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ALBUM REVIEWMcCartney returns

Maria Eutsler

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Paul McCartney gets it right once again. From his years with the Beatles to his years in Wings and also his solo career, one thing has stayed the same: the greatness of his music.

McCartney’s latest solo album “Driving Rain” is filled with lyrically moving songs and the sweet harmonies that have made this brilliant songwriter a rock icon.

“Driving Rain” is McCartney’s first solo album in two years. While most people see McCartney as just an ex-Beatle, he is the truest meaning of the word legend.

It’s not fair to compare McCartney’s work with that of his band Wings or his solo career to the hits he had with the Beatles. But no one can deny his talent as a songwriter.

Songs like “From a Lover to a Friend” with lyrics like, “From a lover to a friend, take your own advice, let me love again, now that you turned out to be someone I can trust, someone I can believe,” are uplifting stories of the heart.

But what makes this album so much more special is track 16, which isn’t labeled on the CD cover, a song called “Freedom. McCartney wrote it the day after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. It’s a live studio recording with Eric Clapton on guitar.

It’s a touching tribute to all Americans. With Clapton on guitar and McCartney’s lyrics, “Freedom, all I want is freedom, they can’t take that away.” It really is an amazing song.

All of the royalties from the single will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which is an organization helping the victims of Sept. 11.

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