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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: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  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. Dec 18, 2020
    83
    Though the album has its share of pleasingly ramshackle numbers, there are a good number of “real” songs here, ones you can imagine fitting in on “Flaming Pie” (which had a deluxe reissue this year) or “Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.” But it’s some of the goofier or slightly more experimental tracks that, for a certain breed of fan anyway, make the ramshackle “III” even easier to love than the more formal “Egypt Station.”
  3. Nov 25, 2020
    80
    McCartney III isn't ambitious like Egypt Station - like his first two self-titled solo statements, it's a spontaneous palette cleanser after a labored studio project. [Nov 2020, p.69]
  4. 80
    III is the sound of a less restless McCartney simply doing what he does best. [Jan 2021, p.86]
  5. Dec 17, 2020
    80
    Adding another installment to a successful legacy is always a risk, but with ‘McCartney III’, all the icon’s beloved songwriting quirks are out in full force. A more than worthy third prong of the trilogy.
  6. 75
    McCartney III will likely go down as one more intriguing artifact from this deeply strange year: an above-average quarantine album from one of the highest-profile artists yet to share their lockdown material. Left alone with his thoughts like the rest of the world, Paul McCartney turned solitude into something unifying. The end result has its flaws, but the sentiment certainly doesn’t.
  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: 35 out of 44
  2. Negative: 6 out of 44
  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 18, 2020
    8
    É um ótimo álbum musicalmente, soa como um retrato mais "confortável" da quarentena, algo menos pesado sentimentalmente. Durante muitosÉ um ótimo álbum musicalmente, soa como um retrato mais "confortável" da quarentena, algo menos pesado sentimentalmente. Durante muitos momentos do álbum, é até esquecível o momento pandêmico que vivemos. Eu, pessoalmente, esperava um projeto mais experimental como o McCartney I e II, principalmente pelo momento histórico, político e social conturbado. É um bom álbum, excelente, divertido de ouvir e com faixas muito interessantes artisticamente. O problema é que o álbum insiste em deixar um sentimento de que poderia ser mais. Expand
  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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