(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.)
“Arrow Through Me,” off 1980’s Back To The Egg, finds McCartney dipping into his Stevie Wonder bag of tricks, employing both a laid back, slightly gruff, low-end Michael McDonald coupled with a high falsetto. All good, but what really sets the track apart, and grounds it in some kind of white-boy funk netherworld, is McCartney’s use of the the fender Rhodes. Almost sinister, the bassline not only anchors “Arrow,” but transforms it—from what could have easily been a rote Macca torch/love song—into a thick, delicious, slow-burn. Heavily steeped in the times, a la Steely Dan, “Arrow” was just dusted off in 2010 and sampled by Erykah Badu.
MP3: Wings :: Arrow Through Me