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Heliocentric [CD]

Paul Weller Audio CD
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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 CD (10 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B00004SD3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,481 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. There Is No Drinking, After You're Dead 5:240.99  Buy MP3 
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It's a curious dichotomy: long one of rock's most literate songwriters, Paul Weller's always been at his best when it sounds like he's just knocked a song out. Whether with the Jam, the Style Council, or on his own, the Modfather's most pleasing tunes are his most natural. Think "In the City", think "You're The Best Thing", think "Wild Wood" or "Uh Huh Oh Yeh" or "Into Tomorrow"--and try not to think too much about the times when it sounds like he's been crafting a song for ages. That's the biggest problem with Heliocentric, a (don't say it!) ambitious album that features string arrangements by Robert Kirby (who has also worked with Nick Drake, the Strawbs and Elton John) and a drum solo (the horror!) on "Picking Up Sticks". That's not to say that there's not a lot to like on the album--there is, particularly the slow-burn tenderness of "Dust and Rocks" and the back-to-basics love song "Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea". On Wild Wood, Weller asked "Has My Fire Really Gone Out"?; on Heliocentric, he shows that it still burns, just not as bright. --Randy Silver

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PAUL WELLER Heliocentric (2000 UK 10-track CD album the fifth studio outing from the Modfather. Features the singles Sweet Pea My Sweet Pea and Hes The Keeper. Includes a picture sleeve booklet with lyrics CID8093)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Certainly Is The Centre! 31 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Paul has always had a solo obsession with the sun. Here it has illuminated him into a much needed change of direction after the raucous Heavy Soul. It's better produced, better thought out, and better played, as if to compensate the sometimes jarring aspects of it's rough and ready predecessor. More laid back and accoustic, but nevertheless essential, Heliocentric is a shining example of the man with his back against the wall, coming up with the goods.
Not that there isn't time for rocking out. There's No Drinking After You're Dead leaps out of the speakers like nothing heard from Paul in the last twenty years. He's The Keeper is a tad slower, but never fails to grab the attention, and is well worth checking out live.
TSC rear their head in the beligerent shanty A Whale's Tale, which while upbeat is probably the weakest song on the album. With some fans this competes with Sweet Pea, his ode to his daughter Leah. You either love or hate it. It's quite a nice jaunty little tune, and pleasant enough, but was a mistake as a single. Back in the fire almost goes back to Wild Wood, dreamy and surreal, with almost a touch of hip hop in the production technique. Picking Up Sticks is a great piece of psychadelia, addictive and interspersed with what is more a drum break, than a solo, it benefits from shifting up a gear into a funked up jam at the end.
The real strengths lie in the ballads though. Frightened shows the vulnerable Paul in a way he's not shown before, and it's charming. Dust and Rocks is a high spot, tender and warm, it also boasts what is perhaps the finest outro of Weller's career. With Time and Temperance shows the Nick Drake influence to the full, while exploring the marriage break up yet again. Then there's Loveless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another metomorphosis of the Wellerman! 21 May 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Yet again Mr Weller has shown that he can 'move-on'and produce another excellent album. It took me a good couple of times to appreciate the album for what it is. Really quite mellow, I love it! He just seems to keep on writing excellent songs. He is way ahead of his audience and it is us die hard fans whose ears need to keep up with his ever-changing moods!
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOKING CLASS HERO 16 April 2000
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Heliocentric thankfully still confirms Weller as one of Britains'best songwriters. True,this latest offering does not quite reach the heights of "Wildwood" or Stanley Road", but it's certainly miles better than the patchy "Heavy Soul" album from '97. The three year hiatus seems to have done Weller some good. The tracks "With Time and Temperance" and "Picking up Sticks" are mellow and reflective in their mood, but never dull. "Back in the Fire" shows he has lost none of his lyrical edge, and the brilliantly titled "There's no Drinking after you're Dead" will surely have all fans of The Jam dusting off their old Union Jack Blazers. With each play Heliocentric gets better and reveals more depth with each listen. Special nods must go to the Ocean Colour Scene boys for their contributions and the ever reliable Steve White on drums. As for the "Modfather" himself this album shows him moving away from his traditional R"n"B tinged rock to more acoustic guitar or piano driven songs, which suggests Weller is perhaps writing the music he wants to make rather than what he thinks he should be making. As for those who thinks his fire has really gone out should perhaps catch him on tour in the next few months.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated album 6 Jun 2002
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I have to say that this album is criminally underrated. I have listened to all of Paul's albums through the many different guises he has used, and this is up there with them.
OK, so there are a couple of pretty duff tracks, Sweet Pea and Whales Tale definitely fall into that category, as does the opener, He's the Keeper, but these aside, the album is a winner. The last few tracks, from Time and Temperance onwards are superb, a collage of music with a full string orchestra and electric guitars fused together by Steve White's energetic drumming (never more apparent than on Picking Up Sticks). I would urge anyone in two minds to go for this album without hesitation. Weller has never undergone the kind of artistic crisis that Bob Dylan and Neil Young experienced in the 80s, or Paul McCartney in his 70s Wings days, and this album, along with the rest of his back catalogue confirms that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible - Every Home Should Have One 26 May 2010
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Despite having loved The Jam as a teenager, and admired (loved may be too strong a word) The Style Council as a twenty something finding my way in the world, I'm not really sure why I chose to simply ignore the majority of Paul Weller's solo career (certainly his output following the `Britpop Years' and his 1998 greatest hits anyway) until now. Perhaps it makes sense that now I bear at least some of the characteristics of what the cynical media might term a `typical Weller fan' (a 45 year old Dad who wears inexpensive Lambretta and Ben Sherman clothing to go and do the Tesco shop on a Saturday morning and could, if pushed, recite most of the script of `Quadrophenia' from memory) I should now start catching up with his 21st Century output too.

