Jan. 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM ET
Paul McCartney's upcoming album has a track listing, a release date (Feb. 7) and a divisive title, "Kisses on the Bottom," according to Reuters.
Now, before that title starts getting taken out of context, it's worth knowing that the album will be a collection of (mostly) standards, including the 1935 Fats Waller track, "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself A Letter," which includes in a lyric a reference to the Xs and Os a person sends at the end of a letter: "I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter, and make believe it came from you / I'm gonna write words oh so sweet / They're gonna knock me off of my feet / A lot of kisses on the bottom, I'll be glad I got 'em."
The album title is getting a little flack from the British press. NME music magazine created a "50 Worst Album Titles in History" list in its honor (other entries included REO Speedwagon's "You Can Tune a Piano but You Can't Tuna Fish" and Charlotte Church's "Tissues and Issues").
Undoubtedly, McCartney has weathered worse in his career. And in any case, he doesn't have time to worry, because the new album is getting some very special treatment, according to Showbiz 411 -- a TV special taped in Hollywood during Grammy week. The site also reports that McCartney will sing an original new track from the album, "My Valentine," on the Grammys on Feb. 12. (Another original track on the release is "Only Our Hearts," which features Stevie Wonder on harmonica.)
The album currently has 14 songs on it, but a deluxe CD will feature two bonus tracks ("Baby's Request" and "My One and Only Love") as well as access to a download of a live show and special packaging, according to the musician's website. And for those interested in the cover art? McCartney is keeping it all in the family: His daughter took the picture of him holding a large bouquet of flowers that adorns the album's front.
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