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Paul McCartney, Memory Almost Full
Official release date: June 5
The Internet loves it!: “Overall, Memory Almost Full is a solid effort from a ridiculously talented musician. I can tell a few of these songs are going to be staples on my playlist pretty soon … Well done, Sir Paul.” [Ross Blog]
The Internet hates it!: “I want to like this album but … this is the same material that he’s been releasing for all of his career … A pleasant trip, if one that you’ve taken many times before.” [All the Kings Men]
We think: It’s not exactly Time Out of Mind, but Memory might be the most somber album in McCartney’s discography. In the past year, he’s been through a divorce and a 64th birthday, and both are discernible inspirations for these songs; “Nod Your Head” and “Only Mama Knows” seem to be aimed at Heather Mills, while pretty much everything else is informed by a new awareness of his own mortality. His pop instincts are still sharp, though, and half of these tracks could pass for Band on the Run leftovers. Not bad. —Lane BrownPaul McCartney Album Leaks, Boomers Dust Off the Rolling Papers