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Paul McCartney – ‘Egypt Station’ Album Review

Carlton Singer | September 7, 2018
Paul McCartney Egypt Station Album Review

If anything, 2018 has been a fascinating journey in the world of rock music. From blockbuster farewell tours and final performances, to the resurgence of tube amps and classic rock stylings of decades past, and even the revival of hair metal (…which, incidentally, is fantastic,) 2018 has been anything but boring.

You could say it’s a great year for “old man music.” In fact, that should probably be a genre.

Late-career album releases have, in the past, sounded very much like late-career albums. They’ve lacked the virility, creativeness, and punch of youth, delivered more as fan service than the artist’s actual vision (yes, Bob Dylan, I am staring right at you.) To be fair, age and years in any industry will inevitably dim the spark of the working artist, and it’s to the point now that the young are doing “old man music” better than the old men. Unless, that is, the old man in question is Sir Paul McCartney.


Egypt Station is a testament to Macca’s decades of pop-rock sensibility. The 16 tracks, coming in at just under an hour, drip with his years of experience, and from the opening track (the aptly named “Opening Station,”) this is one hundred percent a solid Paul McCartney album, and not one that fans expected.

The next two tracks also happen to be the first two singles McCartney released off Egypt Station, way back in June of this year. The almost-sad “I Don’t Know” lends a piano and a voice to the exasperation of making it through a tough day, while the upbeat “Come On To Me” is a throwback to his old Beatles material.

Macca fills the stadium sing-a-long slot with “Happy With You,” a poppy love song driven by rolling tom toms and a bouncy acoustic guitar twang. The lyrics reflect back on his younger, wilder days in typical “old man music” fashion, before arriving at the conclusion that he’s better off where he’s at.

The album continues on, touching on a number of McCartney’s friends and earlier projects. The influence of John Lennon is undeniable on the harpsichord anthem “People Want Peace,” while the shuffling “Back In Brazil” harkens back to the 1970s and his days with Wings.

There are so many great songs on this album, but the standout has got to be “Caesar Rock.” The instrumentation is a blend of early eighties garage fuzz and modern indie vocal effects, which is completely unexpected. It had to start out as “she’s a rock” and it just morphed into this perfect little rock banger. You get the feeling that McCartney and his band never really intended to write this song, it just sort of happened, and for a 76 year old man, that is miraculous.

Egypt Station isn’t just another typical “old man music” release. It is a well-envisioned and skillfully crafted Paul McCartney album, one that only adds to the history of the rock legend, and that sends the message that he isn’t planning on going anywhere any time soon.

Paul McCartney has plotted out his “Freshen Up Tour” for 2019. Check out the schedule below to see Macca in your city!

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