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Paulie Want A Cracker?

Mccartney_paul_03lJaded Insider just got our hands on the new Paul McCartney album, "Memory Almost Full," which arrives June 5 as the first release on Starbucks' new Hear Music label. Visit Billboard.com on Friday for details of our exclusive chat with the Beatles great, including some surprising news on the digital front, but for now, allow us to walk you through a few key tunes from the record.

A little background: Paulie started work on "Memory Almost Full" before the release of his last album, 2005's "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard." He plays most of the instruments himself throughout, although his touring band pops up here and there. The result: some of McCartney's most enjoyable songs in decades -- we kid you not.

The first four tracks are great and hearken back to the simple but satisfying approach of albums like 1989's "Flowers in the Dirt." "Dance Tonight" is all mandolin and kick drum, while "Ever Present Past" is a bubbly pop-rocker that finds Paul admitting, "I've got too much on my plate / don't have no time to be a decent lover," before an ace chorus kicks in.

Multi-tracked, high-register vocal harmonies add a Wings-y touch to the melodically sublime "See Your Sunshine," while the orchestral intro to "Only Mama Knows" morphs into a fast, vaguely angry track with a narrator who seems to question why he was born in a "godforsaken town."

The last five tunes form a retrospective suite that starts with Paul's birth in Liverpool (the white boy blues of "That Was Me") and careens into the present day. Actually, it cranes its neck far into the future on the piano-led "The End of the End," where McCartney address his own mortality: "On the day that I die / I'd like jokes to be told / And stories of old to be rolled out like carpets."

No tour plans just yet for Macca, but it looks like something's percolating for next year. Stay tuned.

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"The result: some of McCartney's most enjoyable songs in decades -- we kid you not."-----

Seriously that's hard to believe.

Posted by: Jon | May 10, 2007 1:56:24 PM

What's hard to believe is how he good and prolific he continues to be...

Posted by: Del Rivers | May 12, 2007 11:28:20 PM

Jon

I assume you meant that's because Paul has been putting out enjoyable songs the whole time.

Otherwise you are a flaming idiot.

Posted by: TONY | May 13, 2007 8:34:11 PM

Paul's stuff is always listenable if somewhat fluffy at times and a bit unfinished. He should work with a band or someone that gives some critical input like Lennon did. Someone that can tell him when something could sound better. I think he's fab and always will be.

Posted by: Mikey | May 14, 2007 8:44:48 AM

It would be great to hear songs as good as Pauls' mid-70's output. Band On The Run is a top 50 album of all time that gets very little positive history...If he can approach that level of quality, it would make the decade - my two favorite living artists Dylan and McCartney at ful peak creative powers....

Posted by: Mark C | May 14, 2007 12:51:30 PM

Paul has the hardest job in the music industry in that he has to always compete with Paul McCartney aged 25 and at the centre of the greatest band in musical history.

But, that said, his new album is a gem and reminds us that the genius that is Paul McCartney is very much alive and well.

Posted by: Tony Bailey | Jun 9, 2007 4:52:36 PM

This is Paul MacCartney at his best (I love it)prediction platinum sales

Posted by: Terry Sim | Jun 14, 2007 1:53:47 PM

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