Tug Of War (Archive Collection)
Label: Hear Music
Macca experienced -- after slipping into silly-love-song irrelevance by the end of the 1970s -- a rebirth at the dawn of the 1980s. First, the tunesmith dropped the synth-flavored McCartney II; he then unveiled Tug of War, his best and most fully realized album since Band on the Run. From punchy new wave to rockabilly to symphonic pop, McCartney covers miles and miles of sonic ground. The ambition fueling the music also powers the ex-Beatle's lyrics, which are some of his most personal and intimate. A prime example of this is "Here Today," a touching tribute to his old partner John Lennon.