Paul McCartney, 79, has spoken about it before. But of course he has to do it again.
McCartney 3, 2, 1
An American musical documentary in six parts
Disney+ premieres Wednesday, August 25
Reggie: Zachary Heinzerling
Med: Paul McCartney, Rick Rubin
Really cheap TV, this is – to the confusion similar to what in the old days was called an “EPK”: an electronic press release sent to journalists and another package to inform them of the latest work of an intellectual artist.
In the case of “McCartney 3, 2, 1,” we are relying on the software title to understand which album we are going to push: Last year’s legend solo album,”McCartney III». Because surely there is not much talk about Paul the new During these three hours.
back right to the Beatles, of course, and “McCartney 3, 2, 1” seems to be taken for granted that everyone knows the chronology The the story. Programs have an impact here and there, emptying the schedule, with the help of archive recordings and above all music.
Arranging couldn’t be easier: McCartney and the record producer Rick Robin He stands in a room with a mixing desk, a piano, and a stack of old tape cassettes close at hand. The picture is black and white. Robin works as a DJ and puts on old gold on a whim, pulls a bit on the mixing levers and makes Maka speak genius lines. They are of course worth talking about.
Robin asks open-ended, almost childlike questions. He has been trained on the interesting podcast “Broken Record”, where he acts like a Buddha: you see him in front of you, sitting in a lotus position on the floor, chanting “Wow”, “Beautiful” and “Amazing”.
Even here too. Robin really has the style of a California cult leader in 1972: Santa’s long white hair on the sides, nothing on the top, a big beard, and a T-shirt and shorts. I’m also afraid he’s standing there barefoot.
McCartney is the charity itself, and he’s clearly proud of it life workand do not rot Such as He often refers to the rehearsed phrases (“We were a good little band!”) often referred to in interviews over the past 20 years.
Singles and wings are occasionally brought up for discussion (“Live and Let Die”, “Band on the Run”). Yes, one or two George– And John– Rich too. Maka is interested in bragging about his deceased old teammates, but mostly talks about his own efforts in their songs. Not least the wonderful bass playing, which Robin is understandably addictive.
The end result is likely between two chairs: three hours of heavily nerd focus probably designed mostly for the usually interested, and very little being put on the market for those who are too deep into this music to learn something.
But listen. No living composer has contributed more to the sum of human happiness than Paul McCartney. Anything documenting how he did what he did should be welcomed, even if it was for the ninth time.
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