Believe it or not, there are plenty of Beatles Related holes in my record library and not just The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits sized ones. This much maligned (by me among others) mid-80s Paul McCartney release, his 6th solo studio album, is just the sort of music that I’m happy, through the miracle of Smeeth Boot Fair, to reappraise. The last time I heard Press To Play was when I borrowed the CD sometime in the early 90s to aid in the compiling of a definitive series of Macca cassettes for myself. In the event, I only chose one track.
However, in 2011, I’m pleased to report that things open surprisingly strongly. Side one shows plenty of melodic and production invention (yes, loud drums do feature; Hugh Padgham was the co-producer, after all), Paul regularly employing a supple falsetto to pleasant effect, culminating in a couple heartfelt ballads. Inspiration starts to wane on the second half with the previously discussed title track, half-baked electronica and petulant “rocking” nearly sinking proceedings till a late lucky strike saves the day.
I can’t imagine haters finding much to like here, but lovers will find much to rediscover and enjoy.