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Macca in a nostalgic mood.

So far, with the two tracks that we’ve heard from the new McCartney album have been lighter hits, as I like to call them.  While it appears that the album tracks are not retreads of McCartney’s storied career, though they do look back a little, with some nostalgic flair.  It’s interesting to me to hear these songs paying homage to the past, but still sounding forward-thinking and relevant today.  I get the feeling that we are going to get a knockout of an album that combines McCartney’s penchant for fondly remembering his own history, yet creating a new LP of work that sounds relevant today.  Most artists his age would simply play it safe and release a retread of an album.  That isn’t the case, just listen to these two tracks, and anything from Chaos and Creation.

It’s exciting to think about.  We can’t wait to hear the rest.  I like his more Beatlesque work personally, and cannot wait to hear the medley that closes the new album.  It could possibly be one for the ages.  

Here’s what we’ve read.

A reflective Paul McCartney, currently embroiled in a bitter divorce battle, retreats to a simpler time of childhood games and early Beatles gigs on his new album, “Memory Almost Full.”

The album, his first since 2005’s Grammy-nominated “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard,” is due for worldwide release in the week beginning June 4; he turns 65 on June 18.

“In places it’s a very personal record, and a lot of it is retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid, from Liverpool and from summers gone,” McCartney said in a statement. “The album is evocative, emotional, rocking, but I can’t really sum it up in one sentence.”

McCartney pondered the past in such Beatles tunes as “Penny Lane” and “Eleanor Rigby,” and returns to similar territory in such new songs as “That Was Me,” in which he recalls “playing conkers at the bus stop” and “Merseybeatin’ with the band.”

But tunes such as “My Ever Present Past” and “Vintage Clothes” warn against spending too much time looking back.

Fans looking for commentary on McCartney’s highly publicised and increasingly nasty divorce from Heather Mills might find a conciliatory line in the song “Gratitude,” in which he sings, “I should stop loving you, think what you put me through, but I don’t want to lock my heart away.”

A spokesman said he did not know if this lyric was directed at Mills, who separated from McCartney last year and has been portrayed in tabloid newspapers as gold-digger seeking to cash in on the beloved former Beatle’s fortune.

In his statement, McCartney noted, “I know people are going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different ways, but this has always been the case.”

Memory Almost Full” marks his first release for coffee retailer Starbucks’s nascent Hear Music label, following a career spent mostly at EMI Group

Source: News Scotsman


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