{Album Review} Paul McCartney: Egypt Station

Content Writer | Annora Sundararajan

A McCartney concept album at its finest. Filled with pangs of nostalgia and a sense of hope; cue the constant air punching because this album is a solid banger. In specific, I’d like to point out the album’s 5th track ‘Who Cares’, a definite toe-tapper if nothing else, but since it’s McCartney, it becomes so much more. The lyrics including the line “Did you ever get lost in the heart of the crowd and the people around keep on pushing you down”, prove that after more than half a century, McCartney still, as he did with The Beatles, sings a call to arms for the wayward youth. It’s like he has a direct line to teenage angst and uses ‘Egypt Station’ to speak to the rebel inside all of us.  “Who cares what the idiots say/ who cares what the idiots do/ who cares about the beat in your heart/ I do!” If those lines don’t make you want to stand up and feel empowered then I don’t know what will.

‘Egypt Station’ opens on an instrumental part so quintessentially McCartney that there is no mistaking that after five long years, the Liverpudlian legend is back. The double single of ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come on to me’ takes you back to the early days of the Beatles strumming around and expresses everything those first few songs represented to the people.

However, ‘Fuh you’ the second single from the album, is a different story entirely. It’s got all the makings of a modern era summer anthem, but never loses the integrity of being written by one of the greats of old. The song is not quite what you would normally expect from McCartney, and has more of a Capital FM guilty pleasure vibe to it, but you can just hear the cheeky schoolboy persona the Beatles so perfectly embodied in this; from “staying up half the night” to “I just wanna Fuh you”, you can’t help but smile.

Another major theme throughout the album is reminiscing about the good old days, and ‘Confidante’ is storytelling at its best. McCartney sings of a forgotten youth and his “long lost anthems”, shared with his “underneath the staircase friend”, Paul takes us back to his boyhood days when it was just you and your best mate against the rest of the world. A wistful tale about some quite personal memories shows a more vulnerable side to the artist.

In summary, ‘Egypt station’ is like someone found a few half-forgotten McCartney classics down the back of the sofa, wrapped them up in one of Paul’s own paintings and made an album. Full of songs that feel as though you’ve known them forever, ‘Egypt Station’ is quite literally a collection of “long lost anthems” for any generation.

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