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Modern Classics; the title said it all, really. A little tongue in cheek, perhaps, but he had a point. In just eight years as a solo artist, Paul Weller had created a body of work that not only matched the very best of his previous groups’ output, but also put him toe to toe – and frequently head and shoulders above – the crop of new bands claiming him as a hero. He’d ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Weller Store

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  • Audio Cassette (20 Jun 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000001E9X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 2001
Format: Audio CD
To follow the multi-platinum success of the Stanley Road album, Weller strips back the production and takes his groove ridden angst to another new place. No compromise for chart action here.
It's rumoured he was wrestling with personal demons while making the album and with the angry guitar slashes and impassioned vocals of the opening eponymous track and the rocking single "Peacock Suit", you can feel it. They really bristle with energy and vibes.
In much the same way as his towering stage presence, a lot of Weller's recorded work has an astonishing physicality. His songs seem to squirm and push at the edges with real dynamic force.
However the standout Track on Heavy Soul is "Up In Suze's Room", a smokey, hazy accoustic lope of a song which sees the protagonist getting wasted with his new love and loving it. Achingly fabulous.
By this artist's impeccably high standards though, there are a couple of songs which don't really come across to the listener: "Heavy Soul II" is infuriatingly faded in as a stand alone instrumental. "Brushed" has a great voodoo groove and more of that sinewy dynamism but is never as exciting as the first four bars promise. "As You Lean Into The Light" lacks the warmth of Weller's usual sincerity and he sounds detatched and maudlin.
Still, a fascinating album by this finest of singer songwriters and a worthy companion to this year's standout "Heliocentric" collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harlow Guthrie on 21 Oct 2005
Format: Audio CD
....and I just can't get bored with it. An exellent album from Paul Weller. As usual an eclectic range of excellent songs from a very underrated performer. This man has got soul. He can get you rocking along with him one moment and then touch you with the sincerity of a wonderful ballad. He displays how he is influenced by many types of music - rock, soul, dub reggae,mod. Buy and enjoy for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ModdyBoy67 on 4 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
I've been best mates with my best mate(dur!...obviously!) for over 25 years. He got this album before me, and when he remarked to me that it was "obvious filler", we fell out, and he had to buy me several pints before I would speak to him again.

I really like it. It oozes class. Right from the opening riffs of Heavy Soul Part I through to Friday Street. The tracks that will live forever are obvious...Peacock Suit, Brushed and Friday Street, but there are other unforgettable songs in between, too.

Who else gives you a dozen anthems every time you buy one of his albums?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Pete on 10 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I really don't get people's downer on this album. I really love it and find it sits beautifully alongside Paul's debut (which was itself royally put down for many years), Wildwood and Stanley Road. Real music, depth, and really warm sounds that I've loved ever since I first heard it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. NAKONECZNYJ on 28 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Have been a big fan of Paul Weller for years, but realised I didn't have all his albums, so decided to start a collection (will be seeing him in December in concert)

Loved this album, every one of his albums is different, but this was definitely more "soulful" than some of his others, and would highly recommend it.
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