"New" Features Sound Reminiscent of "Penny Lane-Era"!
2015 Grammy Award Nominee for:
Producer of The Year - Paul Epworth - "Queenie Eye", "Road", and "Save Us"
As half of the singing and songwriting core of The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney stands amongst the most influential figures in 20th century music. With John Lennon, guitarist George Harrison and drummer Ringo Starr, the Beatles changed the face of popular music forever.
Nearly all Beatles songs were co-credited to Lennon-McCartney, but McCartney was solely responsible for many of their best songs. His song "Yesterday" is thought to be the most covered pop song ever, and was estimated to have been performed over seven million times in the 20th Century. He was also the primary writer of "Lady Madonna", "Hey Jude", "Let It Be", "Good Day Sunshine" and "Helter Skelter", among many others. Since his success with the Beatles, McCartney has gone on to enjoy a massively successful solo career.
Produced by Ethan Johns, Paul Epworth and Mark Ronson.
McCartney's "New" album is the follow-up to 2012's Kisses On the Bottom and features a sound reminiscent of his Penny Lane-era songwriting.
Speaking about one of the songs they had recorded, a ballad titled "Hosanna", Ethan Johns told Rolling Stone: "The first day we had was remarkable. He walked in with this incredible song, we threw up a couple of microphones and within four hours we had this great track. I think we did an edit between the first two takes."
"It had an incredible feel - a really evocative piece of music," he added. "A very interesting lyric, and the performance was great. Then we started to experiment with it, and I put a bunch of psychedelic strangeness on it. You have fun. 'Oh, try this! Do that!' It's just very inspiring to be around."
"Youll swear youve heard this melody before somewhere in his enormous catalog, but that doesnt mean hes recycling. The familiarity of 'New' is reassuring, as warm and familiar as a worn comforter or a cup of tea. That gentle melancholy, most evident when his voice careers (with surprising agility) up to hit those high notes, is at odds with the witty arrangement, which tacks on a coda all but quoted from Smile. 'Dont look at me,' he sings. 'Its way too soon to see whats gonna be.' Even as a septuagenarian, McCartney would rather look hopefully toward the future-- even while hes having a bit of fun with the past." - Stephen Deusner, Pitchfork
Digital Download Card included
1. Save Us
3. On My Way to Work
4. Queenie Eye
5. Early Days
2. Everybody Out There
4. I Can Bet
5. Looking At Her