An almost full dose of nostalgia

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 July, 2007, 12:00am

Although more than 30 years have passed since The Beatles broke up, their legacy lives on in the two living members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Recently celebrating his 65th birthday hasn't slowed McCartney down: his new album rose to No 8 on the British charts.

Memory Almost Full is a paradox: many of the lyrics imply that McCartney is looking to the future, yet musically many of the songs are reminiscent of his work with The Beatles and Wings.

The anagram in the CD title, 'for my soul mate LLM', echoes the sense of nostalgia found throughout the disc.

McCartney kicks off the album with Dance Tonight, displaying beautiful vocals most 60-year-olds are no longer capable of. The style is similar to much of The Beatles' early work, with a sprinkling of modern pop.

The second half of the CD feels like an orchestral movement. The best songs are Vintage Club, That Was Me and Feet In the Clouds, as the style develops from heavy guitar riffs to vocal-intensive ballads.

McCartney's newest offering takes the audience on a nostalgic journey through his musical career. Though it isn't quite a spiritual successor to Abbey Road, it is definitely worth a listen.