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Mr. McCartney gives his tenor a break with “Kisses on the Bottom,” an easygoing collection of jazz standards and retro-sounding originals that reflect his interest in the Great American Songbook. These songs don’t rock; they shuffle and sway, catering to the softer side of his voice. He sounds comfortable as a result, his mellow mood perfectly mirroring the music itself.

With Diana Krall and her jazz band playing on every song, “Kisses” sounds surprisingly authentic, as though Mr. McCartney grew up singing jazz instead of howling rock ‘n’ roll. There are some missteps, of course — the children’s choir on “The Inch Worm” is a cloying addition, as though Mr. McCartney threw it in to appease his grandkids — but it’s nice to hear the hardest-working Beatle stretch his legs a bit.

Le Voyage Dans La Lune




More than a century ago, French filmmaker Georges Melies single-handled launched the science-fiction movie genre with “Le Voyage Dans La Lune,” a 14-minute silent film. 110 years later, the movie has received a retroactive soundtrack courtesy of Air.

Air previously recorded the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” but scoring a movie so old, so revered, presents a different sort of challenge. Looking to bridge the gap between past and present, Air come up with an odd jumble of genres, from retro-futuristic sci-fi music to electronica to prog-rock. Often, the music perfectly evokes the feeling of being jettisoned into space; other times, it sounds cluttered, as though someone purposely threw a wrench into this spaceship’s engine.

“Cosmic Trip” is the most lunar-sounding song here, thanks to a space-age voice-over and fizzy, effervescent keyboards. Not every song dovetails so neatly with the film’s content, though, and “Le Voyage Dans La Lune” winds up being a somewhat dispensable addition to a movie that, frankly, needs little improvement.