Paul McCartney, the first review of “McCartney III” by Rolling Stone
‘McCartney III’, which was written, produced and composed by the Beatles legend, will now arrive on December 18, a week later than originally planned. A post on his social media account said:
“Unforeseeable production delays have forced the release date of Paul’s all-new all-Paul album ‘McCartney III’ to be moved back one week to December 18, 2020. Thank you to everyone for your patience, support and excitement for the album. We can’t wait for you to hear it! – MPL”
The record will land 50 years on from his debut solo LP, ‘McCartney’, and 40 years following ‘McCartney II’. His last studio album, meanwhile, was 2018’s ‘Egypt Station’.
Cover image courtesy of the Facebook group for the “When They Was Fab” podcast.
A follow-up to his 1970 self-titled solo debut and 1980’s McCartney II, the new album features the musician playing all the instruments; he wrote and recorded every song. (Rolling Stone)
Well in advance of the release of the album, scheduled for December 11, the print edition of “Rolling Stone” USA publishes the first review of Paul McCartney’s next album, “McCartney III”, signed by Rob Sheffield, which assigns at work a rating of four stars out of five.
“Paul gets back to the country” – writes in summary: “McCartney returns to the pastoral sound of his early solo works with a relaxed gem” which indicates, for greater precision, a calm and uncompetitive attitude; as if McCartney hadn’t taken much into consideration the possible commercial success of the record that follows the unexpected number 1 of the previous “Egypt Station”, the former Beatles’ first since 1982.
McCartney III was recorded earlier this year in Sussex, England, cut from live takes of the musician on vocals, guitar, and piano. He subsequently overdubbed bass and drums. The process began when he returned to “When Winter Comes,” an unreleased track from the Nineties co-produced by George Martin. He created a new section for the song, giving birth to the opener “Long Tailed Winter Bird.”
According to Sheffield, Paul on the record appears happy to show himself for what he is: not a legend, a genius, a Beatle, simply a family man who, although in quarantine (McCartney called it “rockdown”, playing with the word ” lockdown “) tries to let your creativity flow anyway. “Basically it’s a cross between ‘Ram’ and ‘Folklore'”,
Sheffield reiterates the view by writing that “McCartney III” has its best moments in acoustic solo songs, such as “Long tailed winter bird” – while also citing the yacht-rock of “Women and wives” and “Lavatory Lil”, which “refers to ‘Abbey Road'” – while he states that the least successful titles are those where McCartney uses the synthesizer and throws it to rock. He has words of praise for the pastoral “The kiss of Venus” (“a ‘Mother’s Nature’s Son’ updated to the times”) and the rough “Winter bird” / “When winter comes”, which “sounds like a list of chores to do. in the country side”.
“I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day,” McCartney said in a statement. “I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track. And then when it was done, I thought, ‘What will I do next?’ I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years, but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished. So I started thinking about what I had.”
Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”
When users play songs from ‘McCartney’ and ‘McCartney II’ on the Spotify mobile app, they are greeted with an animation of a dice thrown onto the images of the album covers, with three dots facing upwards.
Macca has now posted a picture of what appears to be three white mushrooms in the grass on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, along with three dice emojis.
According to reports, McCartney recorded the album in lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this year, he said: “I’ve been able to write and get into music, starting songs, finishing songs. I’ve had a few little things to write and it’s given me the time to finish some songs that I hadn’t found the time to get around to.”