Thursday, March 22, 2012

Waterfalls


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'Waterfalls" by Paul McCartney.



"Waterfalls" is perhaps Paul McCartney's most obscure Top Ten single of his entire career. If you asked even experts on the Beatles who wrote "Waterfalls," you'd get a lot of blank looks. The single made no impression whatsoever in the United States - it "peaked" at No. 106 - but in some markets, it did quite well. For instance, "Waterfalls" went to No. 4 in Ireland and No. 9 in Norway and the United Kingdom. Of course, in many markets, "Waterfalls" didn't chart at all. When Paul McCartney releases a song like "Waterfalls," especially as the follow-up to the rocking "Coming Up," you know he must be trying to make some kind of larger statement (one can imagine the looks on the faces of the record company executives when Paul said he wanted to release it). So, "Waterfalls" is a very unique single which appeals to a rarefied audience. But, within that audience, it is beloved, I suppose.

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"Waterfalls" is off of the 1980 "McCartney II" album, which itself drew a very mixed reaction from the record-buying public. I will admit that "Waterfalls" is not to my taste, particularly, as I find Paul's tendency toward choir-boy vocals a bit off-putting (he does it much better a couple of years later in "Wanderlust"). The best thing about "Waterfalls" is the delightful accompanying music video, which is vividly colorful and juxtaposes Paul with a polar bear. How often do you get to see that? The "Waterfalls" video shows Paul in the middle of the composition process, which is completely fictional, of course, but still provides a nice sort of dream-sequence aspect to his songwriting skills. While "Waterfalls" is not to my own taste, I can understand why it did quite well in certain places with its ecological theme and sort of suburban-adventurer pose. The English love this track, maybe you will, too.

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