Paul McCartney's Boundless Curiosity Is on Display on New Album Egypt Station
Paul McCartneyâs accumulated discography is among the most impressive in pop. But as heâs demonstrated in recent yearsâ"his collaborations with Dave Grohl as well as Kanye West and Rihanna, his marathon live showsâ"the former Beatle and forever member of rockâs highest echelons has little interest in being content with his amassed achievements. Egypt Station, the 76-year-old legendâs 17th solo album (and first since 2013), puts McCartneyâs boundless curiosity on loving display, balancing instantly hummable ditties with intrepid rock explorations.
McCartney recorded most of Egypt Station with superproducer Greg Kurstin (Tegan & Sara, Adele, Beck), and their combined savvy makes for an album thatâs as rewarding to listen to on stadium-sized speakers as it is in close-up. Its pop confections benefit from the pairâs attent ion to detail and studio knowledge; the gently giddy âHappy With Youâ heightens its floating-on-air mood with tumbling guitars and sweetly melodic flutes, while the gorgeous devotional âHand In Handâ revels in the sonic space between its steady piano and McCartneyâs slightly scuffed, yet still immediately recognizable high tenor.
The flirtatious âCome On to Me,â meanwhile, combines choppy riffs that recall The Beatlesâ scrappiest material with a bright brass blast (courtesy of the storied Muscle Shoals horns) and a lively break from the âMrs. Mills piano,â the Abbey Road Steinway that gave âLady Madonnaâ its oomph. Itâs hardly the only moment on the album that reminds the listener of who McCartney was and is, although heâs so essential to popâs firmament that they seem more like an inevitability than anything else.
Egypt Station really takes flight in its second half. The daydreamy âDominoes,â the tropicalia-tinged âBack In Brazil,â and the resolute âDo It Nowââ"the latter a stirring call to seize the day that blooms into full-on orchestral bliss, complete with harps and tubaâ"mesh into a whirlwind trip through McCartneyâs pointillistic psyche. The final two tracksâ"both six-plus minutes, both stylistic flights of fancy, separated by a brief interlude of icy choirs and found soundsâ"put a grandly ambitious bow on the album, with the epic âDespite Repeated Warningsâ embracing the largesse of prog-pop and âHunt You Down/Naked/CLinkâ shifting through styles with the energy of a band that wants to stretch its final encore out to the maximum length. But thatâs an appropriate closing motif for Egypt Station, a document of McCartneyâs spirit, which is still irrepressible mor e than five decades after the Beatles made their debut.
This appears in the September 17, 2018 issue of TIME.Source: Google News Egypt | Netizen 24 Egypt