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Ever since the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney has known the value of a pseudonym, famously registering into hotels under the surname Ramone and pushing the Fab Four to act like another band for Sgt. Pepper. This carried through to his solo career, where he released a couple odd singles while flitting back and forth with Wings, but he never again embraced the freedom of disguise like he did with Sgt. Pepper until 2008, when he put out the Fireman's Electric Arguments. McCartney created the Fireman alias with Youth back in the mid-'90s when electronica was all the rage and Macca hesitated dipping his toe in the water on his own LPs. A decade after ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ever since the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney has known the value of a pseudonym, famously registering into hotels under the surname Ramone and pushing the Fab Four to act like another band for Sgt. Pepper. This carried through to his solo career, where he released a couple odd singles while flitting back and forth with Wings, but he never again embraced the freedom of disguise like he did with Sgt. Pepper until 2008, when he put out the Fireman's Electric Arguments. McCartney created the Fireman alias with Youth back in the mid-'90s when electronica was all the rage and Macca hesitated dipping his toe in the water on his own LPs. A decade after Rushes, he revived the Fireman moniker not to cut another electronic record but to put out what in effect was McCartney III: a weird clearinghouse of experiments, jokes, detours, and rough-hewn pop. McCartney and Youth recorded Electric Arguments quickly -- not so much in a brief, weeklong blast of activity, but spending one day on each of the 13 tracks, writing and recording within a 24-hour period. This speed is the opposite of his ambitious 2000s projects Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and Memory Almost Full, both accomplished, carefully considered albums constructed with a broad audience in mind, if not necessarily the charts. As its release under McCartney's pseudonym makes plain, Electric Arguments wasn't intended for a large audience; he did this for himself, just like he did the two McCartney albums and even Ram, three records that had loose ends and odd detours, just like this does. This revival is announced boldly by the thumping, full-throated blues-rocker "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight," but it's not just that McCartney has gotten loud again -- things that McCartney has shied away from over the past two decades suddenly reappear, like the simple, sweet intimacy of "Two Magpies," the grinding rocker "Highway," which finds its loose-legged laid-back cousin in "Light from Your Lighthouse," and a fondness for lazy jazz. He's telling jokes and making noise -- and if you dig underneath the surface it's possible to hear references to his bitter divorce from Heather Mills, a situation he cheerfully ignored on Memory Almost Full -- but this is not merely a McCartney pop album under another name; it is indeed a collaboration with Youth, so this veers off into rather experimental territory, especially toward the end of the album, as it floats away on the circular "Lovers in a Dream" and gets claustrophobic on "Universal Here, Everlasting Now." McCartney and Youth often strike a delicate balance between these two inclinations, and they're some of the best moments on the album: the delicate waltz of "Travelling Light," the surging "Sing the Changes" which matches U2 for melodrama, the wall of sound on "Dance 'Til We're High," and the beautiful, meditative "Lifelong Passion Sail Away." There are more twists and turns, more textures, than on any other McCartney album in the last 20 years, and if it's a little messy, so be it: it's better to have Paul letting it all hang out instead of hanging back.
New York Times - Jon Pareles
It’s Mr. McCartney working by instinct and impulse, concerned with nothing more than sound. “Electric Arguments” suggests that he’d happily spend his afterlife in a recording studio, knocking out a song a day for eternity.
Rolling Stone - Will Hermes
After a decade-plus hiatus, Sir Paul revives his low-profile, weed-scented collaboration with superproducer Youth (U2, the Orb), retrofitting their abstract electronica with good ol' psychedelic rock for the ex-Beatle's headiest music in years.

After a decade-plus hiatus, Sir Paul revives his low-profile, weed-scented collaboration with superproducer Youth (U2, the Orb), retrofitting their abstract electronica with good ol' psychedelic rock for the ex-Beatle's headiest music in years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Ato Records
  • UPC: 880882164027
  • Catalog Number: 21640

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothing Too Much Just out of Sight - The Fireman (4:55)
  2. 2 Two Magpies - The Fireman (2:12)
  3. 3 Sing the Changes - The Fireman (3:43)
  4. 4 Travelling Light - The Fireman (5:05)
  5. 5 Highway - The Fireman (4:16)
  6. 6 Light from Your Lighthouse - The Fireman (2:31)
  7. 7 Sun Is Shining - The Fireman (5:11)
  8. 8 Dance 'Til We're High - The Fireman (3:37)
  9. 9 Lifelong Passion - The Fireman (4:48)
  10. 10 Is This Love? - The Fireman (5:51)
  11. 11 Lovers in a Dream - The Fireman (5:21)
  12. 12 Universal Here, Everlasting Now - The Fireman (5:05)
  13. 13 Don't Stop Running - The Fireman (10:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Fireman Primary Artist
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Various
Youth Primary Artist, Guitar
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Youth Producer, Audio Production
Tim Bran Programming
Clive Goddard Engineer
Steve Rooke Mastering, Remastering
Zane Lowe Author
David Nock Programming
Youth Composer, Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Absolutely essential

    This is some of the most creative and stimulating stuff McCartney's come up with in years. It's amazing that a man of this stature is still pushing boundaries a 66 years old. I salute you sir.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love this album

    i love this album.i am the biggest paul mccartney thare is! EVERYONE GET THIS ALBUM! i love the song sing for changes,i think it will be a hit!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun

    This album is just fun to listen to, Paul has lightened up and let loose.<BR/>I appreciated his vocal performance on all of the songs.<BR/>Great Musicianship.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Modernist

    Paul McCartney, assuming his Fireman identity, has created an expressive album with the collaboration of Youth. <BR/>The packaging works with the sound. If the splashes of color on the cover click with you, you'll probably like this CD. It is a collage, and yet the tracks are, indeed, complete songs. Paul McCartney's voice is faded back, but this is done in such a way that an effect of an entire world as background meets your ears. In the last decade or so, McCartney has opted for a gritty sound, but I think with ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS, he has finally become comfortable with it. The difference between this and his last two or three cd's is that this one, somehow is 3-D. There are some beautiful passages, such as the pensive piano at the beginning and end of track 12, and the very Celtic Traveling Light.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Paul MCcartney The Firemen

    I must start by saying I have loved Paul & The Beatles for the last 40 + years. I have just purchased Electric Arguments and after listening to the CD on a extremely high quality system, I am left wondering what has happened to the inspiration and talented writer and artist I once knew and loved so dearly.After reviewing the music my opinion is very low for this project. The vocals are buried so deeply in the mix I could hardly make out even a word of the lyrics. As for the songs themselves, It sounds like to me that Paul just needed some extra Christmas spending money, so he basically threw together a few words and some noise and called them songs. The quality sucks and If anyone thinks this is an achievement to Pauls talents,well they are either deaf and dumb or just a fan who loves him for him as I do, but fact remains, musically speaking, to me it's not just about the name attached to the music, but the music it's self. If you want to compare this work of art to what I call one of his Best Solo artist achievements, relisten to Pauls first album after the Beatles first broke up , you know the one that contained the song Maybe I'm Amazed ! Now that is true artistry at it's finest ! So if you think your going to get the real Paul MCcartney when you buy this CD your in for a real let down..... Merry Christmas

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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