McCartney III Imagined

Paul McCartney - McCartney III Imagined
Critic Score
Based on 15 reviews
User Score
Based on 102 ratings
2021 Ratings: #272
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April 16, 2021 / Release Date
Remix / Format
Capitol / Label
Pop Rock, Art Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Spill Magazine
McCartney took a great risk with this album. It could have been a disaster, or worse, boring. But, much like his Fireman projects, it is another crowning achievement in his ongoing career.
80
NME

‘McCartney III: Imagined’ is another fine entry into the self-titled collection. The sheer star-power and respect from contemporaries and newbies is another flex that proves the endeavour, which started over 51 years ago, was a worthy one.

80
Clash

Not an essential listen, perhaps, but one that will fascinate and intrigue fans.

80
Exclaim!

Few will enjoy every track on this album, but it's the versatility and diversity throughout these tracks that truly make McCartney III Imagined the record that it is.

80
The Independent

It’s always nice when artists sound genuinely excited to participate in a collective project, and that comes through in spades on the delightful, crisply produced, and well-arranged McCartney III Imagined.

80
Paste

Most of these artists strike a rare rework/remix balance, preserving what made the original tick while infusing enough of their own identity to justify the new take.

80
The Observer

McCartney III Imagined is a classy set of remixes from assorted studio alchemists that allows Macca to experiment further by proxy.

80
Spectrum Culture
Through his choice of collaborators he reminds us that music still matters regardless of the form.
70
FLOOD Magazine
This album in and of itself is about bringing you back to center, and reminding you that music can simply be nothing but fun.
70
Uncut
The likes of Khruangbin, St Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers and Josh Homme spice up Macca’s songs in their idiosyncratic fashion, while a few improve the originals.
70
musicOMH
The results, as well as confirming that McCartney has exquisite taste in his choice of collaborators, have produced an album arguably better than the original.
66
Pitchfork

The most successful remixers here work in service to the song rather than themselves ... Alas, even seasoned pros like Damon Albarn and Massive Attack’s 3D RDN can’t totally salvage McCartney III’s more half-baked ideas.

60
Loud and Quiet

A curio rather than a necessity for McCartney fans, it nonetheless celebrates his continued influence and willingness to remain open to fresh sounds.

60
Rolling Stone
The best is from Phoebe Bridgers, giving the bright, synth “Seize the Day” a sad-girl makeover.
40
The Irish Times

It smacks of an exercise in passing the time rather than any significant progressive enhancements. A poor song is a poor song, no matter how much you meddle with it.

BGL13
61
a star studded lineup of features doesn’t make up for mediocre songwriting

ok except for the temporary secretary sample that was amazing
CadeGilbert
63
fuck the song with phoebe is so good
Donlord
61
“What's ya take oOoOn it??”

Paul McCartney, astoundingly still an active musician, enlists a number of contemporary artists to reinterpret and offer their own ‘take’ on numerous cuts from McCartney’s late-2020 project, ‘McCartney III’. But the results only beg the question: did MORE really end up achieving LESS? (yep…😞)

This LP had the potential of being another ‘Song Machine’-type affair; a joyous collaborations project with ... read more
60
Despite having a couple really good tracks (Dominic Fike and Phoebe Bridgers), the rest of this album fails to improve the original album that much.
The project actually gets off to a strong start with Find My Way and The Kiss Of Venus. Pretty Boys is a mediocre track and while Women And Wives isn't a bad track by any means, I expected more from a St. Vincent remix and this is also the same case for Deep Down. Then comes the best song on the album in Seize the Day with Phoebe's incredible ... read more
henrycoke
50
Paul McCartney's post peak songwriting cannot be saved by better singers
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Track List

  1. Find My Way (feat. Beck)
  2. The Kiss of Venus (Dominic Fike Version)
  3. Pretty Boys (feat. Khruangbin)
  4. Women And Wives (St. Vincent Remix)
  5. Deep Down (Blood Orange Remix)
  6. Seize the Day (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)
  7. Slidin' (EOB Remix)
  8. Long Tailed Winter Bird (Damon Albarn Remix)
  9. Lavatory Lil (feat. Josh Homme)
  10. When Winter Comes (Anderson .Paak Remix)
  11. Deep Deep Feeling (3D RDN Remix)
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Added on: March 11, 2021