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4.0 out of 5 stars
WOKING CLASS HERO, 16 April 2000
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.