If anyone has the right to release a new single that’s unabashedly Beatle-esque, it’d be Paul McCartney, and that adjective surely applies to “New,” the bouncy first single from his forthcoming album of the same name, due Oct. 15 (Oct. 14 in the U.K.)
“New” has a rock lilt akin to “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “It’s Getting Better,” a beat that propels his song about the rejuvenation and anticipation that comes with a new relationship.
The production, by Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson, is loaded with instrumental and vocal hooks, including a hopscotching guitar-keyboard riff at the opening that repeats later in the song, crisp hand claps and a soaring “ooh-ooh-ooh” accent that add up to one of the catchiest tunes McCartney’s ever done.
This first salvo signals an extension of the solid work McCartney delivered on his last studio album, 2007’s “Memory Almost Full.” Stay tuned.
Listen to "New."
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