Paul McCart­ney

Mojo (UK) - - Filter Albums - Mat Snow

★★★★ Egypt Sta­tion CAPI­TOL. CD/DL/LP Just as the shad­ows lengthen… a sur­prise good day sun­shine!

Macca fans have been brac­ing for the long good­bye: the shorter tours, the longueurs between al­bums, the voice los­ing its spring and grip, the birth­days mount­ing up to 76. But now, five years af­ter his last al­bum, New, Paul McCart­ney re­leases his boun­ci­est, catchi­est, most con­sis­tent col­lec­tion since, well, Band On The Run. How has he done it? By re­turn­ing to the dis­ci­plines of that ‘70s era when a hit sin­gle re­ally mat­tered. So: the thump­ing swag­ger of Abe La­boriel Jr’s Rin­goid drums; no clut­ter – let’s hear the hooks, not have to dig for them; strict qual­ity con­trol on melody, har­mony and groove; con­ci­sion – no song out­stays its wel­come. Take a bow, then, Beck, Adele and Kelly Clark­son pro­ducer Greg Kurstin. Every song has a talk­ing point, con­spic­u­ously the seven-minute De­spite Re­peated Warn­ings. Con­tra-Brexit? Eco-alert? What­ever, every song puts a tap in your toe, a worm in your ear and a smile on your face.

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