This is McCartney’s first album as part of his deal with Starbucks – Macca-goes-mocha as it were.
This is McCartney’s first album as part of his deal with Starbucks – Macca-goes-mocha as it were. His last record was hyped in the UK as a major return to form. But, while it showed more life than its predecessors, we didn’t totally fall for it round here. The goods news is that Memory Almost Full, his 21st solo album, is much better. In many respects it’s a nostalgic look back at times past, including his upbringing in Liverpool.
‘Ever Present Past’ is a jolly uptempo romp, while ‘Vintage Clothes’ features exhilarating harmonies. On the anguished ballad ‘Gratitude’ the lines “I should stop loving you, think what you put me through, but I don’t want to lock my heart away” may relate to his recent divorce, but you’ll find little else to satisfy such speculative prurience. Brian Wilson-style vocal overdubs enhance the excellent ‘Feet In The Clouds’ and ‘See You Sunshine’. There’s a rockabilly flavour to ‘That Was Me’. Elsewhere, ‘You Tell Me’ is another aching ballad, and ‘Only Mama Knows’ moves from orchestral opening to guitar-driven rocker.
Missing, thankfully, are the twee Paulie-isms that often insult our intelligence, making Memory Almost Full that rare thing, a modern-day Paul McCartney you can listen to without wincing.
Ed Murphy reviews the biography of Beatles' legend, Paul McCartney, written by Philip Norman.Read More
The bassist also confessed that he "took to the bevvies" after the break up.Read More
McCartney defended the rappers repeated use of the n-word and called him "a crazy guy".Read More
Who said dreams don't come true?Read More
The sixties icons have tweeted their love and admiration for the 'Purple Rain' singerRead More
Paul McCartney performs 'A Hard Day's Night' for the first time in over 50 yearsRead More
Legendary member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, is going to be in the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series; this time, he will be more than just a music credit.Read More
Macca has updated his classic '80s duet with Michael JacksonRead More
The Beatles legend's ex-wife says Rihanna and Kanye collaborations are his attempt to stay relevant.Read More
The star-studded tribute to Sir Paul is now streaming online.Read More
ALBUM NUMBER TWENTY-FOUR FROM FORMER BEATLERead More
He features on Bloody Beetroots' new track.Read More
Iconic rocker gets his jazz groove on.Read More
So, that's Paul McCartney in 2010 - you could say he's got one or two good tunes.Read More
Paul McCartney Will Reply.Read More
He'll be doing his legendary thing in June.Read More
Great songs played well, but...Read More
Macca is doing his legendary thing in December.Read More
A homework essay written by Beatle Paul McCartney when he was 10 has just been found, having been lying in Liverpool's Central Library for more than five decades.Read More
Just when we thought it was safe to consign most of Paul McCartney’s solo canon to the dustbin of history after decades of underwhelming us with safe, bland tat, along comes his best post-Fabs album since Band On The Run.Read More
Sir Paul McCartney is set to open and close the Live 8 concert at London's Hyde Park, on July 2.Read More
Very few performers can hold a massive crowd rapt with lengthy anecdotes about hotel masseurs or self-deprecating tales of teenage pretentiousness but, at times, he almost makes you forget that this is supposed to be a concert.Read More
He wasn’t going to sing and then he sang. He wasn’t going to talk to the press and then he talked. And, finally, when he was good and ready, Paul McCartney wowed an audience with his greatest hits. Stuart Clark sees Macca in Manchester warming up for DublinRead More
Wallets at the ready, folks: extra tickets for Paul McCartney's sold out RDS gig will be available from Thursday April 10Read More
The ex-Beatle reveals details of his first Irish gig for forty yearsRead More
Paul McCartney talks of life after linda, September 11th and the memories of his firefighter father, being 'lucky enough' to write with John Lennon and his new solo album, Driving RainRead More
This is a record that revisits the glorious rawness of McCartney’s earlier days rather than his later studio excesses.Read More
If, like me, you never quite forgave the Beatles for calling it a day and never allowed yourself to get to know them properly ever afterward, this is what we were missingRead More
In which a rich, elderly, celebrity widower tries to rekindle the fires of his youth. And succeeds magnificently.Read More