The White Album: A Glorious Mess

The White Album was released 50 years ago today, and fans are still divided over whether it was one of The Beatles’ greatest pieces of work or a bit of a mess. Double albums can be tricky; they’re either so full of great material that the artist was unable to leave anything out, or they’re a sign that the artist is having trouble separating the good from the bad. But when it comes to The Beatles, the answer isn’t quite as simple as that. Continue reading “The White Album: A Glorious Mess”

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Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing ‘play’ for the first time, not knowing what you’ll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations… there’s nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013’s New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul’s from 1988 — but does it sound as interesting as it looks? Here’s a track by track breakdown. Continue reading “Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)”

Sgt Pepper At 50: Is It The Best Beatles Album?

It was fifty years ago today (well, okay, give or take a few days) that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It’s been hailed as one of the greatest albums ever made, one that completely changed the face of music, and half a century on it’s still widely considered to be The Beatles’ masterpiece. Continue reading “Sgt Pepper At 50: Is It The Best Beatles Album?”

Pete Best Of The Beatles (Review)

“I feel like I know Pete Best now.”

That’s what my friend said last night after we had been to see Stephen Kennedy’s play, Pete Best Of The Beatles, at The Complex in Dublin. She summed it up perfectly; no matter how familiar you think you might be with the former Beatles drummer’s story, this play will give you a new outlook on events. Continue reading “Pete Best Of The Beatles (Review)”

Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney’s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical collaborations in the form of Elvis Costello. Continue reading “Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance”

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)

Hardly a year goes by when I don’t receive something Beatles related for Christmas, and this one was no different. I’d been meaning to try out the Beatles edition of Trivial Pursuit for quite a while and finally decided now was the right time. Continue reading “The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)”

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I’ve only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst from his new biography. But I decided to give it a chance. Continue reading “Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)”

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)

Every time a new film or book about The Beatles is released nowadays, promising a fresh perspective on the story, one of the first things that comes to mind is, “Will we really learn anything new from this?” Furthermore, is there even anything left to learn? Ron Howard’s new documentary film, which focuses on the band’s touring years up to 1966, manages to tell a familiar tale in an exciting way. It’s easy to tell that this film has been a labour of love for Howard, and it’s sure to generate an immense feeling of love for Beatles fans everywhere watching it. Continue reading “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)”