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Re: NEW reviews

Postby blmeanie » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:39 pm

Has Paul Simon ever recorded with wife Edie?
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby mr h atom » Sun Oct 13, 2013 10:34 pm

edie falco ?

edie gorme ??

edie and the cruisers ???

edie vedder ?!?!!

jus' kiddin', BM

...actually...good question...edie brickell is quite a nice singer

so i Wiki'd it and that didn't mention anything...maybe one of our resident simon fans knows...
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Re: NEW reviews

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Re: NEW reviews

Postby mhnso » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:47 am

New got a very syrong rewiew in Rolling Stone 4/5. The writer was very positive but the review was a bit short. Here is an extract from it
"New feels energized and full of joyous rock 'n' roll invention. More than a sentimental journey, it's an album that wants to be part of the 21st century pop dialogue."

Without a doubt this album is a critical success not only by Macca standards but very few albums actually get so much praise as this one. I can only agree.
A- rewiew Entertaimnet weekly-short but sweet
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20743633,00.html

From Ireland short and sweet
http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music ... -1.1554022

Nice track by track rewiew
http://joshgill.wordpress.com/2013/10/1 ... rtney-new/
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby Mattal1958 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:37 am

So far, THE GUARDIAN review is the worst one. And even that one wasn't really a thumbs down. It was more positive than negative (I believe the guy gave it a 3 out of 5 star rating?).
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby mhnso » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:09 am

La times calls it the best album so far 2013 and really gives a glowing review. This reiew is a great read

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/mu ... 0175.story

Review: Paul McCartney sounds revitalized in 'New'
71-year-old Paul McCartney comes off effortlessly contemporary as well as hummably Beatle-esque when it suits him in this well-crafted new albumNew" by Paul McCartney. (Hear Music / October 10, 2013)


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By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
October 14, 2013, 5:00 a.m.
Great, just what the world needs: more enthusiasm for something Beatles-related.
It's a little tiresome, after all, this relentless fawning. Seems like every fiscal quarter something else pops up: an anniversary, reissue, Cirque du Soleil production, documentary, or surprising new solo album.

Can't we give it a rest and focus on, say, the Kinks, James Brown or Pulp for a while?

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Not while a Beatle's still making records as consistent and well-crafted as "New." With peaks as high as any music he's done this century and nary a valley as low as "Silly Love Songs," "Let 'Em In," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" or his oft-treacly last record of standards, "Kisses on the Bottom," Paul McCartney's latest studio album is pretty damned good — damn it.

Thirteen songs (a dozen plus a hidden track) that move from hard rock to gentle balladry to new wave-inflected pop-rock, McCartney at age 71 balances past and present, memory and the future, distortion and clarity, notions of new and old, on "New."

Tinged with nostalgia, the songwriter has made a record that sounds contemporary but not desperately so, one that suggests his work with the Beatles but not reductively so. That's in large part because of his choice of producers: Paul Epworth (Adele), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse), Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne) and Giles Martin (Beatles "Love" remix) bring four sets of young ears and highlight McCartney's many moods.

At one extreme are the rockers, which roll with classic momentum worthy of "Jet" or "Back in the U.S.S.R." and suggest McCartney perhaps held a seance or two to connect with his riskier past. In an earlier, less fragmented landscape, the title track would be as big a hit as anything in Macca's voluminous arsenal. A joyful ode to crushes and the ways in which they rewire life, it features not only a singalong chorus but also, as a coda, a nod to the Beach Boys and classic doo-wop.
"Alligator" delivers background harpsichord and a guitar line worthy of "Day Tripper," with the singer expressing a desire for "someone who can save me when I come home from the zoo/ I need somebody who's a sweet communicator I can give my alligator to."
A sneaky synthetic rhythm drives "Road," a song rich with mesmerizing landscapes of twinkles, strums, bass and harmony. "Queenie Eye" rolls with piano-bouncy momentum suggesting "Lady Madonna," with elaborate arrangements. Produced by Epworth, the song offers structural adventure worthy of "Band on the Run," weird in that uniquely McCartneyian way.
At the other end of the spectrum are the softer ballads on "New." "Early Days," produced by Johns, to me suggests another Beatle's work, at least musically: George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass." With a delicate minor-key strum, McCartney sings of flipping through records, "hair slicked back with Vaseline like the pictures on the wall of the local record shop," discovering rock 'n' roll with John Lennon by "hearing noises we were destined to remember."

RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts

McCartney's weakness has long been a certain cloyingness, a sense that he's telegraphing positivity. He's an optimist, which can be annoying for us cynics not either melodic geniuses or worth hundreds of millions of dollars. His sing-song phrasing too can get a bit tiresome; "On My Way to Work" is set in his youth while riding a "big green bus" and looking at a nudie mag and features some pretty rocky wording but offers instantly hummable melodic beauty.
Cynicism, though, is no match for an inspired McCartney. "Looking at Her," a midtempo ballad about the power and perils of beauty, lands in that sweet spot between the personal and universal that typifies the composer's best songs.

And given his body of work, that's says a lot
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby mhnso » Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:24 pm

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Re: NEW reviews

Postby Awesoman » Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:58 pm

Glad to see the album is getting mostly good reviews. One pet peeve with reviews in general is when the reviewer sites McCartney's latest effort as "the best album he's done in years"...haven't they pretty much said that about almost all the albums he's done in the last 15 years?!
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby Tiger » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:31 pm

Some kind soul has posted the full album on youTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8fvjktqVpk

Listening now...
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Re: NEW reviews

Postby lobbybobby » Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:38 pm

I don't understand why every song has to remind us of another previous song or sound. This song sound Beatlely, or this song sounds Wingy. This could have been off of FITD or PTP, etc.

Here's a clue for you all: The Beatles and Wings had a guy name Paul :-D

I like to listen to all his new stuff with an ear to the now, not the past.

What I am hearing with this amazing album is Paul McCartney circa 2013

p.s.

The bonus track "Turned Out" sound like it could have been on Cloud 9 :shock:
He really channelled George on this one.
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