The Fireman Electric Arguments on Numbered 200g 2LP
Paul McCartney's 2008 Album with Producer Youth Newly Reissued As Numbered 200g 2LP-Set!
The name used for the instrumental electronic experiments created by Paul McCartney and producer Youth, The Fireman released their first two album projects Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1993) and Rushes (1998) anonymously. It was 10 years before McCartney's involvement was officially confirmed with the release of their third album, Electric Arguments (2008) – this time prominently featuring his vocals on most of the tracks.
It's 13 varied tracks were recorded in 13 days, over a period of nearly a year. Released by the independent labels One Little Indian and ATO, Electric Arguments topped the Billboard Independent Charts and was the first album by The Fireman to reach the UK and US top 75. Its title comes from a poem by Allen Ginsberg, an influence on Paul at the time, as he'd been "looking at the beauty of word combinations rather than their meaning." The album was a huge critical success, with Rolling Stone referring to it as "the ex-Beatle's headiest music in years."
The results on Electric Arguments were entirely different than its two predecessors and marked a directional change for The Fireman. Tracks like "Lifelong Passion" showcased a new more traditional song based sound with vocals, going against the sound of the first two albums. And so the speculation began. A studio source was quoted in The Times as describing their new sound as Arcade Fire meets Led Zeppelin.
Album opener "Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight" is classic rock and an instant attention grabber. A heavy guitar riff with loud drums and soaring vocals, it's like nothing The Fireman had ever done before. The second track, the acoustic driven "Two Magpies" immediately takes you in a different direction, calming things right down. Then we reach the third song "Sing The Changes," a euphoric upbeat cut with an instantly memorable melody. Electric Arguments continues in this fashion, keeping the listener intrigued as to where The Fireman will take them next.
Each album track has an entirely different personality, yet somehow this collection sits together perfectly. Other standout tracks include "Light From Your Lighthouse," "Sun Is Shining" and "Dance Til We're High‚" all in keeping with the genre-hopping spirit of the first two The Fireman albums. Electric Arguments demonstrates that Paul McCartney was indeed still interested in pure musical possibilities. This is an album set to both surprise and delight the listener. Made with no record company restraints or a set release date, Electric Arguments was produced with complete artistic and creative freedom and it shows.
• 200g 2LP-set
• Gatefold packaging protected by poly bag