Paul McCartney’s New Album Emphasizes His Versatility
Paul McCartney’s new album “Kisses on the Bottom” (released February 7) truly accentuates his versatility as a songwriter and a musician. From the very first track, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter” (a Fats Waller cover) we are exposed to McCartney’s willingness to push the boundaries of his musical prowess. The track has a slow jazz song a style,which we are not used to hearing from McCartney, though his swooning voice lends well to the song’ s mood. In fact McCartney does well to keep the entire album very tender and jazzy, creating a perfect style for the album’s Valentine’s release.
On the more up beat and danceable, “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” McCartney strays from his usual melodic tones in favor of a more rhythmic vocal style reminding the listener of Billy Joel. The heartfelt track “My Valentine” has remnants of an early Beatles love song though McCartney again tweaks his vocals, taking on a deeper tone to compliment the lovely symphonics of the lead guitar.
Rounding out the album with the track “The Inch Worm,” McCartney showcases his versatility as a songwriter and lyricist drawing unique comparisons between an inchworm’s steady movements and the feelings of love.