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Former Jam and Style Council leader Paul Weller has begun experiencing a creative renaissance since breaking 50. 22 Dreams brought him back into relevancy and Wake Up the Nation is a powerful and diverse collection of songs that shoots in all directions. His reunion with the Jam’s bassist Bruce Foxton for the mod-paced “Fast Car/Slow Traffic” (at under two minutes) is as rewarding as his Roy Orbison-styled “No Tears to Cry” or his unlikely pairing with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields for “7 & 3 Is the Strikers Name.” The keyboard-led instrumental “In Amsterdam” strikes a note of nostalgia for an unspecified time. “She Speaks” loses itself in a whirlwind of piano and polyrhythms that suggest Weller could turn himself into the most unlikely of world music practitioners should he care to switch careers. “Aim High” breaks into a psychedelic funk. “Trees” adds a New Orleans gumbo piano for a sudden shot at rhythm & blues. Weller’s creating a third career with equally convincing intensity.

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Nominated for the Uk Mercury Award, Weller storms back into the spotlight with a fabulous eclectic mixture of several genres. Bristling with energy, he shows age cannot dim a natural talent, and demonstrates a hunger for writing great songs that 'rock' the house.
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Born: May 25, 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As the leader of the Jam, Paul Weller fronted the most popular British band of the punk era, influencing legions of English rockers ranging from his mod revival contemporaries to the Smiths in the '80s and Oasis in the '90s. During the final days of the Jam, he developed a fascination with Motown and soul, which led him to form the sophisti-pop group the Style Council in 1983. As the Style Council's career progressed, Weller's interest in soul developed into an infatuation with jazz-pop and house...
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