Album review

Paul McCartney - Back In The US: Live 2002

If 2000's mega-successful compilation of No 1 singles served to remind the last three generations just what was so Fab about the Fab Four, Sir Paul's 2002 tour reiterated the message quite viscerally.

Generously raining immaculately rendered Beatles faves on salivating audiences, Macca provided the post-9/11 balm the well-intentioned "Freedom"couldn't deliver. Even when performing tear-jerking acoustic versions of "Blackbird", "Mother Nature's Son" etc, and honouring his Wings and solo legacies, McCartney sounds full of piss and vinegar, and these days his Little Richard impressions are more convincing than those of the wayward Mr Penniman himself.

Rating: 4 / 10


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