September 04, 2013

McCartney Back with Something 'New' (Song Review)

Sure it sounds like something he hashed out in about twenty minutes while the veggie burgers simmered on the grill outside, but what Paul McCartney is capable of writing in twenty minutes is often better than what most other artists slave to create in weeks or months. “New” is a bubbly little pop tune in the vein of eighties singles like “Press” and “Take It Away,” made all the more endearing by the now seventy-one-year-old Beatle’s still-boyish charm and enthusiasm. What the song has going for it more than anything else, though, is an instantly memorable, hum-along melody—News Flash to No One: McCartney writes memorable melodies—which even after multiple listens ensures that it’ll take a while before “New” ever gets old.