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Illumination (+Bonus) [Import]

Paul Weller Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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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 (29 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japanese Import
  • ASIN: B00006C1S7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,335,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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After Paul's patchy last 2 albums, namely 1997's soulless "Heavy Soul" and 2000's moody 'Heliocentric,' I was expecting more of the same with 'Illumination' just being another flashy title to sell another run of the mill album. Fortunately, I have been spectacularly proved wrong. Maybe all his touring since after the 'Heliocentric' album has brought back his inspiration. The first thing the listener notices is the improved production. Brendan Lynch has been dropped and although his production was amazing on 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road' it soon became repetitive and unfocused on 'Heavy Soul' and 'Heliocentric.' Paul has produced himself with some help on some tracks from Simon Dine. The instruments are all beautifully clear and this allows the melody to shine in each song. There are 13 tracks and each deserves its place on the album. The opener, 'Going Places', is one of a number of acoustic delights. Other acoustic type songs include the lush 'Leafy Mysteries,' 'Who Brings Joy,' 'All Good Books' and the closer 'Illumination.' They are all as good as anything on Wild Wood. This album also has a better balance then the previous two as there are some rockers as well such as 'A Bullet For Everyone' and 'Call Me No.5.' 'It's Written in the Stars' is clearly Paul's best single since 1996's Peacock Suit. 'Now the Night is Here' and 'Standing Out in the Universe' are also spectacular songs. The main thing with this album though is that it as many have already stated the title does ring true. It is Paul's happiest album and so much better then the previous two which were the work of an unhappy, moody man entering his 40s. It is definitely already on par with Stanley Road and only time will tell if it is his best album but it certainly could be even better than Wild Wood due to it's superb songwriting and warm atmosphere. Do buy it it is one of the best albums of the year and it will "illuminate" those dark autumn and winter evenings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray of Light 29 Oct 2002
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Pre-release this was being hyped up as Wellers best solo work yet. While it may take a little while longer, and a few more listens to achieve this accolade, it is certainly a fantastic album.
However, the first couple of times I listened to it, it didn't really grab me. But once it clicks with you, the brilliance of this record becomes clear. To me it sounds like a mix of 'Paul Weller', 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road'. There are certainly the light, pastoral touches that graced 'Wild Wood' in place here, and on tracks like 'A Bullet For Everyone' you can hear elements of 'Stanley Road'.
This album changes paces and styles at will, veering from summer accoustic sounds (Now the Night is Here) to reflective-yet-uplifting (One X One) to blues-rock (Call Me No.5), which creates a very refreshing album.
Stand out tracks are the superb, summery sounding 'It's Written In the Stars', the soaring 'Standing Out In the Universe' and the magnificent title track.
In short, this album isn't dad-rock, or NAM, or any of those annoying tags. This album is a fantastic demonstration of one mans song-writing and playing abilities. This is one of the freshest and best albums I've heard in a long while. Roll on the next album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Weller is maturing like a fine wine... 28 May 2003
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Illumination is a good title for this LP, as the mood is lighter and the production crisper than on his last LP, Helioentric, which sounded in parts like the work of an unhappy man who’d just hit 40. In fact, Illumination is the most up-beat and positive LP Weller has crafted since his solo debut. Much of the angsty griping of yore has been replaced by songs of celebration (Who Brings Joy, It’s Written in the Stars), wonderment (Leafy Mysteries), and love (Now the Night is Here). There are plenty of good tunes, and a mood piece (yes, a mood piece).
Stomping gripe-rock numbers get a rare look-in in the forms of ‘A Bullet for Everyone’ and ‘Call me No.5’. But these songs now sound a bit retro-macho, whereas five years ago they wouldn’t have. He continues to mature, like all of us, and so, on the rest of the album Paul Weller sounds mellower, writing more from the heart. In doing so he sounds authentic, contemporary, and soulful. As with all Paul Weller albums, there are some great musical moments, nay, events, within great songs. For example, the swirling, descending strings in the coda of ‘Now the Night is Here’ flip an impassioned love song within seconds into a nightmarish existential question. Minimalist brilliance.
Paul Weller is also singing better than ever. He has a truly great voice, something which never grabbed me so forcefully before this album. If you are passionate about great songwriting and artistry expressed within the rock and similar idioms, then I would unhesitatingly recommend this LP.
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Illumination casued more consternation amongfst fans than just about any other album he's worked on. First of all was the wait, two years was the standard waiting time, but the Weller camp had been unusually quiet about it. Then in a blaze of publicity it came; festival shows given over to the new work, taxis playing the music exclusively, and positive advance reviews. Several things had changed; firstly Brendan Lynch was no longer behind the mixing desk for the first time, the album was mainly just Weller and long time drummer Steve White, and after the dark spiky revious two albums the joyous nature of the songs was like a breath of fresh air. Weller was getting politcal and current in his lyrics at times. In many ways this a precursor to 2008's 22 Dreams, Weller locked in his studio inviting guests in to play on various tracks.

Going Places; the first time a Weller album had opened with a gentle, breezy track, and sounds none the worse for it. A summery accoustic soul ballad about the simple job of being in love.

A Bullet For Everyone; harder edged track about the war and violence that seemed to explode from 9/11, Weller bemoaning the fact that while food is scarce in parts of the world, we have more than enough means to kill everyone on the planet, set to a rocking track whcih borrows liberally from Norman Greenbaum's Spirit In The Sky.

Leafy Mysteries; based on the title of a Postman Pat book apparently! Light accoustic tinged rock with harder edged sections in the instrumentals, backed by OCS friends Minchella and Craddock.

It's Written In The Stars; the lead single made people stop, stand and stare. Happy lyrics? Samples? Was this a solo Weller single?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Illumination
Didn't think much of this album when I first played it but I persevered & now play it all the time, Stick with it, give it a chance you will love it in the end.
Published 2 months ago by skinhead
5.0 out of 5 stars In my opinion up there with Stanley Road
Melodic, inspired and heartfelt lyrics. A soon as I heard We're Going Places I knew this would be one of my favourite albums. I've been raving about it to everyone! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Clare Head
5.0 out of 5 stars weller
i have followed Paul Weller throughout his career. He never disappoints me with any of his music. This album like all the others is brilliant. Read more
Published 23 months ago by mel
3.0 out of 5 stars Come in number six your time is up....
So the man delivers his best single since the days of The Style Council in "It's Written In The Stars. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2006 by Merry Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended
I think this is one of Paul's best solo albums. Many of the tracks are melodic and soulful. Personal favourites are Going Places and Leafy Mysteries, which are very beautiful.
Published on 3 Mar 2006
4.0 out of 5 stars Rejuvenated Weller Serves a Near Ace...
After having much fun getting comfortable with his back catalogue (after years of Jam denial!) on the solo acoustic tour, Paul Weller gets down to business. Read more
Published on 21 April 2003 by Secret Scribe
1.0 out of 5 stars How the mighty have fallen
I'm sorry to have to say this, but Paul Weller has well and truly lost it. I have always been a fan of the man, Wild Wood being my all time favourite album, but this offering is... Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2002 by "lawler53"
3.0 out of 5 stars Who Brings Joy - not Paul on this new album
Well, when I heard that Paul Weller was to release a new album - tipped to be his best yet I was quite excited. Read more
Published on 18 Sep 2002 by Ben
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