When it comes to a Paul McCartney tribute, you probably get pretty much every star you want for this project. And so came Bob Dylan, who doesn't do this every day, Billy Joel, Brian Wilson and Roger Daltrey, but also unexpected but welcome guests like Kiss, Alice Cooper and The Cure. So diversity was provided and it could have been an exciting project in the tradition of legendary tribute albums like "I'm Your Fan" (Leonard Cohen) or "Two Rooms" (Elton John). But then McCartney's notorious control mania probably pulled the plug on the whole thing. The songs were played by his accompanying band. And that means that everything sounds uniform, routine and ultimately rather uninspired. The only difference to the already smooth versions on Macca's countless live albums is the voice. That can make the difference, as in the case of The Cures Robert Smith, but mostly you submit to the bombast of the rental musicians. A missed opportunity that makes you a little wistful.
Top track: Hello Goodbye (The Cure with James McCartney)