Sir Paul McCartney has got to be the coolest and busiest musical legend on the planet, with no signs of slowing down. In just the past year, he helped David Grohl with his Sound City film project, performed with the reunited surviving members of Nirvana, and has continued to tour relentlessly.
Now, it appears we’re gonna get some “new” music. (Oh, yes, the puns be a-flyin’.) This week, McCartney has released a single, “New,” off his upcoming album by the same name, which will be released October 15 here in the U.S. The New record (sorry), featuring top-line production work by the likes of Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera), Paul Epworth (Adele) and Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, The Vaccines), represents McCartney’s first batch of original solo material since 2007’s Memory Almost Full.
This single to me represents McCartney at his best—a genius songsmith with a penchant for sing-able melody—and the Beatle-esque vibe of this tune doesn’t hurt things much, either. Oh, and for a 71-year-old, he’s in remarkably full voice. If the rest of the album is anything like this single, it could be one of his best solo albums yet. Hats off to Sir Paul.