Dave Amitri on Venus and Mars
Here we are then. 6 months in already. Venus and Mars. This is part review, part duty and part admission of defeat. McCartney / Macca has broken me. When I did Bowie whether I liked the album or not I felt inspired, engaged, interested. A pub rock night out, an early 70s episode of Top Of The Pops, or a late night radio show in 1979. The responses were fascinating, educational and enthusiastic. Not here.
I have a new appreciation of Paul McCartney but I find his story far more interesting than his music. Maybe it’s telling that I found Wild Life so good yet the rest peaked at nice. One listen to Venus and Mars and I knew the game was up. I’ve listened again half a dozen times out of a sense of duty and any review that did form itself in my head was boring me so I didn’t want to inflict it on you all.
The title track was promising but too short why the reprise? Just do the bloody song man. Then there was a collection of songs that melded into one. Love In Song has moments. You Gave Me The Answer just made me angry. Listen To What The Man Said was a welcome familiar distraction. The Crossroads theme? Really?
So that’s all I can muster. Feel free to discuss among yourselves.
When I began this I referred to one of my original Word Blog disaster posts. Sir Paul McCartney: What Is My Problem? I’m a million miles away from that now properly informed and more Internet savvy. However I do wonder if any artist has or had stretched his fans credit or patience as far as Macca did post Beatles? Listening to his solo stuff without the full context of his work with The Beatles has left me scratching my head at times. I’m delighted to have discovered Wild Life, I’ve a new appreciation for him and have discovered some lovely songs. Where my musical heroes were inspired by McCartney I suspect has more to do with The Beatles than his solo work. One who’s name I won’t mention I contacted through Twitter regarding Dear Friend replied that he’d never heard the album. So it’s with a touch of disappointment that I bow out early but I really don’t want to waste any more of my time or yours.