, but it was a nice album from a veteran of Pop music.
Flowers in the Dirt
This was Paul McCartney at his most refined. Flowers in the Dirt was extravagant, beautiful, and filled with brevity and wit. Sure, some songs lagged about and not everything came together perfectly, but it was a great album nonetheless.
As the 90's closed, Paul released his first album of the new millennium, Driving Rain. Driving Rain was vicious to a fault, but that hardness is what made it so attractive as an album. It was a great album that deserved the success it got.
His debut turned a lot of heads, and remains one of my favorite Paul records. Made as a sort of defiance both to his critics, and even people he once called friends; McCartney's debut was raw and minimalist, and therein lay its charm in how smug the whole record was.
His most recent album is definitely one of his best. New was a sign that Paul hadn't lost his creative touch, and his need to hire young producers is what added to its more modern touch. Unlike Press to Play, however, New didn't overplay the modern touches to obnoxiousness. It was still a Paul McCartney album after all.
The best Paul McCartney album of the 1990's. Flaming Pie was energetic, inventive, and an overall satisfying experience. This was Paul McCartney at a downturn in his career and perhaps this was the splash of water to the face Paul needed to get back on his feet.
Tug of War
Tug of War was the album that reunited George Martin and Paul McCartney, a move that benefitted this album greatly. Featuring breathtaking singles like "Ebony and Ivory" and "Tug of War"; this was one of the best 80's albums of Paul McCartney's career, of his career in general, and one of the very few satisfactory records Paul would make in the 1980's.
A masterpiece in how odd it was. Ram was designed as Paul McCartney was coming fresh out of his days with The Beatles, and so Ram sounded much like a Beatles album, without the other three Beatles. Ram had great songs and "Eat at Home" is one of my favorite post-Beatles McCartney tunes. It was brilliant and crazy, and it paid off in the end.