Sunday, November 10, 2013

CD review: Paul McCartney, "New"

Billy Joel said the hardest job in the world is being Paul McCartney. Imagine every album you put out getting compared to "Sgt. Pepper's" or "The White Album."

Yet, it's still his best album in years, and stands up to the others. The standout is "Queenie Eye," a (I hate to say it) Lennon-esque rocker based on a children's game chant. Sounds crazy, but "Helter Skelter" was a song about a sliding board.

"Queenie Eye" is so good it makes me wonder why the title track was the first single/video release. "New" is good but it's the most Beatley, it could easily have been the B-side of "Penny Lane."

"Early Days" is his rebuttal to historians who claim to have a better account of the Beatles' early days than Paul. He sings it in an old man voice though, but once you get over that it's very good.

It closes with the Robert Johnson-ish Blues number "Get Me Out of Here." This is what the Beatles and Paul have always done, write homages to genres they loved that are just as good as the source material.

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