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Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller

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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.

Customer Reviews

Genius

Everything he's ever done on one album, and then some. These are some of the best songs he's ever written, and keep moving forward as always. At 53, he's still miles ahead of anyone else in the charts. So sad he won't get the attention he deserves over here...

Few more listens

Like Paul Weller's last 2 LP's it takes a few listens to totally grasp his artistry. During his Style Council phase and early solo work the songs were crafted in a more traditional sense whether infused with R&B or rock elements. The songs were catchy, melodic and soulful which made for easy listening and you were soon humming the songs to yourself after a few listens. Paul Weller's new electronica direction creates a more complex musical journey with unusual layering of vocals and instrumentation. In preparation to see the Modfather live in New York in May I will immerse myself in this new release in order to maximize the pleasure of seeing this musical icon present his latest work. Can't wait!

The Stylist
April 4, 2012

Not good!!!

Paul needs to get back to his soulfull funky side..This is CRAP

Biography

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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