AOTY 2018

Egypt Station

Paul McCartney - Egypt Station
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2018 Ratings: #517 / 706
User Score
Based on 107 ratings
2018 Ratings: #729
September 7, 2018 / Release Date
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Capitol / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
American Songwriter

On Egypt Station, McCartney is not a guy matching his autumn years with an autumnal record. He bashes about on this album as if he wants back in the game.

80
Rolling Stone

His first LP in five years is structured like a ride on the cosmic train, complete with silly sex songs and a plea for peace. The result is classic Paul.

80
The Independent

Despite occasional misfires this one proves that, at 76, McCartney, socially and sonically, still has plenty to say.

80
The Telegraph

Egypt Station delights in defying the gravity of his own exalted station. It is the sound of an old rocker at full steam ahead, determined to keep on rolling for as long as he can.

80
NME

It’s an album of upbeat and winsome notes, and it’s simple and honest, as if one of the most famous people in the world has left his diary open for us to read.

80
The Observer

By turns playful, honest and questing, Paul McCartney hitches empathy to experimentation on his urgent new album.

80
musicOMH

Thankfully, McCartney appears to be grasping the nettle and squeezing the most out of life and his apparently never-ending songbook. A definite thumbs up.

70
Exclaim!

More than 50 years since Beatlemania, the Cute One keeps on pushing himself, and it's a pleasure to see his creative fire burning bright.

70
Northern Transmissions

Paul’s latest offering is full of excited energy to be sure and hopeful messages, but he rarely brings the edge or distinct moments to make all this music memorable.

70
Clash

‘Egypt Station’ feels like Paul McCartney having a blast being Macca, grasping his own identity, and relishing it – a fun, at times downright bold, return it’s something fans will cherish.

70
AllMusic

Apart from "Fuh You" ... Egypt Station is a handsome and clever collection where Paul hits many familiar marks but the difference is, he gets there in a different fashion than before.

70
Under The Radar

Egypt Station ... fits snugly into his extensive discography: an ample mix of soaring love songs, personal and familial reflections, and lighthearted nostalgia.

70
PopMatters

Paul McCartney's Egypt Station carries listeners on a conceptual journey through musical "stations" that admits experiences and teases experiments as only he could achieve and deliver.

70
Uncut

It’s sufficiently vibrant to justify its existence, and strong enough to ensure that McCartney can sprinkle three or four tracks into the set on his upcoming world tour without setting off any alarms.

67
Consequence of Sound

Though he may never produce an essential late-career record like contemporaries Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, or even Neil Young, Paul McCartney continues to make music that takes far more chances than it has to. That fact alone should earn Egypt Station at least one spin.

60
The Guardian

Macca tries to keep up with the kids by recording with super-songwriter Ryan Tedder, but the strongest moments are when he embraces his own innate talent for melody – and his angst.

60
DIY

‘Egypt Station’ is a mixed bag ... Still, it’s hard to leave ‘Egypt Station’ without a grin. All aboard! 

60
Drowned in Sound

Egypt Station is easily one of the most forward-thinking records of McCartney’s later career and a surprisingly welcome return.

58
Pitchfork

Once the initial shock of its melancholy moments—not to mention “Fuh You”—subsides, Egypt Station reveals itself to be another well-crafted collection of confections.

58
A.V. Club

This is very much a Paul McCartney solo album: the uneven product of compulsive songwriting that includes several delightful songs, several terrible ones, and a lot in between.

50
Spectrum Culture

It’s not quite as bad as some of the misbegotten experiments that have cluttered his discography over the years. However, it’s still a little sad to hear a songwriter with such a clear identity sacrifice that for a brief flirtation with modern rock radio.

50
Slant Magazine

With its contemporary production flourishes, weird genre experiments, and bouts of complete silliness, the album marks a clean break from the music McCartney has been making for the last 20 years or so.

Pamford45
30
This is why people think that Paul McCartney is dead
exception
53
An old man trying to establish some sort of connection with the younger audience he never really reached. What did you expect.
JoaoSantos
NR
this is the album version of: "How do you do, fellow kids?"
bitterblossom12
65
I don't really get the people saying he's 'trying to appeal to a younger audience'. He's written songs like this throughout his entire career. Also pretty sure Macca doesn't give a fuck what millennial think of him. This record just sounds like a guy who really really loves making music making music. It's not any kind of groundbreaking stuff but come on, Paul's not trying to appeal to some common denominator here. If there's anyone who can just make the kinds of songs he wants to make ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/Rolling Stone
#27/MOJO
#46/Billboard
/Radio X

Track List

  1. Opening Station
  2. I Don't Know
  3. Come On To Me
  4. Happy With You
  5. Who Cares
  6. Fuh You
  7. Confidante
  8. People Want Peace
  9. Hand In Hand
  10. Dominoes
  11. Back In Brazil
  12. Do It Now
  13. Caesar Rock
  14. Despite Repeated Warnings
  15. Station II
  16. Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link
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Added on: June 20, 2018