Being both a McCartney and Buddy Holly fan I was very keen to buy the new tribute album where Paul sings
'It's So Easy'. Sadly I found Paul's singing dreadful on this cd
. I have been a huge fan of Paul as a rocker, and especially regarded his 'Run Devil Run' album as an absoulte gem. Songs like 'Junior's farm' etc... prove he can rock with the best of them. But sadly I am now worried his voice no longer has the capacity to handle such numbers. On the tribute album he sounds like h'es valiantly trying to rock as hard as possible, but this just creates a
very poor result. He vocals are even distorted in some parts.
I am a Paul fan not a basher but I just had to mention this because I'm worried what future albums (including the rumoured one with Diana Krall) may turn out if his voice deterioates further. I'd rather Paul go out on a high then be heavily criticised on any future rock/pop album. However, it is possible that this was just a one off poor performance and a future album will be just as wonderful as the last few have been.
I'd like people to listen to this tribute track and offer their opinions. Am I being too harsh?
An album with Krall might actually be a good idea as those classic songs from the American songbook would require great phrasing and expression and not need a rock n' roll vocal. I also think their voices would blend well.
I actually enjoyed his duet with Tony Bennett. A worn, fragile voice can actually work well with some songs as it can bring a gentlness or a sensitive fragility to bear. But can such a voice continue to belt out rockier numbers?