When an artist reaches the stature of Paul McCartney, they can afford to try new things. Over the years, Sir Paul has released experimental albums under the pseudonym The Fireman and Percy Thrillington. He also has five classical albums under his belt.
McCartney’s latest release, “Kisses on the Bottom,” takes the artist in a new direction, back to his roots and the standards that he grew up listening to as a child. McCartney also throws in a couple original compositions in the style of the standards, those numbers fit seamlessly into the album.
In spite of what could been a self-indulgent rehash of a concept done by many contemporary pop artists as a substitute for their lack of original material, McCartney pulls it off tremendously well.
While McCartney’s voice is iconic, he has never sounded quite like he does on “Kisses on the Bottom.” McCartney’s vocals convey a warmth and love that is unparalleled, which is amazing when you consider the multitude of love songs McCartney has penned and performed over the last fifty years or so.
“Kisses on the Bottom,” may also have the broadest appeal of any album McCartney has recorded. It’s for anyone who has ever been in love or longs to be in love, and it’s a fantastic gift to his fans.