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29 March 2014
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DEADBEATLES said
I'm gonna go listen to both House of Wax and Mr Bellamy right now and get back to you. 

God, does Paul sing great on House of Wax or what. Such a powerful performance.

Agreed his vocal is amazing. Still, it's one of those frustrating songs that's awesome and yet I want to rewrite the third verse for him (see also "Beautiful Night"). Paul! You should totes hire me as your editor! And backup singer! Call me!

The "hidden in the yard, underneath the wall" part is intriguing. I wonder if it has anything to do with his recurring childhood dream of digging in the garden with his hands. He only ever found junk until he met John, and then he dreamt it again and found gold. When he told John about it, John said he'd had a similar dream. Shades of this conversation as reported on the Amoralto tumblr:

JOHN: Hey! Did you dream about me last night?

PAUL: [long pause] I can’t remember. 

JOHN: Very strong dream. We both dreamt about it. It was amazing! Different dreams, you know, but I thought you must’ve been there. [inaudible] I was touching you. [inaudible] 

PAUL: Nothing to worry about, though? 

JOHN: Nothing to worry about, no.

I ADORE "Mr Bellamy." Easily my favorite track on the album, and probably in my top ten of solo-Paul songs. It's amazingly cinematic; a little movie plays in my head every time I listen to it. (Paul! You should totes hire me to do your music videos! Call me!)

I think it's about exactly what it sounds like it's about: a man up on a ledge. One of Paul's wonderful character-empathy songs -- a different take on your typical suicide story that rings all the truer for its uniqueness (reminds me very much of "Back on My Feet"). When he's on his game, Paul's great at the Aristotelian "surprising yet inevitable" story.

I'm not too into the rest of MAF; I like "Vintage Clothes" and "That Was Me," and would like "Feet in the Clouds" if not for that deadly "very very very very" business. "Only Mama Knows" is a good song but I rarely want to listen to it. I have affection for "Ever Present Past" but that's down to the adorable video. The B-side "Why so Blue" is FABULOUS -- that it isn't on the album is a damn shame.

Then of course there's the problem of Kahne's production, which is wayyy too compressed and loud. It distorts the audio. Very unfortunate.

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What do you think, @Von Bontee ?

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As requested by @Ahhh Girl, a brief analysis of screams in Memory Almost Full (X-posted from this thread)

Memory Almost Full 2007

Only Mama Knows - Gritty vocals throughout, touching on roars at some points, and some high notes in the choruses, with a particularly high one (upper 5th octave) near the end.
Mr. Bellamy - No screams, but some pretty high (and low) notes. I also noticed Paul's voice sounds very young at some points. I've noticed this on a few other songs on this album as well. It's always just a moment, but it's definitely there.
Gratitude - A few quite high notes, and a few roars. I get the impression the entire song is supposed to have Oh! Darling-esque vocals, but IMO he doesn't really achieve that. There's a great screaming/roaring bit in there, though.
Vintage Clothes - A REALLY high note near the end, I'll check, but I'm pretty sure it's a 6th octave note. Some strong vocals, bordering on screams but IMO not really getting there.
That Was Me - Another powerful one. Some serious roaring/screaming in the latter half of the song. Love the bass line on this one, by the way. Alright, back on topic...
Feet In The Clouds - No screaming, but some interesting stuff going on in the very very very very hard bit. They add d some effects to the vocals, but there's some pretty high-pitched singing going on there.
House Of Wax - Sung in a high key, but the vocals are still quite strong. Some good roars, as well as quite a few high notes. Just as the solo begins, Paul belts out a note which sounds like it's in the 6th octave.
Nod Your Head - A screamer from beginning to end. Vocals are reminiscent of Helter Skelter, and pretty powerful.

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