And so to `Heliocentric' his fifth solo studio album, originally released in 2000. Of all the Weller albums I have been listening to whilst playing catch up over the past few months, Heliocentric has been the most surprising in that (despite many negative reviews I have read, both recent and from the time of its release) it has completely knocked me for six and is, in a word, superb.

Perhaps ten years ago (with `Britpop' as we knew it in the 1990s pretty much dead and buried) this album may have sounded a bit old hat, I don't know, I didn't hear it then, so I can only really go on my reaction to it now, at the start of the summer 2010 and I absolutely love it.

Heliocentric certainly demands a few plays, all the way through and all in one go, before it really starts to weave its magic on the listener. Often slated by detractors as being similarly paced and `plodding' this could not be further from the truth; every song on the album is unique, carefully constructed and beautifully performed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars another great album from weller
what can you say about mr weller!! top top artist!! never does a bad album!! his carrer is amazing and he just gets better!!
Published 16 months ago by john kitching
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF HIS BEST
Forget any negative reviews - this is a FANTASTIC album! Listen to 'There Is No Drinking, After You're Dead' and I defy anyone to say that this guy isn't a true genius. Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by Big Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Heliocentric - Paul Weller
Another great album from Paul Weller, particularly like the 60's feel of this one, every track a masterpiece. Highly recommended :)
Published on 15 Dec 2010 by S. NAKONECZNYJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but.....
If you're expecting Stanley Road all over again then you're in for some disappointment. This isn't Paul's best album by a long way, but there are still some fine songs on... Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2008 by ModdyBoy67
3.0 out of 5 stars Good day sunshine.....
Aside from the opener ("He's The Keeper") which could come from "Heavy Soul", there is a warmth about much of this album lacking from its aforementioned predecessor. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2006 by Merry Terry
1.0 out of 5 stars not wellers best
after all the classic paul weller ive listened to in the past this is a lazy uninspired album.maybe he has nothing left to say against the establishment now being rich and famous? Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2000 by andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars WELL-ONFORM
Heliocentric is one of the best,if not the best album I've bought this year.It is certainly one from the top drawer by the Modfather(The one and only). Read more
Published on 3 July 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker
This is a great album. Soulful, hard, grooving, moving, urgent and biting. Some people have suggested that it is too firmly rooted in the 60's viz. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Cream always rises to the top
Like many others who, on their first listen to this album, thought "Hmmmm... I'm not sure", this album takes a bit of listening to until the quality and class become... Read more
Published on 10 May 2000 by randallsmedley@ukonline.co.uk
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