Critics' Choice: Jul. 3, 1989


PAUL McCARTNEY: FLOWERS IN THE DIRT (Capitol). McCartney goes back to the future by returning to his old Beatles label and collaborating with a shrewd, spiky co-writer, Elvis Costello. That Day Is Done and My Brave Face show both these lads in top form, and the entire album has a buoyancy that has eluded McCartney for years.

DR. JOHN: IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD (Warner Bros.). When jazz meets up with rhythm and blues, it's usually less a shoot-out than a sellout: one or the other gets sold short. Dr. John, a surgical master at the piano and a good, gruff...

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