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Album Review

In many ways, Stanley Road is Wild Wood — Part Two, a continuation of the laidback, soul-inflected rock that dominated his previous albums. Named after the street where he grew up, Stanley Road could be seen as a return to Paul Weller's roots, yet his roots were in The Who and the Kinks, not in Traffic. (At this point, the sound of The Jam matters little in what his music sounds like.) Weller's music has always had R&B roots — the major difference with both Wild Wood and Stanley Road is how much he and his band stretch out. Stanley Road in particular features more jamming than any of his previous work. That doesn't mean he has neglected his songwriting — a handful of Weller classics are scattered throughout the album. Unfortunately, too much of it is spent on drawn-out grooves that are self-conscious about their own authenticity. Still, he has the good sense to revive Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" and invite his disciple Noel Gallagher (Oasis) along to jam.

Customer Reviews

Awesome

Weller's best album. No collection complete without it. No life complete without listening to it. "You Do Something to Me" does exactly what it says on the tin... Totally awesome piece of work.

Absolute Class!!

This 1995 classic LP contains 12 excellent tunes that will capture your heart with pure soul from one of the true music legends of the modern world. This album has the lot!

The Album of the 90's

Stanley Road is without doubt the best solo album of the past 20 years, 12 tracks of equal excellence from the "Modfather" himself. Broken Stones, You do Something to Me, I walk on Gilded Splinters are 3 of Wellers best ever songs and if you think that the rest of the album just fades into the background then you are wrong. A Timeless Cd from a Timeless Legend of Music...!

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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