Mattal1958 wrote:Just my opinion here, and not taking shots at anyone who disagrees.
I do not think that because "Let Em In" sold a kazillion copies and was a huge hit that it therefore is a classic McCartney song. In fact, I think it's awful. It's indicative more of the times than anything else. 1976 was a strange year in pop music. Disco was coming to the fore, punk and new wave were about to burst onto the scene, and the style of music that we loved from the late 60's thru the early 70's was becoming "boring" in the eyes of many radio stations, and a younger demographic. Frankly, it was a dead period in pop music. Something had to fill the vacuum. "Let Em In" was a huge hit because it was Paul McCartney and he was on top of the world at that point and he could have released "Mary Had A Little Lamb" (oh, wait, he had done that already)...or "Jack And Jill Went Up The Hill" and had a hit with it.
There were TONS of great songs Paul released in the 70's. I just don't think many of the albums stand up from beginning to end. RAM does. BAND ON THE RUN does. I can't think of anything else.
He's been a LOT more consistent, and the subject matter of his songs have been a bit more weighty, since the Beatles ANTHOLOGY project.
That's just the way I see it. I know a lot of people won't see it like that. I understand that.
I could also make a list of songs I LOVE from McCARTNEY (1970) to McCARTNEY II (1980). It would be a looooooonnnng list, in fact. But, the albums are just too inconsistent-- for the most part.
And, now I'm repeating myself, so I shall shut up and take my dog out in 3 degree weather (something I've been trying to avoid, but she's pestering me now!).
(The 80's were probably worse, if truth be told...but it's saved by TUG OF WAR!)
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