The Paul McCartney Project

Electric Arguments

By The FiremanOfficial album• Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Studio albums

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UK release date:
Nov 24, 2008
US release date:
Nov 24, 2008
Sessions This album has been recorded during the following sessions

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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight

Written by Paul McCartney

4:55 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Producer, Slide guitar, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


2.

Two Magpies

Written by Paul McCartney

2:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Double-bass, Drums, Producer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


3.

Sing The Changes

Written by Paul McCartney

3:44 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Mandolin, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


4.

Travelling Light

Written by Paul McCartney

5:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Dingers, Drums, Electric guitar, Flute, Keyboards, Mellotron, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


5.

Highway

Written by Paul McCartney

4:17 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Producer, Tambourine, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


6.

Light From Your Lighthouse

Written by Paul McCartney

2:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Double-bass, Drums, Harmonium, Mandolin, Percussion, Producer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


7.

Sun Is Shining

Written by Paul McCartney

5:12 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Producer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


8.

Dance 'Til We're High

Written by Paul McCartney

3:37 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Producer, Tambourine, Tubular bells, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


9.

Lifelong Passion

Written by Paul McCartney

4:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Clavioline (?), Drums, Electric guitar, Harmonica, Harmonium, Keyboards, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


10.

Is This Love?

Written by Paul McCartney

5:52 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Flute, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Tambourine, Vibraphone, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


11.

Lovers In A Dream

Written by Paul McCartney

5:22 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Bass, Cello, Drums, Electric guitar, Electric piano, Keyboards, Organ, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer, Vibraphone, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


12.

Universal Here, Everlasting Now

Written by Paul McCartney

5:06 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Producer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


13.

Don't Stop Running

Written by Paul McCartney

10:31 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric guitar, Flute, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Mandolin, Percussion, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


14.

Road Trip

Written by Paul McCartney

Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Keyboards, Producer, Synthesizer, Vocals
Youth:
Producer
Clive Goddard:
Engineer
Tim Bran:
Programming (?)
David Nock:
Programming (?)

Session Recording:
December 2007 - June 2008
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

About

From Wikipedia:

Electric Arguments is the third album by The Fireman, an experimental music duo consisting of Paul McCartney and producer Youth. The album was first announced 29 September 2008, on Paul McCartney’s website, and was released on 24 November 2008 on the duo’s website. It is the first Fireman release to be publicly acknowledged by McCartney, and the album cover features the names of both contributors.

Background and recording

Unlike the earlier Fireman albums, Electric Arguments features prominent vocals. Each of the songs was recorded in one day, the album itself being completed in only thirteen days, spread over the course of a year. The album includes the hidden track “Road Trip“, at the end of “Don’t Stop Running“. Remixes of “Lifelong Passion” were made, titled “Sawain Ambient Acapella” and “Sawain Instrumental Dub“. Instrumental mixes of “Sun Is Shining” and “Traveling Light” were made, titled “Equinox Instrumental” and “Travelling Light Instrumental“, respectively. Instrumental dub mixes were made of “Sing the Changes” and “Don’t Stop Running“, titled “Morning Mist Instrumental Dub” and “Wickerman Ambient Dub“, respectively.

The duo borrowed the title “Electric Arguments” from the poem “Kansas City to St. Louis” by Allen Ginsberg. In Wired magazine, McCartney stated this was because “he’s been looking at the beauty of word combinations rather than their meaning.

We had a ball making this album, and it was a great departure because it seemed more like improv theatre. In the improv spirit, there are William Burroughs-type cut-ups in the lyrics. I came to “Sing the Changes,” as well as all the other songs in the album, with absolutely no concept of what the melody or lyrics would be about. So it was like writing on the spot, which I think lent an electricity to the whole sound. – Paul McCartney

Critical reception

Electric Arguments debuted at number 79 on the UK Album Charts, marking the first appearance for The Fireman in the British charts. The duo also made their inaugural appearance on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 67. Electric Arguments was acclaimed by critics, cited as one of the best albums of 2008.

According to reviews aggregator Metacritic, the album rated 74 out of 100, indicating a “generally favourable” critical reception, based on 23 reviews (18 of which were positive, four mixed, and one negative). AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that “There are more twists and turns, more textures, than on any other McCartney album in the last 20 years …” Will Hermes of Rolling Stone called the album “the ex-Beatle’s headiest music in years“. In a four-star review for The Times, Pete Paphides wrote that “Electric Arguments is delivered with a disregard for production values or playlist potential that would make, say, Keane or the Kooks blush at their own conservatism“.

Less impressed, Alex Macpherson of The Guardian described the album as “heavily laboured hackwork“. He said of the track “Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight“: “This has been pegged by the more excitable tabloids as a hate rant against [McCartney’s ex-wife] Heather Mills, but if this is what she has had to put up with, it may just have done the unthinkable and engendered sympathy for the poor woman.” Ron Hart of PopMatters rated Electric Arguments 7 out of 10 and considered that the project’s appeal “depends on where you stand as a Macca fan“, following the singer’s run of strong studio albums since Driving Rain in 2001. After opining that these nominal McCartney albums were “much stronger releases on almost every level“, Hart concluded: “Electric Arguments does harbor its own unique charm that will certainly appeal to longtime fans moreover than Macca’s previous pair of Fireman jaunts.” […]

Last updated on October 15, 2016


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