Electric Arguments

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Electric Arguments
Studio album by The Fireman
Released 24 November 2008
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre Rock, ambient, electronica, psychedelic rock
Length 63:05
Label One Little Indian
Producer Paul McCartney, Martin Glover
The Fireman chronology
Rushes
(1998)
Electric Arguments
(2008)
Paul McCartney chronology
Amoeba's Secret
(2007)
Electric Arguments
(2008)
Good Evening New York City
(2009)

Electric Arguments is the third album by The Fireman, an experimental music duo consisting of Paul McCartney and producer Youth. The album was first announced 29 September 2008, on Paul McCartney's website, and was released on 24 November 2008 on the duo's website.[1] It is the first Fireman release to be publicly acknowledged by McCartney, and the album cover features the names of both contributors.

Background and recording[edit]

Unlike the earlier Fireman albums, Electric Arguments features prominent vocals. Each of the songs was recorded in one day, the album itself being completed in only thirteen days, spread over the course of a year.[1] The album includes the hidden track "Road Trip", at the end of "Don't Stop Running".[2] Remixes of "Lifelong Passion" were made, titled "Sawain Ambient Acapella" and "Sawain Instrumental Dub".[2] Instrumental mixes of "Sun Is Shining" and "Traveling Light" were made, titled "Equinox Instrumental" and "Travelling Light Instrumental", respectively.[2] Instrumental dub mixes were made of "Sing the Changes" and "Don't Stop Running", titled "Morning Mist Instrumental Dub" and "Wickerman Ambient Dub", respectively.[2]

The duo borrowed the title "Electric Arguments" from the poem "Kansas City to St. Louis" by Allen Ginsberg. In Wired magazine, McCartney stated this was because "he's been looking at the beauty of word combinations rather than their meaning."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club B–[6]
CHARTattack 4.5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[9]
Mojo 3/5 stars[10]
The Observer 4/5 stars[11]
Paste 8.6/10[12]
Pitchfork Media 7.3/10[13]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[14]
Spin 3.5/5 stars[15]
Uncut 4/5 stars[16]

Electric Arguments debuted at number 79 on the UK Album Charts, marking the first appearance for The Fireman in the British charts. The duo also made their inaugural appearance on the Billboard 200, peaking at number 67. Electric Arguments was acclaimed by critics, cited as one of the best albums of 2008.[citation needed]

According to reviews aggregator Metacritic, the album rated 74 out of 100, indicating a "generally favourable" critical reception, based on 23 reviews (18 of which were positive, four mixed, and one negative).[17] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that "There are more twists and turns, more textures, than on any other McCartney album in the last 20 years …"[5] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone called the album "the ex-Beatle's headiest music in years".[14] In a four-star review for The Times, Pete Paphides wrote that "Electric Arguments is delivered with a disregard for production values or playlist potential that would make, say, Keane or the Kooks blush at their own conservatism".[18]

Less impressed, Alex Macpherson of The Guardian described the album as "heavily laboured hackwork". He said of the track "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight": "This has been pegged by the more excitable tabloids as a hate rant against [McCartney's ex-wife] Heather Mills, but if this is what she has had to put up with, it may just have done the unthinkable and engendered sympathy for the poor woman."[8] Ron Hart of PopMatters rated Electric Arguments 7 out of 10 and considered that the project's appeal "depends on where you stand as a Macca fan", following the singer's run of strong studio albums since Driving Rain in 2001. After opining that these nominal McCartney albums were "much stronger releases on almost every level", Hart concluded: "Electric Arguments does harbor its own unique charm that will certainly appeal to longtime fans moreover than Macca's previous pair of Fireman jaunts."[19]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul McCartney.

  1. "Nothing Too Much Just Out of Sight" – 4:55
    • An edited version premiered on Radio One on 29 September 2008.[20]
  2. "Two Magpies" – 2:12
  3. "Sing the Changes" – 3:44
  4. "Travelling Light" – 5:06
  5. "Highway" – 4:17
  6. "Light from Your Lighthouse" – 2:31
  7. "Sun Is Shining" – 5:12
  8. "Dance 'Til We're High" – 3:37
  9. "Lifelong Passion" – 4:49
  10. "Is This Love?" – 5:52
  11. "Lovers in a Dream" – 5:22
  12. "Universal Here, Everlasting Now" – 5:05
  13. "Don't Stop Running" – 10:31
    • The song ends at 5:54. A bonus track titled "Road Trip", according to the copyright registrants, begins at 7:57.
Bonus track

Release[edit]

Reissues[edit]

Electric Arguments has been reissued in several packages:[22]

  • Digital Only digital download; the original 13-track album as a digital download
  • CD and digital 1 CD and digital download; the original 13-track album as a CD and digital download
  • Vinyl, CD and digital 2 LPs, 1 CD and digital download; the original 13-track album as an LP, CD and digital download
  • Deluxe edition (2009) 2 LPs, 2 CDs, 2 DVDs and digital download; a tin box set containing: the original 13-track album as an LP, CD and digital download. 7-track CD containing bonus mixes and alternate versions, DVD of hi-definition audio recordings, DVD of multi-track session files, 2 exclusive art prints, and extensive booklet
Disc 1 – The original album

The original 13-track album.

Disc 2 – bonus tracks

The 7-track bonus disc.

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney

Disc 3 – DVD - Hi-definition audio recordings

The music videos and making-of the album.

Disc 4 – DVD - Multi-track session files

Multi-track session files.

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Fireman Finds Voice With Brand New Album". Paul McCartney.com. 29 September 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The McCartney Recording Sessions – 2008". Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Buskirk, Eliot Van (18 November 2008). "Video: Paul McCartney and Youth Talk 'The Fireman'". Wired. Retrieved 18 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Cott, Jonathon (22 January 2009). "Paul McCartney Q&A: Behind the Fireman's New Psych-Pop Gem". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Electric Arguments > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  6. ^ Keith Phipps (17 December 2008). "The Fireman Electric Arguments". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Sheena Lyonnais (12 December 2008). "The Fireman – Electric Arguments". CHARTattack. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Alex Macpherson (9 November 2008). "The Fireman: Electric Arguments". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Randy Lewis (24 November 2008). "Album review: The Fireman's 'Electric Arguments'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Fireman Electric Arguments". Mojo. December 2008. p. 111. 
  11. ^ Neil Spencer (9 November 2008). "Pop review: The Fireman, Electric Arguments". The Observer. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Brent Dey (12 December 2008). "The Fireman: Electric Arguments :: Music Reviews". Paste. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  13. ^ Stuart Berman (24 November 2008). "Album Reviews: The Fireman: Electric Arguments". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  14. ^ a b Will Hermes (27 November 2008). "Electric Arguments : the fireman : Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  15. ^ David Marchese (December 2008). "The Fireman Electric Arguments". Spin. p. 104. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Peter Paphides (December 2008). "Album review: The Fireman – Electric Arguments". Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "Critic Reviews for Electric Arguments". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  18. ^ Pete Paphides (22 November 2008). "The Big CD: The Fireman – Electric Arguments". The Times. Retrieved 9 September 2009. 
  19. ^ Ron Hart (8 December 2008). "The Fireman: Electric Arguments". PopMatters. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Hottest Record In The World Right Now – The Fireman". Paul McCartney.com. 30 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  21. ^ "New McCartney Track For Adopt-A-Minefield". Paul McCartney.com. 4 June 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "The Fireman Music | Electric Arguments produced by Paul McCartney & Youth". paulmccartney.com. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 

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