After the Beatles split at the dawn of the '70s, Paul McCartney saw his next major project, Wings, rival his old band in global success. Singer-songwriter John Cunningham, based in Brighton, UK, draws heavily on that period for his piano-led excursions into the highways and byways of the human heart. Pop Matters critic David Fufkin described Cunningham as sounding like “a depressed Paul McCartney if he decided to write very literate, poetic, ‘heavy meaning'lyrics,” which is accurate to some extent, except that it suggests the album might be hard work. It's anything but. Cunningham's songs float by, as light as air but fetchingly wistful, so it's a bonus to discover that such seemingly fluffy fare is underpinned by razor-sharp observations and insights into the complexity of human relationships. Put it this way: The cast of Friends would love the music, but the cast of Dawson's Creek would also get the lyrics.
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