Ahh, romance. It will certainly be in the air when Sir Paul McCartney releases his brand new album titled ‘My Valentine’ on Feb. 7 via the Concord/Hear Music label.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the album will feature romantic ballads — originals and covers — rooted in the sounds of days gone by. McCartney described the album to Direct Current as such: “This will sound like the years between 1920-1940,” he said, ”these are songs I heard. My family, my uncles, everybody sang.”
Last spring, McCartney talked to Rolling Stone about wanting to do a ‘pop standards’ type album saying, “I’ve wanted to do that kind of thing forever, since the Beatle days.”
Hoping to avoid what he called “doing a Rod” (referring to Rod Stewart‘s saccharine string of standards albums), Paul has written several new songs, in that vintage style, for inclusion on the album. Summing up his new work, Paul said “This is very tender, very intimate. This is an album you listen to at home after work, with a glass of wine or a cup of tea.”
‘My Valentine’ was produced by Tommy LiPuma and features jazz vocalist and pianist Diana Krall (also known as Mrs. Elvis Costello.)
And if that ain’t enough sharing the love, on Feb. 10, Paul will be honored as MusiCares Person Of The Year as part of the annual fundraiser hosted by The Recording Academy prior to the 2012 Grammys.