Album: The Fireman, Electric Arguments, (MPL)

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Paul McCartney has always been keen to counterbalance his perceived schlocky tendencies with a perceptible Stockhauseness.

Here's a fresh iteration of his Fireman project with Youth, this time topping his rowdy experiments in rock form with recognisable McCartney singing. It's OK, as experiments go. He is nothing if not musicianly. And though 'Electric Arguments' may not be making an argument for anything much beyond the importance of experiment, it is also more than listenable. Nick Coleman

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