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New album another music milestone for Sir Paul

Paul McCartney?

The guy that used to sing and play bass with The Beatles?

Yup, that’s the one. His newest “Egypt Station” release has truly been delighting fans and critics. It’s simple to see why.

His first studio release since 2013’s “New,” “Egypt Station” is chock-full of praiseworthy prime time tunes.

photo courtesy PaulMcCartney.com

photo courtesy PaulMcCartney.com

His first number one album in the U.S. since 1982’s “Tug of War,” most tracks are characteristic McCartney – solid arrangements with loads of heart. The new album gets extra edge from producer Greg Kurstin (Beck, Adele, Foo Fighters) and clocks in at almost a full hour of music.

“I Don’t Know,” the first full track on the new release, boasts plaintive locals, melodious keyboards and first-rate drums; Paul himself plays drums on much of the album.

And rambunctious party tracks “Come On to Me” (currently on PRPs playlist) and “Fuh You” are polished, infectious sheer fun.

Come On to Me

The sixteen tracks on “Egypt Station” were recorded between Abbey Road, London, Sussex and Los Angeles; the album title comes from one of his paintings.

Wait. He paints, too?

The seventeenth solo studio album by McCartney, “Egypt Station” has garnered a profusion of critical acclaim (Rolling Stone, Billboard and NME). It’s somewhat surprising given his age – he’ll be 77 next year – but not so surprising coming from a songwriter so prolific and eternally popular.

“Yesterday” is one of the most covered songs in history, with more than 2,200 recorded versions. And McCartney’s compositions have been featured in many movies, including “The World According to Garp” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and the 2014 drama “Boyhood.”

More new album notables?

The anthemic, time-honored message of “People Want Peace” is sure to garner radio airplay.

And reflective “Happy With You” is classic Paul…a love song that, like a fine wine, is sure to age to perfection. Acoustic guitar, clear vocals and touches of pan flute conspire to make this a catchy, touching keeper.

Have a listen:

Happy With You

Lastly?

Sounding simultaneously retro and fresh, his extraordinary “Dominoes” shines like some supernatural Beatles-Wings-McCartney collaboration we truly never expected to hear. Party on!

After all these years…from someone so long-gifted…what a gift.

Cynthia Orlando

Cynthia Orlando is lifelong music enthusiast who reviews pop, rock, Indie, blues & bluegrass artists. You can follow Cynthia on Twitter. Listen to PRP

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