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Various: The Art Of McCartney

Album Review

All-star Macca tribute album is a long and grinding road towards soft-rock karaoke.

An entire double album devoted to Paul McCartney cover versions spanning both the Beatles era and after is a splendid idea, especially with marquee names like Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Aerosmith, Chrissie Hynde, Roger Daltrey and BB King on board. But which Macca is being celebrated here?

The radical art-pop genius who pushed the envelope with avant-garde sonics, orchestral arrangements and political protest songs? Or the populist crowd-pleaser whose saccharine melodies and sensible-jumpered hits have earned him soft-rock immortality in the drivetime heartlands? Take a guess.

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