"Everybody's busy doing better than me/And I can see why it is/They got someone setting them free," Paul McCartney sings three songs into his buoyant, ultra-melodic new album. He then adds, "Could you be that person for me?" The lyric is likely addressing his new wife, but could just as easily be regarding producers Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson and Giles Martin, who inject some much-needed energy and edge into McCartney's music.

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