OK. Sir Paul’s Dance Tonight.
The overwhelming consensus from those of you who responded was somewhere between a 2 and a 3 on the 5 star scale. Some of the comments:
“I was intrigued by the mandolin. But then I got bored.”
“I think End of the End is a much better song.”
“I really wanted to like this song.”
“It feels rather like treason but there isn’t any saving grace in this song for me.”
“I adore Paul McCartney, but this song does absolutely nothing for me.”
“I find myself humming “Dance Tonight,” and smiling at its child-like hook. ”
I think that perhaps the most applicable comment came from Wompuss:
” Just a happy lil ditty that reminds me of the old Beatles.”
She is actually right on the mark. While everybody certainly is entitled to their own opinion and may not like such pop dittys, Sir Paul has stayed as true to “his roots” as one can. I think that in these days of “shallow” music, those of us who really appreciate good music and respect the music history that has come before this new millennium, come to only appreciate music that is prolific and what we consider to be consistent with artistic integrity. However, what we might lose in the introspection is that some of the music that we love and consider to be classically prolific from the past are simply, “happy lil ditties”.
For me, this release is classic McCartney. And, Sir Paul holds true to The Beatles’ songbook and is very consistent to his sound. Truth be known, he has done so since the early ’60s. Dance Tonight is light, airy and fun yet it exudes talent by highlighting the mandolin. For me, it hearkens back to some of the Beatles “ditties” of:
Love Me Do
Eight Days a Week
When I’m 64
and then there are the Wings years:
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
Silly Love Songs
With A Little Luck
and we can never forget:
Ebony & Ivory
All of this is to make the point that Sir Paul is exactly the same Paul he’s been for 45 years. To think that Dance Tonight is out of character or “not up to his standards” is just preposterous when you look at his history and past works. I think Paul enjoys the “ditty” and the infectious “fun” that some of his songs provide.
As for me….I like Dance Tonight. I agree that it makes me feel good and I’m a HUGE sucker for the mandolin so this is right up my alley. For validation, I called up #1 son, who happens to be a Beatles and McCartney authority and asked his opinion. He likes Dance Tonight and Memory Almost Full, in general but admits that it’s not his most favorite McCartney compilation. He’s going to shoot me a copy later but says that Paul’s effort, at 65, is phenomenal considering his recent personal situation and the fact that he’s been in this business for 45 years.
Not out of pity or historical admiration, but because I really enjoy the song and it’s enthusiasm, I give Dance Tonight 4 stars…. ****