Paul McCartney's 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard is not only his best album of the 21st century, it's also among his best albums of his entire career. In this episode, we place the songs into the context of what was happening in McCartney's life at the time the album was created, the inspiration and influences behind the songs, and a song-by-song musical analysis of the album's tracks.


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During the television special Chaos and Creation at Abbey Road (2005), Paul McCartney and Nigel Godrich illustrate some of the techniques and instruments that were incorporated into the making of the album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard

19th century English author Charles Dickens is a reoccurring source of inspiration throughout Chaos and Creation:

When McCartney was composing "English Tea", he envisioned Noel Coward performing it, and incorporated Coward's style of delivery into the song: 

"People Get Ready" by The Impressions (written in 1965 by Curtis Mayfield) inspired Paul McCartney's guitar in his song "Anyway":