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McCartney II
4 May 2014
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Von Bontee
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Aww, "Secret Friend" is the highlight of the whole album for me. (I liked "Coming Up" enough to buy the 45 in 1980 but I'm pretty tired of it now.)

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5 May 2014
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I hate the 'Coming Up' album version but I love it live. Why the hell did he mess up his vocals on the album version and Linda's vocals aren't the best on it :/

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5 May 2014
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This is one of my favorite McCartney albums. I especially love Waterfalls.

Has anyone heard the popular song that was a rip off of this song? I can't think of the artist but it starts out "Don't go chasing waterfalls. Stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to."

"This Beatles talk bores me to death." --John Lennon

5 May 2014
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TLC were the group. There is a thread on it in the archives.

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12 May 2014
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This was the first album I decided to look at on YouTube when I was starting to delve into the Beatles' solo careers (I still do think there's something missing, like all their songs aren't complete), which I admit wasn't the best choice. McCartney II isn't a brilliant album. It's... weird. It's going into that synth territory and it's very abstract in terms of musical structure. Waterfalls is probably my favourite song from the album, with a very nice melody. The song everyone seems to hate is Temporary Secretary, which I really can't make my mind up on. It's got a catchy melody which really draws me into it, but the synth sound and Paul's frankly weird American twang is annoying. Knowing me I'll probably cave in anyway and get it, because it's so irritatingly catchy.

On the plus side, the record cover is very exploitable.

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12 May 2014
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I certainly dont hate Temporary Secretary - love the song with its great use of syths, music programming and Paul's vocals. 

McCartney II is a rare Paul album where it was recorded very much not looking to appease the public so very experimental yet was thankfully edited down from a rambling double LP to make it more commercially appealing resulting in a very tight album. I love it.

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12 May 2014
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I personally think this is a bad album. There are a few good songs (Waterfalls and One Of These Days) its mostly bad. However I must say it was very innovative and ahead of its time. Songs like Front Parlour and Frozen Jap sound like music from video games, even though they weren't invented yet.   

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12 May 2014
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Video games have been around since 1971, at least!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Space

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12 May 2014
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Hindsight is an amazing thing for me, actually, because I just realised how much I love this album. It's got some great tracks, and it just makes me happy. It'll probably be my go-to album when I'm not feeling too good.

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13 May 2014
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Von Bontee said
Video games have been around since 1971, at least!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_Space

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They are not my specialty subject

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16 May 2014
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When I'm in a certain mood, it's a perfect fit -- the only fit for that particular mood, in fact (that I know of). So I rather love it. Despite being A), influenced by the electronic underground already underway in '79 and B), a precursor to subsequent such music, McCartney II still has a unique flavor.

Agree with Mr Moonlight about "Front Parlour"; it makes me want to be an old-school video game hero of dubious "powers."

"Horseriders" is so delightfully bizarre and under-skin-getting. I love the vocal distortion on "horrrseriderrrs" in that strange voice which I don't think he ever used in any other recording (well, maybe "Flaming Pie" a little bit). I always see a pixelated rainbow in the rider's wake as he jumps the stream.

My faves are "Summer's Day Song" (synth classical with a nice little haiku of a lyric), "Waterfalls," and "Temporary Secretary." The last is an ugly song by an ugly character about an ugly thing; an impressively incisive satire of misogyny. Watch and learn, Lennon -- grossly offensive titles are not necessary to the making of pointy points; "temporary secretary" just about sums it up.

Actually, the above triptych is a good sketch of something I love so very much about Crazy!Paul: "HERE HAVE SOME CLASSICAL MUSIC AND SOME PERPLEXINGLY DESPERATE TALK OF POLAR BEARS AND ALSO SOME FEMINIST COMMENTARY."

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16 May 2014
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I am certain that I have heard 'Front Parlour' in some game, it sounds like a tune that would be brilliant in a Pokémon game!

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http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/.....62681.html

has this bit of information:

No. 1 this week in 1980
Paul McCartney "Coming Up"

Exactly a decade after Paul McCartney released his solo debut album, "McCartney," he debuted its follow-up, "McCartney II." The disc was filled with the synth-heavy pop music that is well represented in its first, chart-topping single, "Coming Up." That track, which spent three weeks at number one in 1980, was McCartney's seventh post-Beatles number one hit.

5 July 2014
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Love Paul as a musician, and I also love the first McCartney album, but this is certainly the worst I've heard from him. On the Way, Nobody Knows, and Bogey Music are good, but the rest is pretty bad. I'll have to listen to Waterfalls again, but it seemed really slow and really long on first listen.

Coming Up is okay, I suppose, but the live version released as a single is soooo much better than the studio version. Some people like or don't mind Temporary Secretary, but... I hate it, utterly hate it. Sometimes I sing its chorus to annoy my dad, but that's about all it's good for. I'd rather All You Horseriders had been on the album instead, at least it's fun to listen to and imitate.

I'll actually have to listen to this whole album again, but it doesn't seem like one I'll ever buy.

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5 July 2014
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Yeah, an uninspired album.  I liked "Temporary Secretary"; but that's about it.

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I don't listen to the album in full very often, but I appreciate it for its experimental nature. Also, "Check My Machine" is at least in my top 15 of Paul songs, maybe top 10. And that's enough to color the album in a favorable light for me.

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