Today, Sir Paul McCartney released his first new album in 5 years. It's called Egypt Station. Paul on the album's title:
In a press release, McCartney said, “I liked the words ‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make.” He continued, “Egypt Station starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location that the music emanates from.”
I've had a few full listens through the album already today and I have to say, so far I am in favor of this album. It makes me really happy to be an active fan of Paul while he released a new album. I know he has released a bunch throughout my 26 years, but I wasn't necessarily hyped up to hear them or anything like that. This, to me, is much different. And I really quite enjoy it.
The opening to the album is very cinematic and just a great vibe on this journey at Egypt Station. The introductory instrumental is called Opening Station. Rightfully so.
The next track is one that was released as a single before the album dropped. I Don't Know is a slower track that might remind one of other McCartney ballads. I personally love this track and hope to see him perform it soon.
Next up is another single, Come On To Me, an up-beat flirty song. I obviously biased, but I love this one as well.
Happy With You is next and it's just a sweet song. It takes Paul back to his old days of smoking pot and drinking booze but then he says he doesn't need to do that anymore because he's happy with you. It's sort of a Mother Nature's Son vibe.
Who Cares is another standout track in my opinion. It, in a sense, is Paul's version of Logic's 1-800-273-8255. He sings, "Who cares about the pain in your heart? Who cares about you? I do."
Fuh You is next. It's the "raunchy" Paul that has been as controversial as he's probably ever been. It's a good tune. And a great sing a long one, too.
Next up is Confidante, a reflective song about friendship, is a slower medley.
People Want Peace is just what it says. An anthem for peace. Paul's version of Give Peace A Chance, which he has recently been playing at shows which always gave me chills. At a time where no one truly feels safe anywhere anymore, it's really refreshing and comforting to hear a song like this.
Hand In Hand is next and it's a cute love song. His singing style reminds me of some of the tracks off Kisses On The Bottom. It's a very mellow one.
Dominoes is another track that I really enjoy the message of. It's about getting in fights and reconciliation. It's the more mature version of We Can Work It Out.
Back In Brazil is a rocker for sure. I think he will definitely do this one at his upcoming Freshen Up tour. It has a different sound that most of the other tracks. There is a nice bass line and some other higher notes that contrast really perfectly. Don't sleep on this track if you're a McCartney fan.
Do It Now is a cute song and it reminds me of a story I've heard Paul say at most concerts about his song, dedicated to John, Here Today. He wrote Here Today after John already had been shot and killed, and it's basically an imagined conversation that he wishes could've happened. But he was too late. I think Do It Now directly references that concept, quite literally.
Caesar Rock is next and, "Paul commented that this song came about from he and his engineer just playing around in the studio. It started as She’s a Rock, ending up Caeser Rock.
He calls it a slightly oddball and fun track."
Despite Repeated Warnings could be a commentary on the current state of almost anything today. Things need to change, and if they don't, we will suffer the consequences.
Station II is an instrumental track, that begins very softly and calm, then shifts into a power chord that takes us into the next and final song, Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link. Honestly the chord progression reminds me, at first, of Green Day. Then more instrumentation is added and I lose that connection immediately. It has some nice horns going on throughout the track which are nice and bright.
Overall I love this album and am so excited that it's finally out. It's refreshing to hear Paul experimenting with different sounds and I am beyond eager to hear some of these new tracks at his upcoming shows during the Freshen Up tour. I think the production quality is top-notch and there is so much detail in each song I couldn't ever cover all of it. With each listen I hear more and more little detail that makes me smile.
Thank you, Paul! I love Egypt Station.