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Electric Arguments (Capitol/EMI Records)

By Justin Press

It’s taken 46 years for Paul McCartney to finally enter a blue(s) period. His new side project, The Fireman, starring über-producer and ex-Killing Joke bassist Youth (just one name, kids), has been in operation since the early 1990s. Most of the project’s output has been ambient and semi-classical in nature, with no vocals. Electric Arguments, however, reinterprets The Beatles’ Lennon-led excursions as swampy vamps, all sung and all sung by McCartney. Imagine The White Album as done by The Black Keys – that’s The Fireman’s Electric Arguments, a hipster blues record with just enough tender moments to remind you that this is the guy who wrote “Yesterday.”

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