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Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

In his latest album, a new shade of the singer is revealed, proving the old master still has new tricks.

Kisses on the Bottom



More than 35 years ago, Paul McCartney asked the world if we needed silly love songs. The masses responded with a resounding yes, as the ex-Beatle continued his success with the band Wings and a solo career full of pop and classical compositions. With Kisses on the Bottom, McCartney offers us his most whimsical offering yet.

Those thinking this release is merely cashing in on a genre the likes of Rod Stewart and Seal recently took to fame are mistaken. For one thing, McCartney has already reached the musical mountain top with The Beatles; the rest of the time he has been busy following his muse.

For such classic artists, Kisses on the Bottom finds McCartney going back to a bygone era of American songwriting, namely the 1930s and 1940s, as he lovingly details long lost tracks by the likes of old-school luminaries such as Fats Waller, Harold Arlen and Cole Porter.

In fact, the album's title comes from a lyric on his warm take on Waller's I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. Backed by Diana Krall and her band, McCartney was in the rare position of standing in the vocal booth without an instrument.

The new-found focus on his singing allows for fine vocal nuances to appear on It's Only a Paper Moon and Get Yourself Another Fool. It's truly a new shade of the singer we have never seen before, proving the old master still has new tricks.

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