In contrast to the endless recycling of oldie goldies by Three Dog Night etc. Paul McCartney is an example of the opposite end of the spectrum— endless creativity and new songs. This is truly remarkable for someone who could easily rest on his laurels…and what a large bed of laurels he has to rest on since the early 1960s. But no….. Sir Paul must Ram On. Now it has to be admitted that Paul’s voice isn’t all it used to be. There’s more of a quaver than there used to be, especially in the upper range. But the roughness of the voice in places actually suits some of the newer songs.
This album is a more diverse and rough-edged collection of tunes in compared to the slick, highly polished last lp— NEW. And one could even suggest that Egypt Station is something of a concept album…. with Station I taking one down the track to Station II…. in due course. And beyond. It is quite the interesting ride. Like with numerous previous solo projects, Paul plays all the string instruments, keyboards etc. But he brings in a church choir and the horn boys from Muscle Shoals when he needs them. There is a nice mix of more acoustic and more rock n roll numbers… and some big surprises. Like who saw a tune like Back in Brazil coming, or a trilogy song that serves as a potent political critique of our (and Britain’s) current administrations called ‘Despite Repeated Warnings’ about a captain steering a boat in disastrous and dangerous directions, ‘despite repeated warnings’. The protest song People Want Peace is less effective. There are nice love songs like Happy with You or Hand in Hand or Caesar Rock (She’s a Rock) and even lust songs like Fuh You (see Why Don’t We Do it in the Road) or Come On to Me. And yes there are rock out numbers like the 3 part finale— Hunt You Down (see Junior’s Farm).