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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Beatles artist was self-recorded and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 18, 2020
    90
    Ad hoc, anything goes is the mood of what follows. Much is accomplished and playful. ... When he allows himself to forget who he is and just remember what it is that he does, he can still come up with songs to surprise you. More impressively, maybe even surprise himself.
  2. 80
    Weird, wonderful and whimsical, McCartney III finds the walrus on inspirational form.
  3. 80
    III is the sound of a less restless McCartney simply doing what he does best. [Jan 2021, p.86]
  4. The Wire
    Apr 6, 2021
    80
    McCartney’s infamous whimsy tempered by his refreshed penchant for odd sonic detail (the spectral guitar tangles that trail through “Find My Way” for instance) and an aged voice whose natural erosion is more feature than fault. [Feb 2021, p.58]
  5. Nov 25, 2020
    75
    Fortunately, midway through the record, McCartney III starts to soar. When he’s not pouring his heart out into silly love songs, McCartney fares best harnessing his seldom-seen inner rage, à la “Helter Skelter.”
  6. Jan 8, 2021
    75
    It’s catchy, well-crafted, and creative, all while remaining honest. It may not be the groundbreaking production that McCartney has, at times, produced with valiance and majesty, but it just works.
  7. 50
    Though it’s by no means essential, McCartney 3 will likely still win over legions of compulsive Macca collectors.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  1. Dec 18, 2020
    10
    Absolutely brilliant. Loved it. Really impressed by the guys talent still being there at 78. Then again, what could we expect differently fromAbsolutely brilliant. Loved it. Really impressed by the guys talent still being there at 78. Then again, what could we expect differently from Paul McCartney.

    Standouts:

    - Pretty Boys
    - Seize The Day
    - Winter Bird/When Winter Comes
    - Find My Way
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  2. Dec 23, 2020
    10
    Great great great! One of his best records! Very nice songs and a lot of variety... His voice is weak but very expressive... I love it!
  3. Dec 18, 2020
    10
    Exactly what we needed in quarantine. I love the creativity and optimism in this album, while most other quarantine albums have been moreExactly what we needed in quarantine. I love the creativity and optimism in this album, while most other quarantine albums have been more about isolation and depression. Melodically, McCartney is still the best there is. Probably the best there has ever been, in any genre or era of music, from a melodic sense. Expand
  4. Dec 26, 2020
    9
    'McCartney III' is a spontaneous gem that once again proves why Sir Paul is the greatest singer-songwriter of modern times. Unlike his last'McCartney III' is a spontaneous gem that once again proves why Sir Paul is the greatest singer-songwriter of modern times. Unlike his last studio album 'Egypt Station' (which I also love), here Paul takes a lot of risks and goes to musical places he's never been before, and that's saying a lot.

    Standout tracks for me would be "Deep Down", "Deep Deep Feeling" (with quite modern vocals and very interesting, experimental instrumentations) and the gorgeous "Women and Wives".

    There aren't really any weak tracks (although some melodies such as "Seize The Day" may not be as inspired), and people will find in 'McCartney III' a wider range of genres than on 'McCartney' or 'McCartney II', so there is a song for each taste. Those who prefer rockers will enjoy the classic rock 'n' roll "Lavatory Lil" or the more modern sounding "Slidin'". If you're more into ballads, the acoustic-guitar led "Pretty Boys" and "Kiss of Venus" are beautiful little melodies sung with Paul's current weathered but emotional voice.

    The album opener ("Long Tailed Winter Bird") and closer ("Winter Bird" + the 1992 recording of "When Winter Comes") give the album a sense of unity and work really well in reaffirming the general feel of both experimentation and homely atmosphere.

    In conclusion, it's a fantastic McCartney album, but its less comercial approach might need various listenings to fully appreciate its interesting turns and details.
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  5. Dec 18, 2020
    9
    Exceptional album. The instrumentation is out of this world, as McCartney continues to prove his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist. TheExceptional album. The instrumentation is out of this world, as McCartney continues to prove his prowess as a multi-instrumentalist. The overall tone of the album has a homey feel, much like McCartney I and Ram, and the songs are so diverse and experimental. The drumming stands out in the mix and initiates some sneakily heavy grooves, and the bass playing is.... well, it's McCartney.

    This album has something for nearly every fan in the rock milieu. Straight ahead, driving rock on songs like "Lavatory Lil" and "Slidin" is contrasted by the psychedelic approach on songs such as "Long Tailed Winter Bird" and "Deep Deep Feeling". Other gems include "Kiss of Venus" and "Find my Way", the latter of which is likely the most radio-friendly tune, highlighted by soaring, harmonizing guitar lines.

    All in all, this album is a fantastic breath of fresh, winter air right before the holidays. At 78 years old, cherish Sir Paul McCartney and do not take him for granted.
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  6. Dec 27, 2020
    8
    Since his departure from The Beatles, the beloved songsmith has alternated between skillfully-written pop masterworks to complete pieces ofSince his departure from The Beatles, the beloved songsmith has alternated between skillfully-written pop masterworks to complete pieces of **** Who would deny the excellence of Ram, Band on the Run, and Flaming Pie? On the other hand, who in their right mind can stomach head-scratchers like Wildlife, Press to Play, and the coma-inducing pablum, Give my Regards to Broad Street. Let's face it; what you get out of a Sir Paul release is anybody's guess.

    Interspersed among his bipolar discography is a triad of numbered albums that beg the question, what is so special about this triumvirate? What they appear to represent are three experimental shifts in style and direction. "I" was a lo-fi introspective shift away from Beatlemania. Ten years later, after the dissolution of Wings, "II" set an experimental tone for his next era of pop profundity. Fast forward forty years. In the middle of a pandemic, which he dubbs "rock-down," McCartney finds himself at the final transformational point in the triad.

    This current incarnation harks back to the first. Let's face it; Paul was the polished Beatle, the produced and precise Beatle, while John was rougher around the edges. The combination of the two is what made the magic. On "III", John lets himself go. He skips the razor and hairbrush, and as a result, we see more of his authentic self. He creates grooves and then jumps into them to explore space within. There's a little John Lennon in these tracks, and thus, a bit of magic is conjured.

    "Long Tailed Winter Bird" sets the pace with a vibrant blues riff greeted by scuffled rhythm and vocals a third of the way. "Find my Way' shines the light of hope into the dark space of our modern times with pop savvy. "Women and Wives" is a refreshing conjuring of a bare-bones blues ostinato. "Deep, Deep Feeling" evokes the modern soulfulness of James Blake or Mac Miller.

    "Deep Down" contains the lyric 'Yankee toes and Eskimos can turn to frozen ice' which McCartney wrote upon impulse and later determined that "it's best not to question too deeply a lyric" and left it alone. The closing track, "When Winter Comes," revisits the album's opening blues riff, building and accentuating dramatically. Much like 2020, we begin in the winter and end in the winter with a whole lot of struggle in between.

    In the long and winding road that is Paul McCartney's career, "III" is a rest along a scenic vista after a rough stretch of terrain. Fingers are crossed that "III" marks a pivot from the polished and predictable toward a deeper and more introspective McCartney in his remaining days.

    - Guitar & Pen
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  7. Dec 22, 2020
    0
    I purchased this CD because I expected fresh lyrics that blend with acoustic/electric guitar melody.... Sorry for Sir Paul fans like me,I purchased this CD because I expected fresh lyrics that blend with acoustic/electric guitar melody.... Sorry for Sir Paul fans like me, this was performed with created melodies afterwords matched up to non-melodic lyrics. I can't recommend buying this CD unless you listen to it first from another user like me Expand

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