The Fireman Electric Arguments

The Fireman Electric Arguments
In 2008, music fans were treated to the unlikely reunion of David Byrne and Brian Eno with the stellar Everything That Happens Will Happen Today. As the accolades poured in, Paul McCartney and ex-Killing Joke member Youth followed suit with a similar reunion, their first album in ten years. Like Byrne and Eno, McCartney and Youth as the Fireman abandoned their collage/mash-up electronic style to create a collection of songs heavily relying on traditional (i.e., pop rock) song construction rather than deconstruction. Electric Arguments features a much larger output from McCartney (providing vocals for every track), and Youth's verbose soundscapes benefit grandly. Electric Arguments features some of McCartney's grittiest and impassioned performances on record. Highlights include the R.L. Burnside-inspired "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight," the hauntingly exquisite "Two Magpies" and the gospel-tinged "Light From Your Lighthouse." Actually, McCartney is more Madonna than Byrne, showing us that the well is never dry when you surround yourself with the right people. (ATO)