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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Dog, New Tricks!, 1 Nov. 2013
This review is from: New (Audio CD)
This is an easy album to review. There is good news and bad news. First the bad news.
There is only one very weak track (Hosanna) and it is fairly cringey. The good news is that the rest of the album is a definite return to form after the dreadful "Memory Almost Full" album in 2007.
There is freshness to some of the material and the four producers have done some very good work.
On a first listen, it is easy to pick out the album's strengths as they leap out and grab the attention.
I am not convinced that Ethan Johns has done much good with the material, but Paul Epworth (Adele's producer) has done a stellar job on three tracks, all of which are really strong and convincing, "Save Us",
"Queenie Eye" and "Road". Mark Ronson too has done a fine job on the title track, "New" and the unusual grower, "Alligator".
Giles Martin gets the lion's share of the production duties and with mixed results. On My Way to Work
"Appreciate" and "I Can Bet" are as good as McCartney can get these days. They are really very good additions to his magnificent body of work.
"Everybody out There", "Looking at Her" and "On My Way to Work" are fairly good, enjoyable, but not quite top notch or terribly inspiring.
It is clear that Paul's voice generally isn't what it was and is at times quite creaky, while at other junctures it is quite expressive and takes some risks away from the treading water, clichéd approach that made "Memory Almost Full" such a tedious listen. Paul really benefits from working collaboratively with producers who aren't sycophantic or afraid to curtail his mawkish excesses. I particularly like what Paul Epworth has delivered on this album.
It is a good sounding album, with a good dynamic. It doesn't quite break into drastically new territory but it really shows the greatness of the man, still able to conjure some new moments of magic after 50 odd years.
This won't bring in millions of new fans, but it really is very, very good and well worth buying.
I'll just keep skipping "Hosanna" which is a blot on the otherwise appealing soundscape.
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Initial post: 1 Nov 2013 19:50:08 GMT
Newportonian says:
This album contains three good songs in my opinion, 'Early Days', 'On My way To Work', and 'New'. I agree with you that 'Memory Almost Full' wasn't amongst Paul's best and compared poorly with its predecessor 'Chaos and Creation'. However it did contain some good songs and therefore is superior to this disappointing effort.

Posted on 3 Nov 2013 08:51:46 GMT
Rock Man says:
"That Was Me", "End Of The End", "See Some Sunshine", "Mr Bellamy","Only Mama Knows", "Dance Tonight" - 6 cracking tracks from Memory Almost Full without even getting the CD out!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 10:37:20 GMT
L J Thomson says:
I'd add "House Of Wax" to Rock Man's list, just proving that this reviewer has cloth ears! "New" isn't a patch on "Memory Almost Full" or its predecessor. It's not even better than "Kisses".

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 19:18:27 GMT
Mister Kite says:
Sorry, but End of the End is just awful, and I sincerely hope it WON'T be played on tv news when he finally pops his clogs, god rest his soul.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 22:24:07 GMT
Joe Public says:
"Chaos and Creation" was really good. "Memory Almost Full" was not IMHO. What exactly were the good songs? Surely apart from "Dance Tonight" it's forgettable,bland and uninteresting.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 22:24:54 GMT
Joe Public says:
100% Agreed!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 22:29:17 GMT
Joe Public says:
Cloth ears? Cheeky,opinionated prat! That is the pot calling the kettle black. I'd say that this comment proves the commentator has no ears whatsoever! From the list of their reviews, confirms that they are a sad,moaning minnie who takes a twisted pleasure in trashing almost everything.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 10:56:49 GMT
L J Thomson says:
Yes, Callum Doone, we should all listen to your racist rantings whilst reading your reviews of low budget headphones made in Ireland (a real cause for celebration?) and cheap mens' fragrance! I had to laugh at that, I can tell you! Do you use a lot of scent to cover up the obvious? By the way, you should respect the Chinese. They work hard and as a result are obtaining more and more industry as days go by. We will all be working for them in another 50 years.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 11:48:18 GMT
Joe Public says:
You're an abusive, sociopath and you really ought to seek therapy before you end up getting sectioned. I neither rant nor indulge in any racism whatsoever. The headphones are not budget headphones you imbecile, they are professional quality. Can you not read? Your other insinuations are as pathetic as they are insulting and reflect the level of your intellect and your zero capacity for debate. How old are you, 10? You sound like a nasty little schoolboy, full of fury which signifies absolutely nothing.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 11:51:16 GMT
Joe Public says:
You are being reported for defamatory statements and online behaviour.
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