New [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At its quietest moments, 2007's Memory Almost Full played like a coda to Paul McCartney's illustrious career; he seemed comfortable residing in the final act of his legend, happy to reflect and riff upon his achievements. Such measured meditation is largely absent from 2013's New, the first collection of original material he's released since 2007. New lives up to its title, finding McCartney eager, even anxious, to engage with modern music while simultaneously laying claim to the candied, intricate psychedelia of latter-day Beatles. Five decades into his career, reinvention isn't expected from McCartney, so the shock arrives in the avenues Paul chooses to follow...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
At its quietest moments, 2007's Memory Almost Full played like a coda to Paul McCartney's illustrious career; he seemed comfortable residing in the final act of his legend, happy to reflect and riff upon his achievements. Such measured meditation is largely absent from 2013's New, the first collection of original material he's released since 2007. New lives up to its title, finding McCartney eager, even anxious, to engage with modern music while simultaneously laying claim to the candied, intricate psychedelia of latter-day Beatles. Five decades into his career, reinvention isn't expected from McCartney, so the shock arrives in the avenues Paul chooses to follow and, here, he's enthusiastically embracing modernism and pop art. He brings in Mark Ronson, the producer best-known for hits by Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen, to add a bit of modern snazz, but sharp guy that he is, McCartney knows that contemporary pop albums are created by a fleet of producers, so Paul Epworth, a collaborator of Adele, Foster the People, and Florence & the Machine, is hired along with Ethan Johns (a veteran of Kings of Leon and Laura Marling) and Giles Martin (the son of Beatles producer George Martin), each enlisted to give New a crisp, clean sheen. There are a lot of cooks in the kitchen but the chef is undoubtedly McCartney, with every song -- from the kaleidoscopic title track to the delicate folk of "Hosanna" and the pounding, overstuffed "I Can Bet" -- bearing his unmistakable stamp. From the moment it opens with the insistent, propulsive "Save Us," this is a bright, vivid pop album, robust with color and so confident in its swagger that its assurance is almost distracting. Macca is determined to dazzle: not only are the melodies bold but the production is over-saturated so his pop pops in a way it hasn't in years, not since the days when a Top 40 single was a genuine possibility. Paul isn't chasing a hit single but rather embracing pop as a vital, vivacious life force, which makes the presence of "Early Days" all the more baffling. A stark acoustic recounting of the dawn of the Beatles, McCartney seems uncharacteristically defensive here as he wonders how anybody who wasn't in Hamburg could possibly tell tales of the Fab's origins, strangely tone-deaf to how he and his band have turned into myth. But that unwillingness to accept his role in history books also gives New its nerve, letting McCartney create music that is thoroughly within his lineage but cleverly modern, eschewing nostalgia for a vibrant present. That's why New is one of the best of McCartney's latter-day records: it is aware of his legacy but not beholden to it even as it builds upon it. [New was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • Label: Hear Music
  • UPC: 888072348370
  • Catalog Number: 34837
  • Sales rank: 6,341

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Save Us (2:39)
  2. 2 Alligator (3:27)
  3. 3 On My Way To Work (3:43)
  4. 4 Queenie Eye (3:48)
  5. 5 Early Days (4:07)
  6. 6 New (2:56)
  7. 7 Appreciate (4:28)
  8. 8 Everybody Out There (3:21)
  9. 9 Hosanna (3:29)
  10. 10 I Can Bet (3:21)
  11. 11 Looking At Her (3:05)
  12. 12 Road (4:51)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul McCartney Primary Artist, Bass, Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Celeste, Drums, Glockenspiel, Harmonium, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Maracas, Tambourine, Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Mellotron, Lap Steel Guitar, Wurlitzer, Synthaxe
Rusty Anderson Bouzouki, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Dave Bishop Baritone Saxophone
Ethan Johns Drums
Giles Martin Foot Stomping
Brian Ray Dulcimer, Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Cathy Thompson Violin
Paul "Wix" Wickens Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Peter Lale Viola
Patrick Kiernan Violin
Paul Epworth Drums
Anna Noakes Alto Flute
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Laura Melhuish Violin
Richard Pryce Bass
Toby Pitman Keyboards
Nina Foster Violin
Eliza Marshall Alto Flute
Technical Credits
Paul McCartney Composer, Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Ethan Johns Producer
Giles Martin Producer, Additional Production
Steve Orchard Engineer
Alison Burton Studio Coordinator
Paul Epworth Composer, Producer
Josh Blair Engineer
Matty Green Engineer
Mark Ronson Producer
Colette Barber Studio Coordinator
Faryal Ganjehei Studio Coordinator
Ben Foster Arranger
Tino Passante Studio Coordinator
Toby Pitman Programming
Al O'Connell Engineer
Matt Wiggins Engineer
Sam Okell Engineer
Dom Monks Engineer
Ben Ib Cover Image
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