“(Grade: A) "Available Light is an impressive outing. He has talent coursing through every vein in his body... and keep in mind that Available Light is just the beginning. McCartney is surely a talented songwriter, and most everything about his approach to, and execution of, songwriting gives him an 'everyman' feel, which is probably something you wouldn't expect from someone of his lineage. [Available Light] is relatable, it's passionate, and it is applicable to everyday life. Be sure to come onboard for the four original compositions, and stay for the EP’s closer, a tremendously spot-on, picture perfect cover of Neil Young's 'Old Man.' With the glowing narrative that is Available Light it is easy to say that McCartney’s looking exceedingly promising."”
"James McCartney is the son of Sir Paul and seems to carry his musical abilities quite well . . . it is an EP full of depth and emotionally driven harmony."
"Available Light is the debut release from James McCartney . . . Expectations are high—and Available Light does not disappoint. Co-produced by Sir Paul, it is filled with melody-driven, hook-laden tunes that show songwriting and musicianship runs in the family . . . Highly recommended."
"The apple has fallen close to the tree, but what a wonderful tree. It's hard to fault anyone for sounding so sweet and alluring. "My Friend" is a satisfying ballad that builds in energy and excitement. The first single, "Angel," is everything a pop single should be: quick, catchy and filled with attractive textures. "Denial" is the futuristic track, with drones and dense instrumentation taking the McCartney franchise into the 21st century."
"James has inherited his father's musical gifts and more: he plays several instruments including bass guitar, mandolin, and piano. But the sound is not so Paul-like. James's voice is a little higher, and his multi-layered guitars have a feel of Matthew Sweet. It's not easy doing this sort of thing; in fact, it's down right brave."
"With conviction like his, James McCartney doesn't have to convince anybody of anything. Just a few seconds into "Angel," the opening cut of his new EP, Available Light, it's clear to all with ears that his hooks are heroic. And they're his."