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  • Summary: The 17th full-length solo studio release for the rock and pop singer-songwriter was produced by Greg Kurstin (and one track produced by Ryan Tedder and Zach Skelton).
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  1. Sep 17, 2018
    80
    Thankfully, McCartney appears to be grasping the nettle and squeezing the most out of life and his apparently never-ending songbook. A definite thumbs up.
  2. Sep 5, 2018
    80
    Egypt Station flows as a unit, structured like a long ride on a cosmic train, beginning and ending with ambient railway-station noise.
  3. 80
    It is the sound of an old rocker at full steam ahead, determined to keep on rolling for as long as he can.
  4. Sep 6, 2018
    70
    Egypt Station is best when McCartney is at his most eclectic.
  5. Sep 13, 2018
    70
    Sure, the lyrical content on Egypt Station isn't necessarily a work of pure genius, but it's pure Paul and that means a great deal.
  6. Sep 11, 2018
    60
    Egypt Station is easily one of the most forward-thinking records of McCartney’s later career and a surprisingly welcome return. We might wish he could be more thoughtful and elegant in his older age, and maybe even a little bit cooler, but that wouldn’t make him Paul McCartney. Thankfully, he generally keeps his groan-worthy impulses to a minimum.
  7. Sep 11, 2018
    50
    While the loping acoustic guitar figure that drives “Happy With You” isn't nearly as compositionally compelling, it's one of the only other songs here in which it sounds like McCartney is actually singing about something real. ... There are a few other tonally comparable songs on the 16-track Egypt Station, but the rest are largely bogged down in some eye-rolling cliché of one kind or another.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Sep 11, 2018
    10
    So much better when listened to as a whole album!

    Well worth the 5 year wait from Paul! I was a bit nervous as I only liked the single "I
    So much better when listened to as a whole album!

    Well worth the 5 year wait from Paul! I was a bit nervous as I only liked the single "I Don't Know" and while "Come On To Me" and "Fuh You" are catchy and over time have grown on me, they are the weakest songs on the Album (IMHO).

    I won't go thru each song but the strongest tracks for me are: "Happy With You", "Dominoes", "Despite Repeated Warnings" and the three song closer "Hunt You Down/Naked/C-Link". You run the gamut from ballads, to mid tempo to rockers.
    The remaining songs are all very good too and with each listen I appreciate the album as a whole more and more.

    The only clunkers I would point out are: "Fuh You" and "People Want Peace" - these songs could have easily been left off the final version as at 14 tracks that would be plenty!

    At 76, Mac is still relevant and creating amazing music. I'm thankful for that.

    If you like the Beatles, Classic Rock or anything from Paul's solo career you will not be disappointed.
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  2. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    Wow!!! Thrilled to be loving this album!!! So, let me count the way...

    1) "Get Started"- This is the best faster rocker from these sessions
    Wow!!! Thrilled to be loving this album!!! So, let me count the way...

    1) "Get Started"- This is the best faster rocker from these sessions & it would have been great to have it on the album proper.
    It is to "Egypt Station" what "Turned Out" was to "New" (or "Love To You" to "Ram", or "Waterspout" to "London Town").

    I really appreciate both of the left field, lesser (to me) tracks ("Caesar Rock" & "Back In Brazil"), I have to say that "Get Started" is just soooooo great, that I'd really like to have had it somewhere on the standard album. At least it came out, but, it doesn't feel like a bonus track- it feels like a great single (and/or killer lead off track)!!!! "Caesar Rock" feels more like a bonus track song, in the vein of "Nothing For Free"- both are interesting, to be sure, but more tangential... where "Get Started" is just a total knock-out!

    2) "Confidante" is the most underrated highest level, great song on the album. "Happy With You" appears to be the break out non-single song (most plays on Spotify) & while I agree it that is also a top shelf track, "Confidante" is in that general vein (acoustic guitar driven song) & the voting here reflects it getting the short shrift.

    3) I have totally ended up adoring this album, but it's tricky for me to exactly "rank" it in his overall (or even recent) canon of work just yet, but... suffice to say, I am nothing short of blown away & am in total heaven with this album right now!!!
    My absolute fave tracks are still "Happy With You", "Confidante", "Hand In Hand", "Dominoes", "Do It Now" & "Get Started", but...

