About this album
- Release date: February 7, 2012
- Label: Hear Music
- Catalog number: 33669
- Musicians: Paul McCartney: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Diana Krall, Tamir Hendelman: piano
John Pizzarelli, Bucky Pizzarelli, Anthony Wilson, John Chiodini: guitars
Robert Hurst, John Clayton, Christian McBride, Chuck Berghoffer: bass
Karriem Riggins, Jeff Hamilton, Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
Mike Mainieri: vibes
Ira Nepus: trombone
Chloe Arzy, Evyn Johnson, Makiah Johnson, Michael Johnson, Delany Meyer, Ilsey Moon, Sabrina Walden, Sasha Walden: backing vocals
London Symphony Orchestra: orchestra
Stevie Wonder: harmonica ("Only Our Hearts")
Eric Clapton: lead guitar ("My Valentine")
- Produced, arranged, and mixed by Tommy LiPuma
- Engineered by Al Schmitt
- Art direction: Jonathan Schofield
- Artwork: Matthew Cooper
- Photographs: Mary McCartney
- Taste is not always a given with McCartney, but recording with this band and producer was the perfect idea.
- Paul's gift for melody and warmth makes this a pretty good fit, at least in theory.
- Paul's never been a jazz singer, and his voice seems to be getting rough around the edges as he approaches his 70th.
- The two new songs are, go figure, a mixed bag.
- His song selection is as emotionally skin-deep as some of his solo originals, and he hasn't really done anything with them.
So it's not surprising that he's finally delivered a full album of romantic vocal standards, and, because he never misses a trick, doing so just in time for Valentine's Day. How much you enjoy "Kisses on the Bottom" -- and don't think he doesn't know the naughty pun he's making by taking Fats Waller's words out of context -- depends on whether you like Sir Paul for his tender or his experimental side. Focus has always been one of Macca's weak points, but here it he does it right, settling in with Diana Krall's band and recording these dozen tracks simply and sparely. Not only does he not gild this particular lily, he adds two new tracks of his own in the same exact vein: "My Valentine" and "Only Our Hearts."