Artist: Paul McCartney
Genre: Rock n’ Roll
Paul McCartney is 71 years old and he is writing better music than most top 40 artists in their respective prime. “New,” the fresh single released by Sir Paul yesterday, is an intriguing piece of timeless music written to eliminate any age gap for listeners. “New” is the type of track that shows you why Paul McCartney is the greatest songwriter in the contemporary era of music.
Even when entering the fifth decade of his legacy, he is composing catchier hooks than any of the award-winners at last week’s VMAs. I am 23 years old and “New” is most likely the best song Paul has released in my lifetime. Not to take anything away from the experimental Electric Arguments (The Fireman), or the smooth listening of Kisses on the Bottom, “New” just has a spark to it. It’s the type of song that grabs you, it makes you want to hit repeat over and over. It has the addictive effect of a The Beatles release.
“New” mirrors a Rubber Soul area of McCartney writing, with a collection of layered melodies providing to be a more than sufficient backbone for the track. It is as though McCartney is channeling the energy and essence of an entire generation of rock and roll with “New.” When you are the most successful songwriter of the past 50 years, you don’t write because you have to, you write because you want to. This reflects in the new track –the song shows an ambition fans young and old can respect. It appears Paul is striving to make the world fall in love with him all over again. I know it’s working for me, I haven’t turned his discography off since spinning “New” for the first time. It appears Paul McCartney has now shot up to the top of albums to look out for in fall 2013.
Written by: Matthew Leimkuehler (@callinghomematt)