Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

by Paul McCartney
     
 

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Paul McCartney says he was looking to make a back-to-basics album when he entered the studio to record Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and there's no question that he's managed to re-create the easygoing-but-charged atmosphere of his embryonic solo work. As on 1970's McCartney, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did just about

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Paul McCartney says he was looking to make a back-to-basics album when he entered the studio to record Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and there's no question that he's managed to re-create the easygoing-but-charged atmosphere of his embryonic solo work. As on 1970's McCartney, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer did just about everything himself on the disc, picking up instruments as varied as guitar, flugelhorn, and harmonium. That process of sonic spelunking led him into some intriguing territory -- like the sultry Brazilian beaches that imbue the lightly bossa nova–brushed "A Certain Softness" with, well, just what its title implies. Equally intriguing is "How Kind of You," with its enveloping drones, an addition that McCartney credits to au courant producer Nigel Godrich (best known for his work with Beck and Radiohead). Godrich makes his mark elsewhere, daubing "Riding to Vanity Fair" with strings 'n' things that transform the song from Brit-folk nostalgia into timeless pop that's hard to pigeonhole. For all the forward-looking touches, however, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard finds McCartney more comfortable with his past than he has been in years. In addition to slapping a photo of his teenage self on the disc's cover, he borrows -- by his own admission -- from some of his classic work, returning to "Blackbird"-styled finger-picking on the flute-dappled "Jenny Wren" and summoning up the spirit of Magical Mystery Tour on the bouncy "Fine Line." There are moments -- "English Tea," for instance -- where Sir Paul tries to get away with skating by on a half-finished idea (remember "Bip Bop," anyone?). But for every such moment of chaos, there's a passel of wonderful creations.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0094633795921
catalogNumber:
337959

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Performance Credits

Paul McCartney   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Autoharp,Cello,Cymbals,Drums,Flugelhorn,Glockenspiel,Gong,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Maracas,Electric Piano,Recorder,Tambourine,Triangle,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Melodica,Spinet,Classical Guitar,Loops,Shaker,Tubular Bells,Wurlitzer,Floor Tom,Piano (Grand),Piano (Upright),Vibrachime,Hammond B3
Rusty Anderson   Acoustic Guitar
Pedro Eustache   Duduk
Jason Falkner   Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
James Gadson   Drums
Brian Ray   Acoustic Guitar
Nigel Godrich   Loops
Joey Waronker   Bongos,Drums,Shaker
Joby Talbot   Conductor
Abe Laboriel   Percussion,Tambourine,Blocks
Los Angeles Music Players   Strings
Millennia Ensemble   Strings,Brass

Technical Credits

Paul McCartney   Composer,Art Direction
David Campbell   Arranger
Nigel Godrich   Producer
Joby Talbot   Arranger
Darrell Thorp   Engineer
Brian Clarke   Drawing

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