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Deluxe edition includes two bonus tracks. 2013 album from the singer/songwriter, former Beatle and the most successful musician in popular music history. New is Sir Paul's first album of new solo material in six years. The album was produced by Marc Ronson, Paul Epworth, Giles Martin and Ethan Johns. Features 'Save Us', 'Early Days', 'Everybody Out There' and 'New'.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.63 x 4.8 x 0.31 inches; 2.47 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Hear Music
- Item model number : 27618238
- Original Release Date : 2013
- Date First Available : August 29, 2013
- Label : Hear Music
- ASIN : B00EUS9JF0
- Number of discs : 1
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Paul works in two modes here, most of the songs he uses his cracker jack touring band and the three songs with Paul Epworth, it's just Mr. Epworth on Drums and Macca on everything else. These compositions contain lots of psychedelic flourishes with fat guitar in a very wide range of styles, there's virtually no one out there offering this kind of varied mature writing that is deceptively complex in its scope and execution.
Paul is all over the map with this one and it makes for quite a ride from beginning to end. "Save Us" opens the proceedings with a spiky punk rocker with a terrific vocal. "Alligator" is an acoustic driven shuffle that is fast paced and edgy with great fuzz tone guitar hooks and a really cool, spacey section that comes out of nowhere. "On My Way To Work" offers solid lyrics where the protagonist describes his daily commute and his girlie magazine reference is priceless, the musical highlight being the heavy oriental sounding passage with substancial guitar. The song "Early Days" is a narrative about his teenage days with John Lennon looking for both inspiration and an audience for their songs, moving and memorable, with a swipe at critics and biographers who weren't there, potent stuff. "I Can Bet" is sort of a modern Wings song that propels along with cheeky vocals, a refrain to die for and a completely unexpected moog synth solo. "Appreciate" is an unusual track that is based on one chord swinging between major and minor with a very modern beat and various psychedelic sounds that builds to great atmospheric guitar at the end.
This album is rich with superb songs, brimming with musical ideas that span across the spectrum; songs like "Everybody Out There" with its tasty acoustic guitar riff and "Queenie Eye" with the infectious chorus and mixture of retro and cutting-edge sounds. The extra songs are essential, the catchy fast paced "Turned Out" continues the melodic innovative sounds and the great bluesy "Get Me Out Of Here" that would be a perfect acoustic fit for Eric Clapton, you gotta love that self-effacing humor when Paul sings out, "I'm a Celebrity". Indeed.
Mr. McCartney biggest gift is his ability to compose melodic, inventive, varied music. What he does here on "New" is marry that gift to contemporary sounds and technology in a thrilling 54 minutes.
Additional Comments 11/14/14: Just bought the "NEW" Collector's Edition Hard Cover Book Version. The 3 extra songs: "Demon's Dance", "Hell To Pay" and "Struggle" are stellar editions to an already Stellar Album. The First two songs are piano based rockers and "Struggle" is an interesting Avante Guarde piece. The live tunes included are reproduced very well in his live act. The DVD isn't indispensible but the 3 additioanl tunes certainly are. A great CD just got better.
STANDARD: Has 12 songs, + hidden track "Scared" tacked onto the end of the last song.
DELUXE EDITION: Has everything STANDARD version does, plus two outtakes: Turned Out and Get Me Out of Here.
COLLECTORS EDITION: Has everything DELUXE version does, plus three more outtakes: Struggle, Hell to Pay, Demon's Dance.
The Collector's Edition also contains a small hardcover book, and costs $28. It drives me crazy knowing bonus tracks are out there but not on my version. So I always get the more expensive version for the bonus tracks. You decide if an extra $15 is worth 3 extra bonus tracks.
So, here he is making 'New' music, with all the challenges that takes on. Did I expect something this good? I had no right to, then again I had no right not to. He has addressed the people in more frank a way than he did in the days of the Beatles, or so the first listen has led me to believe.
For fans of Paul McCartney, it's unlikely this will disappoint. Is the place for people who've never heard Paul McCartney's music to start? There are so many good places to start. But this could do. His voice isn't in prime time, … but something else is.
To start with to all those people who forever are saying and writing things like his voice is gone, his voice is not the same anymore, he can't write good songs like he use too etc etc etc. To all those people I say get a life! the man is 71 years old of course his voice won't sound the same but it stops there. The man is a genius and this album in my humble opinion is the best solo album he has ever recorded and I don't say that lightly.
After the first listen I sat there stunned not believing my ears, is this Paul McCartney? yes it was it was Paul at 71 years of age playing and singing with a maturity of a troubadour that has travelled all types of roads and continues to write and play music which gives pleasure to millions of people.
I truly hope he never stops writing and performing over time he has evolved as the most gifted singer/songwriter of all time, God bless you Paul.