Paul McCartney
Egypt Station


2.5
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Review

by Alex Stephenson USER (35 Reviews)
September 7th, 2018 | 38 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I used to get stoned.

If ever there were an artist who is physically incapable of adding to his legacy, it would have to be Paul McCartney. Ex-Beatle, frontman and chief songwriter of another popular 70s band, proficient and highly successful solo artist (the best solo career of all the Beatles, despite what many will tell you)...this man has worked with the best of the best and has the success to show for it. And yet despite his legacy having been carved in stone, the man still releases albums every few years or so to prove that he's still alive, that he's still "hip and with it". The latter part of this statement is a shame, because when Macca isn't releasing albums just to prove he has a pulse on modern music, he can make genuinely great music. Flaming Pie and Chaos and Creation in the Backyard serve as relatively recent examples of his pure songwriting ability surviving into his older years.

Unlike much of his previous album NEW, Egypt Station doesn't typically drown in its own attempts to modernize Paul's sound. Granted, this album did bring us "Fuh You", a career lowlight which boasts a dime store version of Imagine Dragons-lite production (courtesy of OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder), but thankfully this track is most definitely the exception and not the mean. The rest of the material generally consists of Macca trying to capture the softer parts of his mid-2000s records mixed with some bizarre attempts at experimentation. I say these attempts are "bizarre" because they never feel like the idea Paul had in mind for that experimentation was completely realized. The two "Station" interlude tracks don't seem to serve any purpose other than giving the album perceived importance, and there are a couple of attempts at writing lengthy "epics" towards the latter half of the album which lope along without going much of anywhere.

The best moments on Egypt Station are where Macca lays himself out in a very open, honest fashion, both lyrically and musically. Lead single "I Don't Know" is arguably his best song of the decade for exactly that reason, as Paul laments a negative situation of some seriousness in an unusually frank way for him. "Happy with You" may have relatively childish lyrics, but that's part of the charm; it's an innocent song that doesn't pretend to be anything but, and musically it recalls some of the very best songs on Flaming Pie and Chaos. But these moments are just not numerous enough to overcome the general messiness of this album. It's a frustrating record for a McCartney fan such as myself because it's evident that there's a very good record lying somewhere in these fragmented ideas, milquetoast production and rudimentary lyrics (we could acknowledge the weak vocals as well, but that's to be expected with the 76 year-old McCartney at this point so I say let's cut him some slack). Instead, we're left with an album that's impressively unsatisfying to listen to, and as someone who knows that Paul's not getting any younger, I sincerely hope this is not the note he ends up finishing his career on.



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TheLongShot
September 7th 2018


642 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

New Macca record(!)

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
September 7th 2018


18454 Comments


fuh

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Dewinged
September 7th 2018


14477 Comments


Oh how the mighty fall.

Good review. Pos.

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Gyromania
September 7th 2018


26502 Comments


Idk that one single was fun (the one everyone hates). Probably wouldn't like the whole album tho

Divaman
September 7th 2018


3315 Comments


He had his day. But I'm pretty done with him.

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Tunaboy45
September 7th 2018


16702 Comments


That Fuh You song is cosmically bad

onionbubs
September 7th 2018


10814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

he’s been been hit and miss for a while bummer to see this is kinda whatever but i’ll still check prob

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TheLongShot
September 7th 2018


642 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I’m just disappointed this wasn’t better than NEW, that album got so overhyped when it came out it’s not funny

AnimalsAsSummit
September 7th 2018


3745 Comments


cool as hell album name but this sounds like a bad listening experience from what ive read so far

TheNotrap
September 7th 2018


9625 Comments


His solo career never caught my attention.

Nice summary and review.

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TheLongShot
September 7th 2018


642 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll play devil's advocate here and say that there is a subsect of Macca fans who think this is his most interesting album in a considerable while, so although I don't think this is a very good album, if you're interested in McCartney's career at any level I would at least give this one spin

hassanguason
September 7th 2018


27 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

His best album since Chaos and Creation. The singles are garbage but the second half of this album is impressive.

Rowhaus
September 7th 2018


2068 Comments


does it jam harder than temporary secretary?

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Casavir
September 7th 2018


3091 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

A bad Paul McCartney album? Who could have known?

Realm
September 7th 2018


2497 Comments


Best solo Beatle was Harrison but Band on the Run still rules

Realm
September 7th 2018


2497 Comments


-bloc

ClungeAbsentia
September 7th 2018


97 Comments


From what I read he didn't even want to do 'Fuh You're and only did it with the hopes of getting a hit, it was mainly the producer's idea. That's pretty sad.

TheLongShot
September 7th 2018


642 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Best solo Beatle was Harrison but Band on the Run still rules"



Ahhhhh, you're one of those people

onionbubs
September 8th 2018


10814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

he ain’t wrong

onionbubs
September 8th 2018


10814 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

electric arguments is his best album post like, maybe 1978 or 75



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