Chaos and Creation in the Backyard


Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Studio album by Paul McCartney
Released 12 September 2005
Recorded Winter 2003 - Spring 2005
Genre Rock
Length 46:53
Label Parlophone, Capitol, EMI
Producer Nigel Godrich
Paul McCartney chronology
Twin Freaks
(2005)
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
(2005)
Never Stop Doing What You Love
(2005)
Alternative cover
Special Edition paper sleeve (CD with DVD). It features an ambigram of McCartney's name

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is the thirteenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney released in 2005. A long time in the making, the set was produced by Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich at George Martin's suggestion.

McCartney plays almost all of the instruments similar to his 1970 album McCartney and the 1980 McCartney II. In addition, Chaos And Creation In The Backyard marks the first time since 1984's Give My Regards to Broad Street that McCartney was not involved in producing one of his studio albums.

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard was McCartney's last rock album release for longtime label EMI. He signed a deal with Hear Music, owned by Starbucks, in March 2007.[1]

Contents

Production

Upon being asked to produce an album with McCartney, Godrich admitted:

"My initial reaction was one of terror, not only because it's a very important person, but I really wasn't sure how willing he would be to get his hands dirty."[2]

The two tentatively began a collaboration, recording the songs "This Never Happened Before" and "Follow Me" which was enough to convince both of them that they could develop an album. Godrich's participation was active: he inspired McCartney to write the song "At the Mercy", added piano loops on "How Kind of You" and worked with McCartney to slow the tempo of "Riding to Vanity Fair" which McCartney says "changed the mood completely".[3] Although initially taken aback, McCartney appreciated Godrich's tenacity and honesty.[citation needed]

According to McCartney, Godrich was at times blunt in his appraisal of McCartney's songs-in-progress during the making of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard:

"Nigel... refused to allow me to sing songs that he didn't like, which was very cheeky of him"[3]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78 [4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [5]
Blender 2/5 stars [6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [7]
Entertainment Weekly 7.5/10 stars [8]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[9]
Music Box 3.5/5 stars [10]
The New York Times (Positive)[11]
NME 6/10 stars [12]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [13]
Q 3.5/5 stars [14]
Robert Christgau (dud) [15]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [16]
Stylus Magazine (A) [17]
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Advance reviews for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard were very strong and signified that after delivering Flaming Pie, Run Devil Run, Driving Rain and this album — all in uninterrupted succession — McCartney is in a late-career creative peak. Many critics and longtime listeners also acknowledged that the album was unusually reflective and intimate-sounding for McCartney.[citation needed]. The sudden shift in direction was generally considered an unexpected and welcome surprise, and resulted in three Grammy nominations for the album, including the nomination for Album of the Year.

In the United States, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard debuted at the number-six on the Billboard 200 with sales of 91,544 copies. The album also entered the top-ten in the UK, spending 3 weeks on the chart. According to EMI, the album has sold 3.3 million copies worldwide.[18][19]

Individual tracks

The first single, the upbeat "Fine Line", was released in late August 2005, ahead of the release of Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, and reached #20 in the UK. A second single, "Jenny Wren", reached #22 in the UK that November.

McCartney said that the song "Friends to Go" is influenced by, and dedicated to George Harrison.

Artwork

The cover for Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is from a photograph of McCartney strumming a guitar in his family's back yard in Liverpool, taken by brother Mike McCartney (aka Mike McGear) and originally entitled Paul Under Washing, before being retitled Our Kid Through Mum's Net Curtains.

Follow up concerts

The 'US' Tour in 2005 helped to promote the album in the States and Canada.

There was also a promotional concert for the album held at Abbey Road Studios, called Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Paul McCartney.

No. Title Length
1. "Fine Line"   3:05
2. "How Kind of You"   4:47
3. "Jenny Wren"   3:47
4. "At the Mercy"   2:38
5. "Friends to Go"   2:43
6. "English Tea"   2:12
7. "Too Much Rain"   3:24
8. "A Certain Softness"   2:42
9. "Riding to Vanity Fair"   5:07
10. "Follow Me"   2:31
11. "Promise to You Girl"   3:10
12. "This Never Happened Before"   3:24
13. "Anyway"   7:22

Notes

  • Track 13 contains a hidden track "I've Only Got Two Hands" at 4:10 after 20 second break.

Other songs

In addition to the above tracks, the Japanese release of the CD included the song "She Is So Beautiful". The song was also offered as a free download in Windows Media Audio format to US customers who purchased the CD at Target stores. Other bonus downloadable songs were made available to people who bought the CD at certain other stores, such as Best Buy and Wal-Mart. Also, "Fine Line" and "Jenny Wren" appeared on singles with their running time shortened.

There are six songs which were recorded for Chaos not released on the album but were released as B-Sides and on imports:

Special Edition DVD

Personnel

Accolades

Grammy Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2006
[20]
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard Album of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
"Fine Line" Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male Nominated
2007
[21]
"Jenny Wren" Nominated

Charts

Chart positions

Chart (2005/06) Position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[22] 3
Austrian Albums Chart[23] 13
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[24] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[25] 10
Canadian Albums Chart[26] 6
Danish Albums Chart[27] 5
Dutch Mega Albums Top 100[28] 8
Finnish Albums Chart[29] 20
French SNEP Albums Chart[30] 3
German Media Control Albums Chart [31] 4
Italian Albums Chart [32] 3
Japanese Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[33] 19
Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart[34] 8
Spanish Albums Chart[35] 9
Swedish Albums Chart[36] 3
Swiss Albums Chart[37] 9
UK Albums Chart[38] 10
United States Billboard 200[26] 6

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[39] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[40] Gold 108,900[41]
Japan 39,000[42]
Russia (NFPF)[43] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] Gold 534,000[19]
Summaries
Worldwide 3,300,000[18]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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