Monday, February 13, 2012

Macca's pop genius

Of the numerous compliments that can be paid Paul McCartney, I think one of the most notable is that he rarely, if ever, keeps his listeners at arm's length. As a songwriter and melodicist, he is preternaturally warm, inviting, and playful. He wants his fans to share in the joy that he invests in his songs. He's made a career out of achieving this connection, and often through the simplest of means. From a wealth of available evidence, I submit "Every Night," the fourth track from his 1970 debut solo album, McCartney. What it boils down to is, you can't say no to those "woo-woo-woos." On paper, they're standard vocal garnishes. In Paul's hands, they're hypnotic, irresistible treats. In Paul's hands, they're basically the chorus - and a perfect one at that.

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