Mr. H Atom, you make really good points in your last two posts on this thread.
I couldn't agree more that Paul is, among a certain group of "aren't we cool and hip?" music writers, an easy target to pick on. Dylan, who is barely audible now, sounding similar to my van's engine on a cold February morning, gets six stars out of five for just releasing ANYTHING. It could be him flushing the toilet, and these idiots will salivate over it and praise it to the skies. Bowie, too...Springsteen...Paul Simon...speaking of which, Simon-- whose body of work, for the most part, I LOVE-- hasn't put out a decent album since "Still Crazy After All These Years" (yes, I don't even include the incredibly over-rated "Graceland," which seemed more like going to class in school and being lectured on music in non-Western cultures). Yet, critics fall all over themselves in adoration for every chord and every word of every song. (Oh, and a P.S. here-- McCartney beat Simon to the African rhythms stuff about 12-13 years prior, with BOTR).
Also, why the hell does Paul always get measured with this imaginary "if he were with John" standard? Nobody ever did that (or hardly ever did that) with Lennon. Lennon had many fine moments as a solo artist, and didn't need Paul. Likewise with Paul, who had many MORE fine moments (and many MORE bad moments-- we're basing this on sheer volume of output) as a solo artist, and didn't need John. Hell, if we're to believe most of the books about the Beatles, these two hardly wrote together at all the last couple of years-- and does anyone question the brilliance of the WHITE ALBUM or ABBEY ROAD?
And, yeah, this "hits" crap. It's not McCartney's fault that he's gotten older in an industry that adores and promotes youth. The quality of his music (which I think has gone up the last 15-16 years as he's gotten older, and had more of life to draw from) has little to do with what is "current" on the charts. I happen to think that, with the exception of people like Adele, the late Amy Winehouse, and a couple of others, most of what passes for "hit" radio these days is atrocious. But, that's just my opinion. I'm sure there are talented people out there, but having success these days doesn't necessarily correlate to actually putting out GOOD music.
So, yeah...I'm in agreement with you, Mr. H., and some of the rest of you on this.
in years to come/they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead are all about/but it won't be soon enough for me