Paul McCartney launched the Fireman studio project with producer pal Youth to satisfy his experimental jones without annoying Beatles fans who only buy his albums to hear silly love songs.
Until now, McCartney seemed content to use the Fireman ruse to record boring instrumental electro-twaddle that he likely thought was frightfully futuristic. But on their third collabo, Electric Arguments, they've ditched most of the whooshy dreamscapes for more song-like structures, with recognizable verse, chorus and bridge elements along with vocals narrowing the gap between these frivolous frolics and what McCartney does for money.
It opens with the raucously bluesy Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight, a promising start. But before long, McCartney reverts to pop messiah mode and tries to turn each tune into some grand statement about love, life and/or world peace in the hope that positive vibrations might inspire people of all races to join hands and sing along as one. Really.
Top track: Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight