14 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Decades after being touted as one of punk’s original angry young men, Paul Weller is more like a distinguished elder spokesman today. The Modfather turned 60 this year, so it’s appropriate True Meanings reflects the passing of time with introspection and themes of letting go. Those themes are set against some of his most spare, breathtaking arrangements to date—just piano, hollow-body guitars, and a touch of brass and strings. The album marks Weller’s 14th post-Jam and Style Council release in 26 years, and as much as fans clamor for a return to the past (he has repeatedly and forcefully turned down reunions), he seems to address revisiting glory days on “Movin On”: “I’ve got love all around/I don’t need nothing else.” His voice is in excellent form, aged like fine scotch with just a pinch of pepper. “Bowie,” “Wishing Well,” and “Gravity” are up there with “Brand New Start” and “English Rose” as his most personal, revealing work.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Decades after being touted as one of punk’s original angry young men, Paul Weller is more like a distinguished elder spokesman today. The Modfather turned 60 this year, so it’s appropriate True Meanings reflects the passing of time with introspection and themes of letting go. Those themes are set against some of his most spare, breathtaking arrangements to date—just piano, hollow-body guitars, and a touch of brass and strings. The album marks Weller’s 14th post-Jam and Style Council release in 26 years, and as much as fans clamor for a return to the past (he has repeatedly and forcefully turned down reunions), he seems to address revisiting glory days on “Movin On”: “I’ve got love all around/I don’t need nothing else.” His voice is in excellent form, aged like fine scotch with just a pinch of pepper. “Bowie,” “Wishing Well,” and “Gravity” are up there with “Brand New Start” and “English Rose” as his most personal, revealing work.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
TomS. ,

Changingman Reflects

The album has 4 or 5 songs that could go on a PW More More Modern Classics: The Soul Searchers, Mayfly, Gravity, Movin On, and probably Aspects. White Horses is an excellent album closer, too.

That's pretty strong. It has 4 or 5 other really good songs (Glide, What Would He Say?, Old Castles, May Love Travel With You). 4 others that are good album tracks -- you won't skip them but eventually they won't make your PW mixtape 1 or 2.

So, the math says this is like a 4 1/2 star record. Not perfect but close.

Julesab7 ,

Aspects is brilliant....

Can't wait for the new album. Greatest artist of all time.

Kingston Advice ,

Unlistenable

Whether it’s the songwriting, the collaborators, or the production - one thing is sure. If it wasn’t Paul Weller, this thing never sees the light of day. Back to the well. One of the greatest poets and musicians of his time might have more in him - but this ain’t it. Go with John Prine’s brilliant Tree of Forgiveness grim 2018 instead.

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