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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 (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B006B5IFP0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sonik Kicks is the follow up to the Mercury Music Award nominated Wake Up the Nation and Paul Weller’s eleventh solo album. The album includes the track "Around The Lake" and features appearances from the likes of Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon.

BBC Review

Thirty years ago, Paul Weller was number one. The Jam's A Town Called Malice spent three weeks at the top of the charts, its Motown bassline bustling, its finger clicks rustling. Watch its video now, and the 23-year-old at the middle of it has hardly changed in some ways. His Woking vowels are still 'ow's-yer-father; the haircut's still cockatoo-daft. But he sings a line in its first verse that's practically become his motto: "Stop apologising for the things you've never done, because time is short and life is cruel, and it's up to us to change."

Weller has never been a man to look back at his career, in anger or otherwise; time ain't been short for him either, but it seems to have inspired him rather than smothered him. Sonik Kicks, his 11th solo album, is alive with the vitality that implies. Nevertheless, so rapturous has been the reception to his recent LPs – 2008's 22 Dreams and 2010's Mercury Prize-nominated Wake Up the Nation – that's it's almost become a cliché to flag up his return-to-form as something thrillingly adventurous, even avant-garde. But this isn't skronky, dissonant (The) Wire (magazine) music: this is psychedelic, kaleidoscopic pop. It just happens to be made by a man always interested in filtering the past in his own way – and most 53-year-olds don't do that as peculiarly as this.

Sonik Kicks fizzes and spits from its first track, Green, blasting off with a synthesiser that recalls the motorik rhythms of Neu!, as well as the drone that starts The Human League's Love Action. Then we whirl into a world of vocal echoes, garbled lyrics about secret guides and quiet times, and stereo whooshes through the headphones: it's really hard not to be energised. Dragonfly and Around the Lake are similarly propulsive and sci-fi, driven by drumbeats and Joe Meek-friendly sound effects. Then we get into the weirder, instrumental stuff. Sleep of the Serene is like a 1960s B movie curio, full of electronic burbles and strings that get progressively strange. Twilight is 18 seconds of metallic clatter and messing about with sine waves, before Drifters arrives with a shadowy Silver Apples bassline, chunky guitars, and Weller "finding his way back home" as a mysterious voice calls "him on". It's still pop, Paul, but it's not as we know it.

More than anyone, these space-age stylings make you think of David Bowie, of whom Weller's new wife is a huge fan – so much so, she's famously named one of their new twin boys after him. But there are more solid, classic Weller tracks too. That Dangerous Age is particularly funny, a brilliantly self-aware piece of pop about a middle-aged man: "He likes three sugars in his coffee / He wants that chick in the office / He's took to staying up late / He's on a much higher rate." Kling I Klang is slightly less successful, a funny piece of oompah about salty days and vicars’ wives, while When Your Garden's Overgrown could have come from Weller's mid-90s Modfather era. Its chorus, however, still packs a real punch: from A Town Called Malice to here, the man still has an ear for a tune.

The most moving moments, though, are the two big ballads: stunning pastoral epic By the Waters and the mainstream-friendly finale, Be Happy Children. This features Weller's daughter Leah on a chorus, infant son Mac at its end, even a lyric that he's acknowledged as a nod towards his late father ("your daddy's gone, but only for a while"). Weller throws it all in on this record: experiment as far as he can take it, emotion as far as he will allow. To these ears it's a heady, and brilliant, combination.

--Jude Rogers

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Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andy Sweeney TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2012
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Massive Weller fan, as I am, I have to give Paul a huge amount of credit for continuing to expand and explore the limits of his compositional ability and sound. This is a raw, uncompromising album and has divided fans and critics alike. It's a challenging but rewarding album if you give it time and effort. If you're expecting a "Wild Wood" or "Stanley Road", however, you may be sorely disappointed. It's a largely upbeat album, with lots of jarring guitars and attitude and combines much of the influences demonstrated in "22 Dreams" and "Wake Up The Nation" in one roller-coaster package. My favourite tracks are the extremely catchy "That Dangerous Age" and the busy, frenetic, Spanish-flavoured rock waltz, "Drifters". Not the best album Paul has ever released, by any means, but there's something about his willingness to experiment and the bang up to date sound of this album that really appeals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. P. Jennings on 3 Oct. 2012
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I was worried that after the genius re-wiring of the Weller muse on'22 Dreams' and 'Wake Up the Nation' this might be something of a disappointment. Another 'Heliocentric' or something. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Apart from the dreadful cover he doesn't put a beat, chord, riff, or note wrong. More listener friendly explorations into the further reaches of his musical know-how, very much of the quality of the previous two LPs, with extra dub.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul McWilson on 31 Jan. 2013
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After many years of being a Weller fan I think this is the best he has ever made, it's excellent I listen to it an awful lot I have a hard copy CD I have a copy on my Kindle and my phone, Truly EXCELLENT
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carmela Brancati on 26 April 2013
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one of my favorite Weller albums. Some refreshing and catchy tunes to be had! A lovely companion for a long drive!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wooltonian on 24 Jun. 2012
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Originally, I was going to write a fairly lengthy list of negative things about 'Sonik kicks'. I was going to say how too many of the songs are distinctly average by Weller's standards, how most of the album is grossly over-produced with fussy and unecessary sonic (sorry, soniK) embellishments...tape loops, backwards guitars, voice distortion, jarring echo noise and random sound effects, and how unfocussed it all feels musically with too much dabbling in different styles veering from manic high-speed stomps through reggae-on-valium to mawkish ballads.

Here's the thing, though -- I quite like this album. All of the above reservations are true to a greater or lesser extent, but d'you know what? I don't care. The songs are delivered with such conviction and enjoyment and contain so many unexpected little twists, surprise codas, clever instrumental diversions and musical tangents that it keeps your interest piqued more or less from start to finish. It's not his greatest work and the song quality is uneven and noticeably improves in the middle section of the album, but the songs are interesting, engaging and never over-stay their welcome. Weller obviously had a blast recording it and I have enjoyed the last four weeks listening to it.

At some point I would love Weller to strip it all down again, just plug in his guitar and record something straightforward and direct, but in the meantime this will do very nicely. Put aside your expectations of what Weller should and shouldn't be doing (the one star reviews bear witness to this attitude) and just enjoy it for what it is.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Torpedo Bob on 20 Mar. 2012
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A few albums ago I was almost resigned to the fact that Paul Weller was going to be growing old gracefully and turning out consistant, but unsurprising material. Well - I was wrong - and pleasignly so - this album has certainly surprised - right from the word go. The man appears to be warming more towards the experimental days of The Style Council - but thankfully has managed to mix that with the more energetic and up-beat sounds we are used to of solo Weller - so this is really the best of both worlds. Bravo to our man for still having the drive to be inventive - long may it last!
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By tpryan on 1 Sept. 2014
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Weller continues to make great music and isn't afraid to experiment. The dub reggae track on here is particularly memorable. Not much for hard core Jam aficionados but Weller's way beyond that narrow genre now and has been for some time. One of our true greats.
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Old style Style Council remembrance mix easy with a strong new album in which every number stands and has a different atmosphere and sound. Very, very nice ;)
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