Paul McCartney, never at a loss for creating extraordiary songs does not disappoint on this collection either. The music is pure McCartney; the lyrics nonpareil. Paul McCartney is a song writer in a class by himself. He has definitely raised the musical bar once again.
"Fine Line" is of extraordinary caliber and "Jenny Wren" is noted for its beautiful acoustic and Paul's singing. "English Tea" brings to mind the Beatle years; in listening to this, one can imagine Paul in 1967 singing this and it would be as wonderful and outstanding as it is as a recent work. Indeed, this one does hearken back to Beatle days; one can indeed hear the unique influence as only Paul McCartney can provide.
"Too Much Rain" and "Riding to Vanity Fair" are excellent songs that work as "counterpoint" or contradictory pieces. The songs both show Paul at his cutting edge best.
This is the kind of thing I hope we'll hear more of over time. Paul McCartney has indeed shown a musical renaissance as well as his musical roots which are with the Beatles. He deftly combines these and the result is nothing short of brilliant. In effect, one can liken this to Gestalt - the sum being greater than the whole of its parts. In this case, the parts being Paul's musical background with the Beatles and later with Wings and his more current solo works. This is indeed a beautifully done Gestalt listening experience.
No Beatle fan and/or Paul McCartney fan should be without this one. The song writing is just spectactular. You also get a DVD with a very nice doumentary about the creation of this CD. You also get some animated footage as well. Be sure to get this one and get ready for some high caliber music!