One of Australia’s leading music critics has given Paul McCartney a big thumbs up for Egypt Station, released last Friday.
Veteran music journalist Bernard Zuel writes:
“…this is what you get when a man who was brilliant in his 20s and 30s and stumbled into mediocrity a bit too often in his 40s and 50s, shows [that] the creative rejuvenation of his 60s continues at a fine pace….
It works. But then he’s Paul McCartney, we’re not, and that’s the deal…..”
You can read Bernard’s full, track-by-track review at bernardzuel.com
The respected UK newspaper The Times has also given the album high praise, with a four out of five star rating:
“…..here he is, aged 76, with his most emotionally satisfying work in decades….Egypt Station displays McCartney’s unique ability to write songs that are direct and sophisticated. Who else could construct the minor key piano melody of Hand In Hand from just a few notes nobody thought of arranging that way before, and then set it against words about sharing your life with someone, that are conversational yet poignant?
Likewise with Dominoes, which chugs along with the lighthearted rock’n’roll Wings did so well, but comes with a philosophical message about accepting the here and now. As with so much McCartney material, it is more profound than it seems.”