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Should McCartney stop?
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5 January 2013
Ron Nasty
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Carrying that weight is a hard thing to do. He's Paul McCartney of The Beatles, his voice is no more shot than Dylan's, while he wants to go out and do it, I'm happy to let him, and happy to have seen him doing a few times over the past 20 years. Next time around I'm buying a ticket. Were he to stop today, and leave us in thirty years (possible), we'd all be asking what he might have done.

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I thought it was worth reviving this thread after listening to "New" and reading some of the comments about it on Amazon.  One poster there got hammered for a lengthy and cogent review where they said they thought it was a good album but they couldn't enjoy it because of their sadness over the deterioration in Paul's voice.  I must say I could see their point of view - I think I would have enjoyed it a bit less if I hadn't come to it expecting the worst, luckily it was not quite that, though his voice does seem to have pretty much gone - or changed - whichever.

As noted in this thread, very few singers of that generation still have, and could reasonably be expected to still have, anything like their best voice.  Neil Young is one of the few who (almost) does, and even he can't hit "After the Gold Rush" these days.

However, I don't think they should stop recording or performing, as there are still a lot of fans interested in hearing what they have to say - we just need to be realistic in what we are expecting vocally - and different is not necessarily worse.  Those who don't like what they are hearing - easy - just stop buying (and I note above some have done just that).  I feel the latter stance is more reasonable than suggesting an artist stop performing just because you don't like the way they sound these days.

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