Out Now: Paul McCartney’s takes risks that pay off on ‘New’

British singer Sir Paul McCartney performs in Covent Garden, London, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. The...
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Sat, Oct 19, 2013
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“New,” Paul McCartney

The title of Paul McCartney’s latest release is apt: It’s his first set of new material in six years. Critic Bill Friskics-Warren praises the album, saying that with this release, McCartney refutes the charges of superficiality that have dogged him over the years. Working with four producers, Friskics-Warren says, McCartney took risks, and they paid off.

“Several of the record’s tracks feature trippy interludes that update the analog loops and effects heard on Beatles touchstones like ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Revolver’ for the digital age,” the critic writes in The Post. “ ‘Road’ . . . evokes the ethereal electronica of the French duo Air, while the shuffling, new-wavey funk of ‘Appreciate’ reminds us of what Prince gleaned from the Fab Four even as it reveals a debt to hip-hop production values and beats.”

— Amy Hitt


  • “Johnny Carson,” by Henry Bushkin
  • “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” by Helen Fielding
  • “Humans of New York,” by Brandon Stanton
  • “Identical,” by Scott Turow
  • “Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever,” by Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O’Connell


  • “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam
  • “Let’s Be Still,” the Head and the Heart
  • “Magpie and the Dandelion,” the Avett Brothers
  • “Pax-Am Days,” Fall Out Boy
  • “To All the Girls . . . ,” Willie Nelson


  • “Carrie”
  • “12 Years a Slave”
  • “Escape Plan”
  • “The Fifth Estate”
  • “I’m in Love With a Church Girl”
  • “Mother of George”
  • “Muscle Shoals”
  • “The Stream”
  • “Wedding Palace”


  • “The Heat”
  • “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain”
  • “Pacific Rim”

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