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Review: Paul McCartney's 'Something NEW' reveals some, but not too much

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Paul McCartney "Something NEW"


“Something NEW,” the cagily titled (after a Beatles album) documentary on the making of his “NEW” album that premiered on Palladia Dec. 5 is a welcome look at the creative process, but it left McCartney fans wishing for more.

The hourlong show, which will be repeated several more times during the month, tells the now well-known story about how McCartney came to use four producers – Giles Martin, Mark Ronson, Paul Epworth and Ethan Johns – on separate tracks.

The film features comments from each of the producers, McCartney and all of his band members – Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Paul “Wix” Wickens and, especially, Abe Laboriel Jr., who offers the most commentary.

Mark Ronson revealed his work on the album came out of his being disc jockey at McCartney's wedding to Nancy Shevell and how he asked him to call if he decided he wanted to put out some new music. McCartney also said that despite the fact he could probably do anything he wanted he was open to exchanging ideas with each producer.

Abe Laboriel Jr. said McCartney dug deep for the album and cited his new marriage to Nancy Shevell as being the reason. But a lot of what was mentioned in the program had come out in interviews. And if there was one thing we wished the program could have had more of was the songs as works in progress, though there are a few of them, such as Paul playing “Hosanna” on acoustic guitar under a tree.

But “Something NEW” is worth seeing in that it lays out the groundwork for how the album was made, and also talks about how his career co-exists in the studio and on stage. Hopefully, the film will come out on DVD in a longer version that will give a closer look at the music as it was being developed.

It'll be repeated on Palladia at noon ET Sept. 8, 7 p.m. ET Dec. 10, 2 p.m. ET Dec. 12, 2 a.m. ET Dec. 16, 11 p.m. ET Dec. 17 and 3 a.m. ET Dec. 27. It will also air on VH1 Classic at 9 p.m. ET Dec. 13. (Those outside the East Coast should check local listings.)

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