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Beatle Paul’s fine new album

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:27 PM

Paul McCartney, the famous ex-Beatle, has done something at age 66 that’s kind of unexpected — he’s released a really good new album.

And it’s not under his own name, oddly enough. Working with a British producer and musician known as Youth, the album, “Electric Arguments,” was put out under the artist name The Fireman. There have been two previous Fireman albums, apparently consisting largely of electronic and ambient music, but this one is a Paul McCartney album.

Most Beatles fans would likely agree that the various solo albums from the group’s members have generally been underachieving. (Not that I didn’t buy a bunch of them over the years.) George Harrison released one particularly good one, “All Things Must Pass,” and John Lennon’s songwriting held up pretty well; McCartney’s previous best effort is probably “Band on the Run.” I think “Electric Arguments” can be included as one of the few really good solo albums.

You can judge for yourself by listening to the album online via NPR.

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