Electric Arguments CD (2008)

Artist: Fireman

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Product Overview


Label ATO Records/red
SKU 209857949
UPC 880882164027
UPC 14 00880882164027
Format CD
Release Date 11/25/2008
Author Fireman
Technical Info
Engineer Clive Goddard; Clive Goddard; John Hammel; Jamie Kirkham; Eddie Klein; Keith Smith
Producer Paul McCartney; Youth; Paul McCartney; Youth
CatalogID 21640
Lable Name ATO (USA)
Released 11/25/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00880882164027
Album Notes and Credits
The Fireman: Paul McCartney (various instruments); Youth (guitar).
Personnel: David Nock, Tim Bran (programming).
Audio Mixer: Clive Goddard.
Audio Remasterer: Steve Rooke.
Recording information: Hog Hill Mill.
Author: Zane Lowe.
Photographer: Ruth Ward.
ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS is the third album that Paul McCartney and producer/former Killing Joke member Youth have made under the Fireman name, but it's drastically different than either of its predecessors. Where the first two Fireman albums were essentially instrumental ambient-house recordings (the first one began as a remix project for McCartney's OFF THE GROUND album) with the occasional psychedelic touch, most of ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS is relatively conventional pop/rock.
That said, the cut-and-paste lyrical approach, raw feel, and freewheeling musical structures of the tunes all hark back to early, anything-goes McCartney efforts such as WILD LIFE and McCARTNEY. There are a few cuts dominated by the ambient atmospheres of yore, but in the main, ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS is split between hard-hitting rock & roll and acoustic-based ballads, with McCartney front and center, and an exotic layer of electronic icing subtly gilding the surfaces of the songs. In any case, it's still probably the most unpredictable album the former Beatle has made since 1980's McCARTNEY II.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The set peaks with 'Travelling Light,' a magical mystery tour of reverbed chants, slide-guitar swoops, kalimbas and chimes. It's freak folk by a forefather."
Spin (p.104) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "ARGUMENTS follows its own fuzzy logic from swamp blooze to haunted folk to anthemic guitar pop."
Entertainment Weekly (p.70) - "[T]his one studs its chilled-out world-beat electronica with pretty psych-folk melodies, propulsive rock grooves, and McCartney's raw 'Helter Skelter'-ish vocals." -- Grade: B
Billboard (p.42) - "[I]t's the first Fireman album to include McCartney's vocals. And with his voice on 'Electric ARguments' comes a much more diverse, song-based, pop/rock-oriented approach..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] 'Lifelong Passion' and 'Don't Stop Running,' tracks that make the best of McCartney's crystalline vocals and co-producer Youth's way with texture and sound."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.101) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Two Magpies' is a mouth-watering slice of homegrown 'Honey Pie,' while 'Lifelong Passion' sounds like he's pulled over on George Harrison's 'Blue Jay Way.'"
Disc 1
1 Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight
2 Two Magpies
3 Sing The Changes
4 Travelling Light
5 Highway
6 Light From Your Lighthouse
7 Sun Is Shining
8 Dance 'Til We're High
9 Lifelong Passion
10 Is This Love?
11 Lovers In A Dream
12 Universal Here, Everlasting Now
13 Don't Stop Running
Product Attributes
Artist Fireman
Label Ato/rca
Music Format Compact Disc
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