Single Review – Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney – Only One

When it was announced that Kanye West was working on new material, not many would have guessed that following the likes of Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams and JayZ in working on new material for Kanye would be Sir Paul McCartney. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise considering McCartney’s career and the nature of it. He’s effortlessly graced every generation since the 1960’s, from The Beatles, Wings, duets with Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder to EDM DJ Bloody Beetroots, he’s fronted Nirvana and after scoring several films and a ballet he’s recently scored the Destiny video game. The track ‘Only One’ is a gentle and lapping track by Kanye’s standards and is an intimate and personal track that’s about family close to him from his Mother to his daughter. Such personal and intimate lyrics require music to compliment and respect it them and calling upon McCartney to help capture that was a wise move from Kanye. This is brought about by the soft, nudging organs and a more subtle auto-tune upon his vocal that is a little less ridiculous than it has been in the past. The chorus still gives way to a refined piece of joyousness with McCartney’s electronically charged backing vocal. It’s a close and emotional song, but one that builds up to more happier climbs too. Though his credibility as an out and out musician may always but questioned; Kanye West’s ability to produce a well made and layered track is becoming less questionable.

Single Review – Paul McCartney – Hope For the Future

Paul McCartney continues to upturn any rock he can find for a new project and his latest effort was helping score the soundtrack for the video game Destiny after providing a few samples including a new single ‘Hope For the Future’ which is out today along with a spectacular video. For the single he talked of aiming for a more “cinematic” approach to match the visuals provided by the game. The string sections provide that throughout to vary degrees; from the delicate combinations with acoustic riffs to linking them to crash percussion and well charged guitar solos. The song goes on to fade to Paul’s lone vocal before soaring to a full compliment of instrumentals to only go on to highlight the dramatics of the track. It’s an effective arrangement for McCartney who ensured his well worn vocals were well up to the task as he swapped the synthesizers and guitars of last year for the string orchestras of 2014 and it’s something that he pulled off pretty damn well.