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15 October 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
Finished it a couple of minutes ago.
My opinion: Very strong first-half, I was brushing my teeth and dancing while listening to it :) Second-half dragged a bit but relatively enjoyable. I love "On My Way to Work" and "Alligator", not to keen on "Hosanna". The idea of "Scared" as a hidden track was kinda ruined as every article about New commented on how it had a "hidden track". Slightly spoiled it but anyways
It gets: 3.7/5

Just had my first listen - I really liked it but agree the first half is stronger than the second.  In the old days of 6 per side I would most likely hammer the first and occasionally hit the second.  The two local 'bonus tracks' on the 'deluxe' would, for me, have been better than any of the last 6; I particularly liked "Turned Out' and "Get Me Out Of Here' was fun as well.  For mine, this is what makes the whole 'standard and deluxe' thing so odious - particularly if the same goes for the 'bonus' track in Japan.  Anyway, great to have such an enjoyable album at this stage of Paul's career - 4/5 for me at this point.

Oh, the 'hidden' track - the first I read of it was when you mentioned it :)   - but it was at a higher volume level than the rest of the album which was slightly annoying.

This is all very exciting for me - the last Paul album I bought the day of release was back in 1984 or so ("Broad Street").  It's been a long time - too long.

Side issues - wall of text much Paul?  The voice is obviously nowhere near what it was - but the songs seem nicely written to make a strength of what could otherwise possibly have been an issue.  I really loved "Early Days" and I reckon the opening track could have gone top 10 when the fans were still buying his singles.

 

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15 October 2013
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So now that I've heard the full album, these are my thoughts:

First off, it's clear that Paul's work with multiple young producers this time around is closely tied to a desire to embrace musical modernity. To my ears, the only song which wilfully evokes a Beatlesque sound is the title track. Other than that, New is what you might describe as "aggressively contemporary," clearly influenced by a variety of current popular music, with mixed results.

I'll get the worst bits out of the way first: "Everybody Out There" is one of those "rally the troops" stadium anthems that Paul occasionally rolls out and it's quite frankly leaden, meaningless and embarrassing. It's also unfortunate that the album's opener, "Save Us", is one of the record's serious missteps in trying to sound current; it's a propulsive rocker with an urgent indie riff that sounds exactly like the Strokes, but such an inherently youthful energy doesn't sit well with Paul's voice or delivery.

"Alligator" and "On My Way to Work", however, are an excellent redeeming double-punch, both catchy tunes full of crunchy, brooding riffs straight out of recent Arctic Monkeys material. Some of the lines in "Alligator" call to mind Alex Turner's lyrical style too, particularly the snappy, suggestive "I need somebody who's a sweet communicator I can give my alligator to." The pounding piano of "Queenie Eye" has strong hints of the Scissor Sisters and is another of the album's zeitgeist-riding successes, even if it relies a little too heavily on chanting rather than tunefulness (more on this later).

The album's production is extremely dense and eclectic, and I would align the record with Chaos and Creation and Electric Arguments in the sense that there's a heavy focus on atmosphere; many of New's tracks are built on beds of electronic noise or disappear suddenly into washes of psychedelia. The two tracks that really push the boat out in terms of sound are "Road" and "Appreciate." The former is a twisting, turning mood piece very reminiscent of the Fireman's excursions into trippier territory. The latter is one of the album's best tracks and certainly the most adventurous; an eerie, skittering trip-hop groove that could be Portishead or Radiohead. It's pleasing to hear Paul getting in touch with his Fireman side again; not only because it shows he's willing to push the boundaries a little, but because it's frankly more interesting for the general public than the straight-up pop they might expect to hear on a new McCartney record. In fact, the only genuine foray into straight-up pop other than "New" is "I Can Bet", a slice of bouncy, Wings-flavoured disco-rock, and even that ends in an ominous stew of tape loops and feedback.

