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"Memory Almost Full" by Paul McCartney

Click to buy at Amazon.com Reviewed by Terry Cochran

Forty years ago, Paul McCartney asked "Will you still need me, when I'm sixty-four?" Apparently, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" With the release of his latest album, "Memory Almost Full", Sir Paul comes full circle and provides commentary on his and others' middle ages.

After more than twenty albums down that long and winding road since the Beatles broke up, McCartney still has fresh and interesting material to present. In fact, this new album may resonate better with Boomer audiences, in particular, than many of his more recent efforts.

Released just prior to his sixty-fifth birthday, this album includes a rocking "Nod Your Head" for younger fans and an old-style British blues number called "Only Mama Knows," along with a couple of bouncy pop tunes like the first single from the album, "Dance Tonight." For most of us Boomers, though, the prime cuts will be the ones which address questions which we may or may not be ready to answer ourselves.

In "Vintage Clothes," for example, he acknowledges a twinge of nostalgia but tells us "Don't live in the past, don't hold onto something that's changing fast." While our own lives may not be the tabloid fodder that Paul's is, that's still good advice.

And in "That Was Me," he marvels at the stories brought to mind by stumbling over photos or relics of one's own personal past, as in "Hey, that was me!" We've all had those moments of wonder (or of regret), as we've been reminded of old stories. It doesn't take a surprise sixtieth birthday party to trigger such nostalgic moments -- this song can do that, all on its own.

Even "The End Of The End," with Paul's wishes for his own funeral, carries a positive message. As he says, "On the day that I die, I'd like jokes to be told" and "There's no need to be sad at the end of the end."

In speaking of the album title, Paul has said "I thought this is symbolic of life. You take in so much information that you have to erase some in order to cope." That may be true, but I suggest you hold on to the name of this CD -- and pick up a copy for yourself. There's nothing earth-shaking here, but it's good fun. All in all, not bad for "when I'm sixty-four . . ."

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