Paul McCartney: James Patrick/Retna
November 16, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B

On the plus side, Driving Rain feels fine because Macca is employing an actual band, and the combo’s spontaneous working method allows for plenty of rough edges, in contrast to the airless Beatleisms of his last album of new material, 1997’s ”Flaming Pie.” But then, ”Pie” had some real songs to recommend it, while way too many of these 16 tunes sound like they were scribbled down right before the band plugged in. Faithful fans will get a kick out of hearing Paul at his loosest, even as ”Rain”’s underdeveloped charms are lost on those less devoted.

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