Shockingly, however, this primacy of atmosphere seems to be compromising his usually impeccable melody writing skills a little too often for my liking. I think most Beatles and McCartney fans are reassured by the idea that with Paul you can always expect a solid, inventive tune. When Mark Ronson bigged up "Hosanna" in interviews about the album, the first thing I thought was "I bet it has an achingly beautiful melody." Maybe that was presumptuous of me, but on my first listen I couldn't help but feel just a little disappointed in that respect. The same goes for "Early Days." They're both good songs that use Paul's more aged voice to great advantage, but they're not nearly as melodically arresting as I would have hoped. The hidden track "Scared", again much hyped as a heartbreaking piano ballad, seems rather Paul-by-numbers, an inferior rewrite of "This Never Happened Before" from Chaos.

Overall though, I'm pretty pleased; "New" as a first single disappointed me hugely and had me worried about what was to come, but I'm glad Paul has made a diverse, experimental and forward-looking record without trying to draw too much on his Beatle past. Working with Youth has clearly taught him a few things.

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15 October 2013
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Duke_of_Kirkcaldy
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parlance said
You can hear a sample of the Japanese-only CD track by going
here and choosing Struggle (track no. 15). You'll have to change your country to Japan. Make sure to change back to your home country afterward - the link will be at the bottom of the iTunes store, but now in Japanese.

I love this sample and I hope to get an mp3 of the full version somehow.

Someone's now uploaded it to YouTube.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

Go to listentoyoutube.com and follow the directions in order to convert it to an mp3 file.

 

So, "Secret Life of a Party Girl" is not available on any edition, right?  Are there any plans at all to release it in the near future?

15 October 2013
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My copy's arrived. Just sent this to Paul's Twitter account:


Please don't spoil my day; I'm miles away

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15 October 2013
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Duke_of_Kirkaldy said

parlance said
You can hear a sample of the Japanese-only CD track by going
here and choosing Struggle (track no. 15). You'll have to change your country to Japan. Make sure to change back to your home country afterward - the link will be at the bottom of the iTunes store, but now in Japanese.

I love this sample and I hope to get an mp3 of the full version somehow.

Someone's now uploaded it to YouTube.  a-hard-days-night-paul-4

[snip]

Go to listentoyoutube.com and follow the directions in order to convert it to an mp3 file.

Yes, thanks, did that last night. I'm sad it's not on the standard album, it's a beautiful song.

So, "Secret Life of a Party Girl" is not available on any edition, right?  Are there any plans at all to release it in the near future?

 

Someone noticed that Paul registered it with ASCAP, so maybe it'll turn up at some point.

parlance

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15 October 2013
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parlance said

Joe said
My copy's arrived. Just sent this to Paul's Twitter account:


Do you have Instagram? You should post this there too. Weren't they still looking for their 500th regram? If that's not a winner, I don't know what is.

parlance

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15 October 2013
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I don't have an Instagram account, no. Could someone explain this to me?

Weren't they still looking for their 500th regram?

I've added performer info to my article on New (and the song pages). When I get a bit of time I'll add more info to the song articles. As mentioned before, if you see any official track-by-track guides by Paul/MPL please post links here and I'll add the details to the articles.

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15 October 2013
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Joe said
I don't have an Instagram account, no. Could someone explain this to me?

Weren't they still looking for their 500th regram?

It's like twitter, but it's only for posting photos and videos. I didn't even bother to join until Paul got an account. He has ones under @Paul McCartney and @new and they've been re-gramming (like retweeting) photos that either recreate the New logo or are just the word "new" wherever anyone can find it.

So they've regrammed 499 photos, and they were looking for that special 500th. If your phone's capable, I'd suggest downloading the Instagram app, following Paul and reposting that photo with that hashtag. You can access instagram.com through your desktop, but you have to sign up through the mobile app.

parlance

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15 October 2013
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Joe said
OK! Thanks for that. I'll try to do it soon, though I really should be baby-minding/making cups of tea.

Tea can wait and you can juggle a phone and baby at the same time, right? a-hard-days-night-george-10   Good luck! Here's the post at Paul's FB about it. Edit: Make sure you use #whatsnewpaul

parlance

Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at Vimeo or YouTube.

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