One Of These Days

You could put a lot of the solo work of Paul McCartney and John Lennon on two opposite ends of a spectrum. McCartney was often too whimsical; Lennon usually too self-important. In 1980, McCartney recorded McCartney II — named because it was recorded alone, without a band, like his first post-Beatles album McCartney from ten years earlier.  It’s got a lot of synthesizers and several really weird songs, like “Check My Machine,” which consists almost entirely of McCartney repeating the title phrase over and over in a high-pitched, highly annoying voice.  But right before that there’s “One Of These Days,” an easy ballad. McCartney accompanies himself on the guitar, and applies a heavy echoing effect on his vocals, like he’s singing to you from a cave somewhere. It reminds me a little of a late-period Big Star song, like “Nighttime.”

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