Friday, February 17, 2012
Paul McCartney - Kisses on the Bottom (2012)
However, the ex-Beatle's latest CD, Kisses on the Bottom, is a questionable venture and not because of the enterprise itself. It's the timing of the release. While hooking up with Diana Krall's band is a very good idea, and the song selection is fine, the problem lies with McCartney's singing. His voice is past its prime and the spare musical backdrop supporting him tends to emphasize this more than his recent rock productions have. If he had taken on this project fifteen years ago he probably would have been able to pull it off with whole lot of panache.
There are two McCartney originals that blend in well with the standards. The first single, "My Valentine," has Eric Clapton playing acoustic guitar, and "Only Our Hearts" features Stevie Wonder on harmonica. Because both are self-penned tunes they work better than the covers do because the singer composed them to fit into his vocal range.
The double entendre album title comes from the song "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." It's cute but a little weird.