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Editors’ Notes

With 2008's 22 Dreams, mod icon Paul Weller began a creative rebirth that's led to some of the most experimental material of his career. Always a top-shelf melody man and lyricist, Weller can now add sonic adventurer to his profile. The two-minute instrumental "Sleep of the Serene" is a mix of swooping tones and Mellotron activity that's pure modern psychedelia. That leads into a Mad Men–styled soul ballad ("By the Waters") that retains hints of The Style Council. The club beats and driving modern pop bass line give Weller a luxurious ride for "The Dangerous Age". It's been suggested that this is Weller's response to David Bowie's "Berlin Trilogy" (Low, "Heroes", Lodger), and there's a clear interest here in krautrock motorik rhythms. However, there's also an eclecticism that's difficult to quantify. "Study in Blue" imagines Portishead as a band of extroverts. "Around the Lake" drives down the motorway with a vengeance. "Be Happy Children" caps things off with a space-age soul hymn. Weller sounds refreshingly alive here with ideas and pleasure.

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Marmite

The best thing about music is that it is subjective in it's interpretation and anyone's opinion is valid - I'm a true believer that music can and should mean different things to different people.

My personal opinion of Sonik Kicks is that it is a continuation of Paul Weller's last 2 albums that leaves you undoubtedly finding Weller relative, experimental and at his creative best at times and at his most frustrating at others. You could easily take 15 tracks from the last 3 albums and create a masterpiece - thank goodness for Playlists. Weller fans of old will hate this album because it doesn't conform to his "Modfather" period. The music press will love it as another experimental album where he lets the music take him through several styles.

Sonik Kicks to me is masterful in places - "Around The Lake" is as good a track as he's ever done. "Drifters" and statement making opener "Green" are sonically similar and equally push the boundaries. "Study In Blue" reminds me of the Style Council sound. "The Attic" exudes pure class.

Yet to me it's equally bland in others - "That Dangerous Age" is as poor a "single" as Weller has produced. "By The Waters" and "Be Happy Children" will please the 90's Weller fans but they don't do anything new. The rest are tracks that may grow on me or be consigned to the "skip" tracks on 22 Dreams and Wake Up The Nation, I'm not sure.

And that sums Paul Weller in 2012 up nicely. It all depends on what you want him to be. If you want him to regress to the 90's or push the boundaries then part of Sonik Kicks will appeal to you. If you accept and enjoyed the last 2 albums of mixed fare you'll love this one too.

But find out for yourself, this is just what a middle aged bloke from Nottingham thinks that has grown up with Weller and been hooked since the first time he heard The Jam.

Just great

You can't please everyone all the time unfortunately. So those living in the past of what Mr Weller has done before just need to relax. As for the rest of us we can listen and enjoy. In my opinion this is an a improvement on the last. He's moved forward, embraced a bit of Pink Floyd, psychedelia and come up with something of a gem.

Are you a REAL fan?

Because if you are then a slight change in musical direction should make no difference,in fact,you should be pleased.And that is exactly what Mr Weller has done here,out with the angry rock on previous albums & in with something that could almost come from the alternative scene.
We have a real lack of decent male solo artists & it's very hard to find anyone who's been around for 30 years or more producing albums as good as this.

There comes a time when you can become a complete-ist with a group/artist, buy it just because it has thier name on it, good or bad.We are still a long way from that when it comes to Paul Weller.

Different & very good.

Biography

Born: 25 May 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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