On Second Thought
Paul McCartney - Press to Play

By: Alfred Soto

Posted 02/08/2005 - 10:19:19 AM by Fantastic:
 so...it's a bad album, but we should own it...wait, why?
Posted 02/08/2005 - 10:55:43 AM by Sotoalf:
 It's a mediocre album no McCartney fan, and any fan of addled pop music, can do without.
Posted 02/10/2005 - 12:48:45 PM by naiveteenidol:
 Matthew Weiner in the house — and thanks for the props, Alfred. You'll be shocked to learn that I really enjoyed this piece. It's interesting — McCartney himself dismissed this album in Uncut only a few months ago, saying something to effect that it deserved the "right whacking" it got in the press or something. Frankly, I disagree -- for all its faults, it's consistently interesting and strangely vital. Can't say the same for, say, Walls & Bridges.
Posted 02/10/2005 - 04:03:02 PM by Sotoalf:
 I credit you for the inspiration, Matthew. I read that same Uncut interview (November 2004, I think), and was surprised by how gracefully he accepted the criticism, which is not the usual way he takes bad press. The late Gene Siskel once wrote that when asked by Macca himself what he thought of "Give My Regards to Broad Street," he said that he almost threw a glass of orange juice in his face.
Posted 02/10/2005 - 04:06:17 PM by deamous:
 I absolutely adore this album, have since day one, and am convinced it's for more than nostalgic reasons -- having been 14 at the time, 'Press to Play' is to me as some (yeah, far superior) Beatles album is to the average boomer. I even like all the things you don't like about it -- the production, Eric Stewart, I'll take the lot (except "Footprints," and "Angry" for that matter). When 'Flowers in the Dirt' was dubbed his critical and commercial "comeback," 'Press to Play' became the "low point" he was coming back from -- which is complete nonsense. It's at least as good as 'Tug of War,' much better than 'Pipes of Peace' and kicks the self-indulgent ass of 'McCartney II.' I'll even go to bat for 'Back to the Egg.' Don't get me started!