Paul McCartney reprises Beatles with 'New' single
Solo album is due out in October, and the Mark Ronson-produced title-track rolls back the years
PAUL McCARTNEY has announced details of a new solo album, New, out in October, and has released the title track on the internet. The song, produced by Mark Ronson, attracted positive reviews after it appeared on YouTube.
Talking about the single, McCartney told the BBC: "It's catchy, it's summery, it's a love song. I think people will recognise it as definitely me."
He was not wrong. The Daily Telegraph says it is "a jaunty, Beatles-esque stomp topped with undulating Beach Boys harmonising and Sir Paul's familiar, if now slightly croaky, voice". The lyrics appear to pay tribute to McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, it adds.
According to Billboard, the new track is "a bouncy song in the horn-aided vein of Revolver classic Got to Get You Into My Life". NME believes it is more reminiscent of McCartney's slightly later Penny Lane-era writing.
Whatever the influence, Rolling Stone says "the song has a classic McCartney feel, with a sturdy beat and buoyant melody". Vintage Vinyl News is impressed by Ronson's production, which it claims emulates the style of Beatles collaborator George Martin by featuring his trademark reprise at the end of the song.
Ronson, who has worked with Amy Winehouse, Lady Gaga and Duran Duran, is one of several producers to have collaborated with McCartney on the album, his first full collection of new material since 2007.
McCartney said: "He knows his music, he knows what he likes and the two of us together took the song and tried to put the maximum vibe into it. We had a lot of fun. He brought expertise, energy, enthusiasm and the odd laugh or two."
Other producers on the album include Paul Epworth, with whom McCartney improvised; Ethan Johns, who has worked with artists including Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon; and Giles Martin, George's son.
New will be the first full album of new material from the 71-year-old former Beatle since his 2007 effort Memory Almost Full, and will come out on 14 October. The Independent says that McCartney is planning a series of live dates to promote the album. He has not played live in the UK since the closing ceremony of the London Olympics last year. ·