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Egypt Station

Paul McCartney

Egypt Station

Seventeenth solo album and first for five years from the music legend produced by Greg Kurstin (Sia, Beck, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters)

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  1. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Structured like a ride on the cosmic train, complete with silly sex songs and a plea for peace. The result is classic Paul
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  2. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The sense of focus, concentration and a taking away of adornments makes this an outstanding addition to the catalogue
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  3. 8.0 |   American Songwriter

    For the most part, this is an album that constantly projects joy and musical adventurousness, qualities which have signified this career for more than a half-century
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  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Every song puts a tap in your toe, a worm in your ear and a smile on your face. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Q

    He's enjoying his music far too much to stop now. And so, for the matter, are we. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    McCartney describes each song as a station on life’s journey. It’s a theme unravelled on the tracks that throw back to his prime eras, where Egypt Station’s real magic lies
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  7. 8.0 |   The Observer

    By turns playful, honest and questing, Paul McCartney hitches empathy to experimentation on his urgent new album
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s a bold and exhilarating comeback that underlines McCartney’s songwriting status — a living legend, no less
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  9. 8.0 |   NME

    Macca gives the fans what they want on this whistle-stop tour through his world-changing career
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    McCartney appears to be grasping the nettle and squeezing the most out of life and his apparently never-ending songbook. A definite thumbs up
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  11. 7.0 |   Clash

    ‘Egypt Station’ feels like Paul McCartney having a blast being Macca, grasping his own identity, and relishing it – a fun, at times downright bold, return it’s something fans will cherish
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  12. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Egypt Station marks a clean break from the music McCartney has been making for the last 20 years
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  13. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    At just under an hour, Egypt Station is certainly a trek. Perhaps it's a journey that might tire some people out; but luckily, you've got the stories there to accompany you
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  14. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Paul McCartney's Egypt Station carries listeners on a conceptual journey through musical "stations" that admits experiences and teases experiments as only he could achieve and deliver
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  15. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    More than 50 years since Beatlemania, the Cute One keeps on pushing himself, and it's a pleasure to see his creative fire burning bright
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  16. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Strong enough to ensure that McCartney can sprinkle three or four tracks into the set on his upcoming world tour without setting off any alarms. Print edition only

  17. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A minor entry in Macca's catalog is still worth a couple spins
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  18. 6.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Egypt Station is easily one of the most forward-thinking records of McCartney’s later career and a surprisingly welcome return
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  19. 6.0 |   Record Collector

    Good album, with some obligatory pratfalls, very few longeurs and several quality flashes of the innate melodic gift that, after all, put him precisely where he is. During those best bits, the “he’s 76, after all” qualifier becomes utterly redundant
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  20. 6.0 |   DIY

    It’s hard to leave ‘Egypt Station’ without a grin. All aboard!
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  21. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Well-meaning misjudgements interwoven with unapologetic sentimentality – and a clutch of some really good songs in the mix, too
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  22. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Macca tries to keep up with the kids by recording with super-songwriter Ryan Tedder, but the strongest moments are when he embraces his own innate talent for melody – and his angst
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  23. 5.8 |   Pitchfork

    Part of the Beatle’s charm lies in his vacillation between the banal and the profound, sometimes within a single song. Despite its dark moments, his 17th solo album is firmly within this tradition
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  24. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    This is very much a Paul McCartney solo album: the uneven product of compulsive songwriting that includes several delightful songs, several terrible ones, and a lot in between
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  25. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Egypt Station is more frustrating than it is enjoyable
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