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10th October, 2013
Album review: New - Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney’s 16th solo album is appropriately entitled New, not for a refresh in style of his song writing but for Paul's 'new' aim with his producers.
Paul worked with four producers whilst recording the album, Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars and Lily Allen), Giles Martin, Ethan Jones (Kings of Leon, Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams) and Paul Epworth (Adele, Foster the People and Bloc Party).
The noticable change in style of production on New may boil down to the fact that the average age of the producers who worked on the album is 41, a considerably younger team than the one that worked on Paul’s last studio album Memory Almost Full in 2007.
Don’t think that you won’t be hearing a Paul McCartney album though; Paul’s song writing is as melodic and memorable as ever. Tracks on the album vary from minimal McCartney acoustic tracks such as Early Days to heavily produced tracks such as Road. Songs such as I Can Bet would feel at home on any Wings album and the title track New feels almost like a reprise to Got to Get You into My Life. The album has a huge amount to offer for fans of Paul McCartney and also fans of The Beatles.
Paul said about the album: “It's funny, when I play people the album they’re surprised it’s me. A lot of the tracks are quite varied and not necessarily in a style you'd recognise as mine. I didn't want it to all sound the same. I really enjoyed making this album. It's always great to get a chance to get into the studio with a bunch of new songs and I was lucky to work with some very cool producers. We had a lot of fun."
The Beatles Story's top five New tracks:
- Early Days
- Queenie Eye
- I Can Bet
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