I’ve been listening to the album nearly every day since the release, really digesting and immersing myself in these tunes, and I have to say that I really adore this record. The fact that we have this album at all is just such a gift. Here are some quick, random thoughts on my standout tracks:
“Find My Way” - classic Macca with psychedelic flourishes, I dig it
“Pretty Boys” - in the tradition of Paul’s acoustic arpeggio-driven tunes, a la “The Songs We Were Singing”, “Somedays”, “Early Days”, “Happy With You”, etc. Cool lyrics, and I love when the groove kicks in. Since Paul and the rest of The Beatles are arguably some of the most photographed people in history, it's really interesting to hear him reflecting on the treatment/experience of photographic subjects/models.
“Deep Deep Down” - the most experimental and vibey track in this collection, has the “McCartney II” spirit, and makes me think of “Kicked Around No More” and “Growing Up Falling Down” as far as the atmosphere goes. This definitely feels like new territory being explored by Paul though, which is crazy, considering he’s been a recording artist for nearly 60 years. Also, the polyrhythm around 5:57 when the shaker comes in
“Slidin’” - That riff! So heavy, and I love that he’s screaming his head off in the background like he’s Dave Grohl - all the yes!
“The Kiss of Venus” - probably my favorite “melody” on the album, and WHAT a melody! I hear shades of his work on The White Album here, and the lyrics are beautiful as well. A late career classic in my estimation.
“Seize The Day” - great melody and message, musically and sonically like a cross between his classic baroque-pop tunes combined with Brian May-esque guitar tones - great stuff.
“When Winter Comes” - a close second for my favorite melody here - just beautifully played and performed. I’ve been listening to this one a lot today, and it's hitting me in all the feels. So cool to hear him reflecting on the late 1969/early 1970 Scotland farm life with Linda and the kids, but it also occurred to me how relatable it is to these times; everyone in isolation, being forced to tend to their own figurative (or literal) gardens. I absolutely love it.
I like the rest of the songs as well (just not as much), with the exception of “Deep Down”, which I dig musically, but as a song it feels underdeveloped and drags on for too long (for me). Part of me wishes this track was left as an instrumental, because I don't feel the vocals really add anything. Perhaps it will grow on me, time will tell.
I'm just so grateful that we got this record, especially during these tough times.