Paul McCartney is back with his first collection of genuinely essential new pop songs with a licious twist since 2007's low-key 'Memory Almost Full", the 71 year old pop legend hooks up with a crack team of relatively young/hip producers to deliver his most enjoyable and energetic album in ages.
Tuneful and poppy but with an intuitive rock 'n' roll edge my verdict: STILL FAB!!!
The theme of a man living in the present and constantly reinventing himself while acknowledging his history is reinforced by his quartet of collaborators: new kids Paul Epworth (who helmed Adele's 21) & Mark Ronson (who won Paul over after DJ-ing at his wedding to Nancy Shevell) are joined by Giles Martin & Ethan Johns (the sons of George Martin & Glyn Johns, who both worked with The Beatles).
Every song is full of charisma & charm i was hooked from the start i'm a beatle obsessive a huge fan of Macca he truly is amazing, mesmerising & a total legend in his own right! Echoes of the past are apparent from the off, the opening track 'Save Us' is one of several songs - 'Everybody Out There' & 'I Can Bet' is another - that nod in the direction of Wings. the dreamy groovy psychedelia of 'Alligator' & the sunny beautifully sung title track (both produced by Ronson) with the latter hark back to The Beatles circa 'Penny Lane' & 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.
'On My Way To Work' recalls McCartney's early solo hit 'Another Day', while the astounding 'Early Days' addresses his bugbear about those who get their Fab Four facts wrong.
The whole album is very experimental & i just love it! It is euphoric & hypnotic a stand out gem highly infectious! 'Looking At Her' an imaginative blend of electro & brazilian bossa nova frisky rhythms for a feel good shakedown & then their is the Giles Martin-produced 'Appreciate' a mixture of hip hop loops & synthetic drums, he puts his own unique stamp on his music his trademark so to speak.
McCartney has made an amazing comeback i love the fact that he is always reinventing himself he is an absolute legend one word EPIC!!!! Beatles obsessives will not be disappointed.