Ranking Paul McCartney’s album closers

This list is an anomaly: few songs have shown up in previous rankings or my own lists. With good reason, let’s say, in the case of “Freedom,” more tone-deaf than“Give Ireland Back to the Irish. Then McCartney presents a melody from Red Rose Speedway, still among his shoddiest major albums, and another from 2013’s Now, which, blessedly, is better. That’s the tale here: most of the solids and goods happen after the nineties when McCartney, aware he could no longer manage an “Ebony and Ivory” let alone a “Spies Like Us,” stopped trying for a hit.

I struggle with “The Back Seat of My Car.” A helluva a flourish as a closer, but the chords and melody suggest a bleakness as strangulating as Joy Division. It’s McCartney’s “The Overload.”

The Hague

Crosswords Theme
Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands of Love/Power Cut


Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link
Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
Baby’s Request
Motor of Love
C’mon People

Sound, Solid

One of These Days
Great Day
However Absurd
Through Our Love

Good to Great

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Warm and Beautiful
The Back Seat of My Car
Nod Your Head

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