Paul McCartney has finally dropped his highly anticipated album McCartney III, 40 years after the trilogy’s previous installment.
On the new album, the Beatle returns to the upbeat pop rock sound of his youth.
As with the previous two entries in the self-titled series, Macca played all the instruments on McCartney III, which he recorded at home during the coronavirus quarantine.
McCartney flirts with needly synths and classic rock riffs in equal measure across the record, conjuring up old-school blues riffs with ease on tracks such as opener “Long Tailed Winter Bird” and “Slidin’.” The slow, expansive “Deep Deep Feeling” brings some mid-album relief, and the homely acoustic ditty “Winter Bird / When Winter Comes” closes out the record.
Per Billboard, the release of McCartney III was pushed back a week due to “unforeseeable production delays,” but is now available in multiple formats. To promote the release of his new album, McCartney will appear on a Twitter listening party hosted by Tim Burgess of The Charlatans on Monday (December 21) to discuss the tracks on McCartney III.
Monday December 21st
8pm (U.K. time)@PaulMcCartney will be our very special guest for a twitter based @LlSTENlNG_PARTY guided tour of McCartney III – finishing with an encore of Wonderful Christmas Time 🎄
Be sure to join us, your name is on the guest list pic.twitter.com/2iuEpVEtZH
— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) December 17, 2020
Listen to McCartney III here: