McCartney III

Paul McCartney - McCartney III
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Based on 30 reviews
2020 Ratings: #217 / 818
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Based on 330 ratings
2020 Ratings: #570
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Spill Magazine
He has created an album that, given the chance, will force listeners to take a moment and appreciate the fact that one is listening to the music of a genius.

When he allows himself to forget who he is and just remember what it is that he does, he can still come up with songs to surprise you. More impressively, maybe even surprise himself.


It is with McCartney III that one of the world's most celebrated songwriters has completed his trifecta of ultimate solo albums, proving yet again his legacy as a musical virtuoso.

Rolling Stone

McCartney III works best when he leans all the way into the solo acoustic concept.


Just like McCartneys I and II, III is a confounding cocktail of genius and misfires.

The Guardian
Returning to the critic-confounding solo home recordings of his McCartney series, this album is – some oddities and filler aside – affectingly personal and hugely enjoyable
The Telegraph

The third album in the ex-Beatle’s solo series is a fantastical, if occasionally cheesy, set of light-hearted pop ideas.


Despite these signs of age, McCartney III isn't an album about mortality, it's about finding sustenance in rough times.

The Arts Desk
Ideas are left to play out, as if recording music’s tumble through McCartney’s mind, its elements caught and refined on the fly. Instinct and emotion are near the surface.
It’s almost rude, approaching eighty, that McCartney has the ability to craft an addition to his back catalogue that’s not only worthy of some of the highest points that have come before it, but one that actively enhances the story.
Like the rest of us (OK – not quite like the rest of us), Macca's been whiling away the hours. The result? A stellar return to his three-decade-spanning series

With McCartney III, all the icon's beloved songwriting quirks are out in full force. A more than worthy third prong of the trilogy.

The Independent

Weird, wonderful and whimsical, McCartney III finds the walrus on inspirational form.

Classic Rock

While its two predecessors reflected dramatic shifts in his musical life – coming at the end of the career of The Beatles and Wings respectively – III is the sound of a less restless McCartney simply doing what he does best.


An exuberant and heartening spin of the songwriting wheel, a carefree and not overthought documentation of how creativity can be harnessed and fledgling ideas brought to realisation.


McCartney III is another stark reminder that we are blessed to have Paul McCartney, now 78. His trademark warmth and charisma have the artistic drive and hutzpah to be as prolific as ever.

Consequence of Sound

McCartney III will likely go down as one more intriguing artifact from this deeply strange year: an above-average quarantine album from one of the highest-profile artists yet to share their lockdown material.

A.V. Club

If it is indeed a swan song, McCartney III will stand as a proper coda for the singer-songwriter we’ve been listening to for fifty-odd years: sentimental yet strong, a bit wistful, but as always, looking ahead.

Entertainment Weekly
The third effort in Paul McCartney's self-titled DIY trilogy is a straightforward, occasionally indulgent rock album about love, life, and future days.
Under The Radar

It’s catchy, well-crafted, and creative, all while remaining honest. It may not be the groundbreaking production that McCartney has, at times, produced with valiance and majesty, but it just works.

Spectrum Culture

McCartney sounds energetic, teasing through a variety of styles as a general reminder of his continuing songwriting strength.

Beats Per Minute

As a whole, McCartney III is lean, lightweight and unpretentious. Where so many of his collaborators of the past forced a sound aesthetic on him, here he is free to allow the studio ambience and guitar tones to carry youthful quirks.


The third installment in McCartney’s home-recorded series is less adventurous and revelatory than its eponymous predecessors, but still contains moments of genuine wonder and weirdness.

FLOOD Magazine

That the songs on McCartney III resist ponderousness or sociopolitical intention is a feature, not a bug; Paul’s answer to a grim 2020 is to lose himself—and, with any luck, his listeners—in a spirit of whimsy.

The Observer

Entirely self-produced at home during ‘rockdown’, the former Beatle’s latest offering possesses the same playful spirit as his 1970 solo debut.

American Songwriter

Though it’s by no means essential, McCartney 3 will likely still win over legions of compulsive Macca collectors.

At the age of 78, the legendary Paul McCartney did not hide his ambition on his 3rd eponymous album, on the contrary it allowed him to create a captivating and particularly seductive work. McCartney III features a tempting and clear-sighted instrumentation backed up by striking writing that shows just how great a writer/composer Paul still is.

As a sign of destiny Paul McCartney is an album worked in isolation and solitude during a year 2020 that will be definitely marked by that, 50 years ... read more
Paul McCartney is certainly one of the most successful, influential and long-lasting musicians of all time and he has simply shaped up music to be as it is nowadays, however, after a career that has endured well over half a century, it must be nearly impossible for him to compose a song that is thoroughly original, as it would be tough to come up with new subjects to cover or new instrumental patterns to introduce. As a result, we get "McCartney III", part of an eponymous series that ... read more
Don't mess with this mans bike.

You can tell Paul McCartney is a legend and veteran just from how this sounds, like, he combines a lot of interesting styles with strong rock ballads and pop tunes, even bringing back some blues influence for a few songs, and yea, it's charming as fuck. The story of making it is cool as well, this being accidentally created when he was just making a soundtrack. Man, i promised i'll check out more rock this year and so far, i guess it pays off. This ain't ... read more
Paul McFartPee
Some random bar in Chicago or something, fuck you, 2002.

"Let's all applaud our next guest, the world famous shit posting, maniacal, involuntary celibate, Craig Waterfield!" the autistic, bi-racial cousin of Jim Carrey exclaims

Hello, ladies and gentlemen. Today I will be having a group orgy with all of you... But before I do that, I've written a few jokes in commemoration of the passing of our dear friend, Gerald Shi T'Faccé.

"Get on with the show, you knob headed ... read more
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Track List

  1. Long Tailed Winter Bird
  2. Find My Way
  3. Pretty Boys
  4. Woman and Wives
  5. Lavatory Lil
  6. Deep Deep Feeling
  7. Slidin'
  8. The Kiss of Venus
  9. Seize the Day
  10. Deep Down
  11. Winter Bird / When Winter Comes

Year End Lists

#17/Good Morning America
#40/Rolling Stone
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Added on: October 21, 2020