    The bigger story is how much I've ended up totally digging the rest of the album & how uniformly great the whole thing is... not far behind those top shelf faves are both the ambitious album closer epics "Despite Repeated Warnings" & "Hunt You Down/"Naked"/"C-Link".... two fine ballads "I Don't Know" & "People Want Peace"... two terrific rockers- "Come On To Me" & "Who Cares"... and, I now have to weigh in totally in favor of "Fuh You", which is a great pop single!!! I may have preferred "Get Started", but, "Fuh You" is infectious, hooky, catchy & cheeky clever.

    I even like the tracks I connect to less, "Caesar Rock" & "Back In Brazil", are interesting & unique detours... as is "Nothing For Free" (the other bonus track) for that matter.

    VIVA "EGYPT STATION"!!!!
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  3. Sep 7, 2018
    10
    Packed with beautiful and touching melodies (Hand In Hand, I Don't Know), great classic rockers (Who Cares, Come On To Me) and innovativePacked with beautiful and touching melodies (Hand In Hand, I Don't Know), great classic rockers (Who Cares, Come On To Me) and innovative songs (Back In Brazil, Caesar Rock), McCartney has not lost his touch, making it all sound extremely fresh and catchy. This might be one of the best albums he has released this century, together with Chaos and Creation and NEW.
    The 7-minute-track "Despite Repeated Warnings" sums it all up with an excellent pseudo suite only Sir Paul McCartney can write.
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  4. Sep 18, 2018
    8
    Flows well from to song to song and stands up to repeated listens with a great mix of rockers and ballads. Nicely produced; great mix ofFlows well from to song to song and stands up to repeated listens with a great mix of rockers and ballads. Nicely produced; great mix of instruments. Some songs even have an almost garage rock feel. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2018
    8
    This is a mixed bag and confronts listeners with the usual mix of joy and frustration that nearly every Mccartney solo album contains.This is a mixed bag and confronts listeners with the usual mix of joy and frustration that nearly every Mccartney solo album contains. Incredible, memorable, melodies mixed with some terrible facile writing and unfinished ideas. It is hard not to want to get in there and fix things that would seem easy to correct. But equally maddening is that the very things I would remove (the terrible verse on People want Peace, the awful chorus to Fuh You, etc.) are the very things others will enjoy. But that's Paul Mccartney, in trying to please everyone, he both charms and frustrates everyone. Enjoy the album for its ramshackle charm. For me, the highs outweigh the lows. Every day I have a new favorite track (Today, it is Happy With You) and even the ones I don't like have wedged themselves into my brain permanently. Not quite as good as Ram but similar in feel with perhaps a little less endurance but a little more weight and vulnerability. Not bad for an old man. Not bad at all. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2018
    8
    McCartney continues a comeback of sorts with another fine album. Interestingly it’s his first US #1 soloLP in 36 years. Paul is at his bestMcCartney continues a comeback of sorts with another fine album. Interestingly it’s his first US #1 soloLP in 36 years. Paul is at his best when he writes creative pop songs with great hooks. To be honest it’s rarely his lyrics that blow people away. Based on that I have to say “Fuh You” is getting a bum rap. Yeah the lyrics are dumb but were Uncle Albert, Jet or Get Back great poetry? No. They were great pop songs. Fuh You is his catchiest tunes in decades. Comparable to Wings at their best. Same goes for Baby Come On To Me. Not sure why Paul is so horny at 76 but those are the two pop standouts on an overall solid record. Don’t except cutting edge or even sonic experimentation worthy of Sgt. Pepper from someone in his sixth decade of recording. If he can produce a few great sing a long songs be happy and enjoy them. He’s done that with Egypt Station. Expand
  7. Nov 15, 2018
    2
    Paul lost his mojo and his best sidemen decades ago. George Martin would have no doubt consigned these poorly written, over produced demos toPaul lost his mojo and his best sidemen decades ago. George Martin would have no doubt consigned these poorly written, over produced demos to the rubbish bin. Expand

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