Keven's Music Review: Paul McCartney – Kisses on The Bottom
Published: February 7, 2012 - 11:10am
How does a rock and roll legend top the worst album cover in years? By slapping the creepiest and most awkward title of all time 'Kisses on The Bottom' right on top of it. This same artist unfortunately follows up those two strikes by releasing an abysmal jazzy drawl that would put coked up sociopaths to asleep in the middle of a kill rampage.
Paul McCartney has released an album that feels 60 years too late. If you dig sipping wine and wearing cool hats, then 'Kisses on The Bottom' may complete you. The record is loaded with covers of old songs that I would have a hard time recognizing even if I were 40 years older. McCartney did write a couple originals, one of which isn't that bad. 'My Valentine' features a guest appearance by Eric Clapton on guitar, which is always a good time. The song is a standout, although I still wouldn't recommend standing up while listening to it, for fear that you could potentially fall fast asleep and stumble face first into random sharp objects.
McCartney does a great job embracing the genre and he sounds absolutely stellar as always, but the songs are just painfully slow and agonizing to listen to. 'Kisses on The Bottom' doesn't interest me, nor does it offer anything new to the music industry. I'm not a 'jazz-man' and usually can't stand this lounge genre unless Richard Cheese comes on the stereo – then I'm OK.
There isn't anything particularly entertaining aside from McCartney's original 'My Valentine' and his take of 'The Inch Worm', so if you're curious I suggest starting there. I keep an open mind but I'm also honest and I can't recommend music in any genre that fails to move me in any way. 'Kisses on The Bottom' may have some great cuts that would fit in an episode of Mad Men, but you won't find me anywhere near this album again for as long as I live.
1. "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter"
2. "Home (When Shadows Fall)"
3. "It's Only a Paper Moon"
4. "More I Cannot Wish You"
5. "The Glory of Love
6. "We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me)"
7. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"
8. "My Valentine"
10. "My Very Good Friend the Milkman"
11. "Bye Bye Blackbird"
12. "Get Yourself Another Fool"
13. "The Inch Worm
14. "Only Our Hearts"