• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Dec 18, 2020
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
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  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 15, 2020
    90
    His music already transcended time, but with the completion of this trilogy he has drawn a link through the past 50 years with his virtuosic compositions.
  3. 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.”
  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. Dec 21, 2020
    80
    An exuberant and heartening spin of the songwriting wheel, a carefree and not overthought documentation of how creativity can be harnessed and fledgling ideas brought to realisation More importantly, it’s a valuable addition to his catalogue that should provide happiness to many.
  6. 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.
  7. 80
    Weird, wonderful and whimsical, McCartney III finds the walrus on inspirational form.
  8. 80
    Along with its album-ending coda, it helps to shroud the album in a rootsy, pastoral intimacy fitting for the times and akin to (although significantly meatier than) ‘McCartney’. In between, as you’d expect from a legend who’s been pushing his electronic boundaries on recent albums such as ‘2018’s ‘Egypt Station’, Sir Paul approaches the record with the same adventuring spirit as he did ‘McCartney II.’
  9. Dec 14, 2020
    80
    McCartney produces his most real, immersive, and innovative work, and roles a mellotron in for good measure.
  10. Dec 11, 2020
    80
    I have no hesitation in saying that McCartney III is every bit the equal of its predecessors. It is unadulterated Macca, with a little bit of cheese on the side – the sound of one of the greatest songwriters of our time, having the time of his life.
  11. Dec 10, 2020
    80
    Individually, these moments may not seem particularly eccentric yet when they're collected as an album, they add up to a charmingly off-kilter record, an album that benefits from its modest origins and McCartney's willingness to not polish too many of his rough edges.
  12. Dec 10, 2020
    80
    There are moments of filler – Deep Down’s vaguely R&B-ish groove rambles a little – but this is the most straightforwardly enjoyable and certainly the most personal McCartney album since 2005’s haunted, twilit Chaos and Creation in the Backyard.
  13. 80
    III is the sound of a less restless McCartney simply doing what he does best. [Jan 2021, p.86]
  14. Mojo
    Nov 25, 2020
    80
    Just like McCartneys I and II, III is a confounding cocktail of genius and misfires. [Jan 2021, p.82]
  15. 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]
  16. 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.
  17. Dec 18, 2020
    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.
  18. 75
    Like any contemporary Macca project, III feels like comfort food. Credit that voice, charming and unmistakable after decades of use. Hearing it anew is like curling up inside a warm blanket.
  19. 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.”
  20. Dec 22, 2020
    73
    Even if it isn’t the notable stylistic statement that McCartney II was, it still feels poignant, and yes: surprisingly youthful.
  21. Dec 23, 2020
    72
    As was the case with the first two McCartneys, III’s eccentricities are best put to use when they’re supporting Macca’s endearing melodies rather than corrupting them. Fortunately, McCartney III has enough radiant moments to outweigh its stumbles.
  22. Jan 22, 2021
    70
    McCartney III may not be the jewel in the crown of his recorded work, but it's a decent record, which proves once and for all that you cannot overlook, second guess, or write off Paul McCartney.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 95
  2. Negative: 11 out of 95
  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 21, 2020
    9
    What an album OMG..

    Every song is good. And I say it again. All OF THEM are good. Like the lock down situation: home, love, little
    What an album OMG..

    Every song is good. And I say it again. All OF THEM are good.
    Like the lock down situation: home, love, little madness, family.

    Highlights: LTWB, Find my Way, Pretty Boys, Seize the Day, When Winter Comes

    Best: Kiss of Venus
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  3. Dec 20, 2020
    10
    Amazing as always Sir Paul. "NOOOOOOO HOW CAN A 78 Y/O DUDE SING NOOOOOO HE SHOULD RETIRE"

    Just shut up and listen to this album.