It seems ‘cool’ not to like McCartney and I do get it…he’s hyped to the hilt and often falls short of this hype (ask yourself if this is his fault though?).
However, for mastery of melody, I’d argue there are few who can match him.
Here is a good example. The lyrics are nonsensical and more than a touch twee…and yet the melody is one of the most beautiful and effective I’ve ever heard. He makes you care, he moves your soul, and with nothing ‘more’ than the power of the melody.
This one gets me every time, and yet it has nothing to do with the lyrics. That’s an incredible skill that Macca makes sound like the easiest thing in the world.
That’s why he matters, and always will.