Awesoman wrote:I'm not sure what to think of New. I don't really dislike it, but I can't say I've really embraced it either. I'd say I like about half the songs on there. The one tune that really stuck out for me is "I Can Bet" with it's pretty catchy hook. "Save Us" seems like a tuneless throwaway rocker that doesn't really grab me. "Everybody Out There" fares a little better, although it isn't quite memorable itself. "Queenie Eye" is pretty decent even if the lyrics are a little too goofy. "Turned Out" is also pretty enjoyable...why was this one a bonus track? "Road" is an interesting track and "Get Me Out of Here" is utterly ridiculous. Paul's in pretty good form vocally although when you compare it to his previous albums like Memory Almost Full or even Electronic Arguments, he doesn't seem to be taking a lot of risks with his voice.
Overall this is a decent album, and I agree with the consensus here that a lot of these songs tend to grow on you.
Mattal1958 wrote:ComeOnBrotha, you nail it with "Queenie Eye." Next to "Early Days," these are my favorite lyrics on the album. It's probably no accident that Paul writes better when he's dealing with personal issues he'd like to set straight. I think the lyrics to "Queenie Eye" compare favorably to some of the best lyrics of his solo career.
Mattal1958 wrote:Couldn't have said it better re: "Early Days," ComeOnBrotha.
You're right. When has he EVER bitched in song about this kind of thing? Plenty of interviews, yes...although not so much in recent years. The only thing I find odd (not bitter) is that he put this song out now, instead of 15-20 years ago, when the revisionist history was in full throttle.
JimQ wrote:Right..... I've had a lot of travelling to do so I listened very critically to all my favourite macca albums..... and....... NEW is my favourite (which I think technically might make it one of my favourite albums ever). Don't attack me - I've done my best to shake these thoughts off, but listened to all together I saw that the only reason I thought others were better was because they were old and venerated. New has everything I love about Macca in one place. The only song I'm not crazy about is New - and the rest of the planet likes that so I accept I'm wrong (Why can't I look at him?!). I even found my uninitiated girlfriend humming Queenie Eye at me BEFORE I tormented her with the album! Lots of friends (who mocked my macca fanhood for years!) have come up and said "you're a McCartney fan right? Love that Queenie Eye off the radio"!
I Can Bet has a lot of what I liked about Wings and Tug of War. I always smile at the Moog solo - though a great song I think he's poking fun at himself musically too in this one. I get the chills from the Early Days "and your inspiration long may it last..." . His silly little wooo backing vocals all over the place, the wonderful playout bit at the end of Turned Out, the harmonies in Everybody out there, the chordal twists and turns of Hosanna....Mmmmm.... the experimental yet strong and confident appreciate and Road. The lack of cringe lyrics really helps - no balloons on the foot, no one's breath to smell a mile away.... The only album I feel guilty about not having in the top spot is CACITB as its such an emotive and beautifully crafted masterpiece. And I am not crazy - I was still a massive fan before either of these albums existed - I love RAM and BOR... hey, even PTP!
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