McCartney stays fresh, familiar on 'New'
Paul McCartney, (Hear Music)
For his 16th solo record, and first of original material in six years, Paul McCartney turned to a team of four hot producers to come up with something “New.” The result is both fresh and comfortably familiar. McCartney, a master of the catchy 3-minute pop song, isn't reinventing himself here as the title may suggest. Rather, he's once again compiling an enjoyable 45 minutes or so of toe-tapping pop songs that are sure to please his longtime fans while doing little to break much truly “new” ground.
Just try listening to “On My Way to Work” or “Queenie Eye” without bobbing your head along to the beat. Love him or hate him, few can pump out these types of ditties quite like McCartney. The mere fact that McCartney is able to come up with something that isn't a simple retread of his past successes must be considered a success.
— Associated Press
Pearl Jam (Monkeywrench/Republic)
For its 10th album, “Lightning Bolt,” Pearl Jam revisits the themes of its debut “Ten” as older, wiser, craftier rockers. “You think we've been here before, you are mistaken,” Eddie Vedder sings in the darkly sarcastic “Infallible,” which recognizes life's shades of gray, musically and lyrically, better than the guys who wrote “Black.” With the help of producer Brendan O'Brien, Pearl Jam incorporates the sounds of idols and friends R.E.M. (“Swallowed Whole”), Dead Kennedys (“Mind Your Manners”) and Neil Young (“Yellow Moon”) into the band's style. The result is Pearl Jam's best, most-cohesive album since “Yield” and a fitting bookend with “Ten” for the band's first 20 years.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Opera Theater of Pittsburgh vocal competition’s not over until best voice sings
- Young singer Salvant brings talent, not as much creativity to North Side shows
- Bluegrass band Darlingside regroups, creates a better whole
- Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials keep surprises coming
- Pitt Jazz Seminar and Concert takes look at business side of music
- Tributes to late Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra director Maazel continue
- Valcuha to continue journey with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
- Concert at Pitt to celebrate organist’s legacy