Bruce M. wrote:
Okay, I've had just one listen to each new tune, so this is REALLY preliminary, but... "I Don't Know" initially strikes me as the sort of generic Paul ballad that we usually get when he writes a song for a movie or video game, etc. And the melody is oddly flat for Paul. It's not terrible by any means, but I can't imagine it as a successful single. I kind of feel similarly about "Come On to Me" -- kind of a generic Paul rocker, not at all bad but also not at all instantly memorable. The raucous vibe is nice, but nothing about it feels special. I do sense a marketing strategy here -- one track for adult contemporary radio and another for however many rock stations are still hanging on. Of course, 2 tracks don't make an album, but was hoping to love these the way I loved the title song to "New" when it was first released. And it does strike me as odd that these are coming out nearly 3 months before the album drops. I can't imagine anyone but hardcore fans still remembering these tunes in September.
Bruce, I agree with you...the generic movie ballad comment especially. Neither is bad, but neither is great. That said, over the past couple of releases, more often than not the first songs out have been middle of the pack, with the real gems on the album.
I'm glad I'm not the only one that thought that. As I listened to it for the first time last night I was somewhat disappointed because both songs sound very flat, for a McCartney tune. The ballad "I Don't Know" kind of just meanders and reminds me of "I Want to Come Home," which he wrote for a movie soundtrack a few years back - which is ground McCartney has already covered - something that he rarely does. There's nothing really catchy or memorable about "IDK." "Come On To Me," though it is a rocker, is not very memorable either, with nothing really catchy to keep me interested. I was an instant fan of every album's lead single since I became a McCartney fan around the time of Driving Rain, but these two new songs just fall flat for me. I hope the rest of the album doesn't sound like this. Even the cover art isn't very original. It looks like George Harrison's album cover from 1982, 'Gone Troppo.' I wish I was alive during his heyday - or even the 1980's when his voice was a little stronger. This album is the first album that you can really start to tell he's getting up there in age. I've listened to both songs a handful of times since last night and I'm just disappointed that I waited 5 years for this. I expected it to be better. I agree with the post above - neither song is bad, but neither song is great.