Paul McCartney - New
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Based on 22 reviews
2013 Ratings: #239 / 955
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Based on 72 ratings
2013 Ratings: #295
October 15, 2013 / Release Date
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90
AllMusic

That unwillingness to accept his role in history books also gives New its nerve, letting McCartney create music that is thoroughly within his lineage but cleverly modern, eschewing nostalgia for a vibrant present.

85
Paste

Now 71, Paul has delivered his tightest album in years, confirming that the streak of goodness that began with Chaos and Creation in the Backyard wasn’t a fluke. 

80
Consequence of Sound

Over 13 tracks, McCartney proves he’s a better Paul than 2007′s Memory Almost Full, a more romantic Paul than 2005′s Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, a more inventive Paul than 2001′s Driving Rain, and a more nostalgic Paul than 1997′s Flaming Pie

78
Pitchfork

He’s far less sentimental than he used to be, far less prone to letting his whimsical side carry a song off to cloud cuckoo land, and a much, much better self-editor than he was during the peak of his career.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Sure, the lyrics are sometimes a little silly, and the musical hooks are sometimes a trifle too easy. But even at its worst, this is fun stuff.

70
NME

Happily, ‘New’ avoids becoming another thumbs-akimbo entry into the Groovy Uncle Paul canon; instead, it’s his most enjoyable record in years.

70
PopMatters

New feels like a progressive ‘80s album with the distorted synthesizers and “New Wave” sounds, eschewing the neon bubblegum of the day (in spite of the imagery on the album cover) and all in support of the voice that is unmistakably McCartney’s after all this time.

67
A.V. Club

Even now, 50 years after The Beatles broke, New serves to remind the world that not only is McCartney still a smart songwriter with a sense of purpose and a way with words, but also that he’s got a history that’s beyond compare.

60
Drowned in Sound

New stands happily with the last few Macca solo records - the old master still has the moves, and the fact that he’s so creatively energetic as he enters his eighth decade is rather cheery. Still, it’s hard to shake the impression we’ll all - Sir Paul included - have forgotten this one in a few years time.

MinatoArisato
60
A decent showing from such a legendary artist in his late career. New doesn't feel necessary but isn't near some of Paul's worst material.

Best Track: New
Worst Track: I Can Bet
90
Paul at his best. The most part of the album is very brilliant. Only a pair or three tracks are under of the standard
CheapandLethal
10
Appalling
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Track List

  1. Save Us 
  2. Alligator
  3. On My Way To Work
  4. Queenie Eye
  5. Early Days
  6. New
  7. Appreciate
  8. Everybody Out There
  9. Hosanna
  10. I Can Bet
  11. Looking At Her
  12. Road
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Added on: August 29, 2013