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Album Review

The Style Council's albums were always weighed down by their far-reaching musical ambitions, which meant that their ideas were usually best heard on their singles. And while this period of Paul Weller's career has been criticized heavily, he wrote several excellent songs during the Style Council, most of which are featured on the fine compilation The Singular Adventures of the Style Council. Not all of the 16 songs are first-rate, as it begins to lose steam toward the end of the band's life, but "My Ever Changing Moods," "You're the Best Thing," "Long Hot Summer," "Shout to the Top!," "A Solid Bond in Your Heart," "Money Go Round," "Walls Come Tumbling Down," and "Speak Like a Child" are terrific, and make the collection worthwhile for fans of the Jam and Weller's solo career, as well as fans of New Romantic new wave and jazzy sophisti-pop.

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The 'Style' of The Style Council

After the first time I heard "My Ever Changing Moods" I ran out, bought the single and played it to death! When I got around to the rest of the 'album' ( I still have the vinyl) I was not disappointed. From start to finish Style Council leaves its mark. The cool jazzy sounds on 'Have You Ever Had It Blue' to the pop beat of 'Speak Like a Child'. All the radio hits are here, but the gems are the ones that the radio never played or hardly ever played. "How She Threw It All Away" is one of my TSC favorites. Not only did the music sound jazzy and cool, but the lyrics of Paul Weller are fantastic. Whenever I here The Style Council it will remind me of those nights in the 80s getting ready to go out, cool black suit, thin black tie, hat and TSC on the turn table.

Paul channels Curtis Mayfield

As Paul Weller's muse tired of London being the center of his emotionally evocative world, he was drawn west towards Chicago and Curtis Mayfield's post-Impressions funk-filled wanderings. Horn stabs, girl singers, piano, organ, you-name-it, color and shade these TSC tracks, many of whom still evoke late Jam, but the best explore the heart of Sussex soul.

Style Council

I heard this album when I was in college in the 80's-- and lost the lame cassette cartridge I bought at the time. I have been looking for it for *so* long (unbootlegged/not live, etc.). This album is amazing! I can't believe it's here on freakin' iTunes-- I spent a lot of time looking for it in the 90's (apparently the band breakup and rights issues prevented it from being available). Remember, it is the 80's-- but these guys were one of my favs. "A Solid Bond in Your Heart, " "Long Hot Summer (that I first heard in Australia), and of course, "You're The Best Thing" are such great songs. I'm not sure if you're still together, but thanks guys. You were one of the top notch groups of the 80's in my heart.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s

Guitarist/vocalist Paul Weller broke up the Jam, the most popular British band of the early '80s, at the height of their success in 1982 because he was dissatisfied with their musical direction. Weller wanted to incorporate more elements of soul, R&B, and jazz into his songwriting, which is something he felt his punk-oriented bandmates were incapable of performing. In order to pursue this musical direction, he teamed up in 1983 with keyboardist Mick Talbot, a former member of the mod revival...
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