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5.0 out of 5 stars Vastley underrated second album from the woking youngsters.
When people talk about classic Jam albums, the names "All cod cons, and "Setting sons" are invariably mentioned. however, few people list "This is the modern world" on the top of their pile, and it is an injustice that cannot be overstated. Although people criticised "The modern world" for its lack of progression from "In the...
Published on 17 Jan. 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars modern World
the best album. Only bought becuase I was collecting Jam albums, woukd not recommend to folk who do not like The Jam or Paul Weller.
Published on 23 Mar. 2013 by Kangie


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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Life From a Window, 19 Dec. 2008
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The Jam's second album suffers from similar draw-backs to their thrashy debut in that its songs, while generally slightly more consistent, sound as if they've been laid down much too soon.
There's exuberant ideas bustling here, which if patiently allowed to find their own way, would've finished up much better appreciated and elevated than they are now.

This what happens when greedy music majors pay huge advances to a young/unready pop-band and try to start recouping immediately.

All that said, 'This Is The Modern World' includes some top drawer Jam songs: 'I Need You (For Some-one)', 'Here Comes the Weekend' and 'Tonight at Noon' are three of Weller's best reflective ballads and his Keith Moon tribute: 'Life From a Window' is possibly his finest 4 minutes as a songwriter.

There's a couple of distant clunkers but generally 'This Is The Modern World' is an improvement on 'In The City', while still tilling familiar, albeit less stony and undisturbed land.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards rule ok, 18 Dec. 2009
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This album covers a right variety of Paul Wellers musical moods.
Anger & Frustration - tracks 1,3,7
Observation - tracks 4,5,8
Teenage Adrenaline - track 10
Love & Longing - tracks 9, 11

These 9 songs pour out a torrent of teenage emotions that are so powerful you can feel Wellers mood swings as he grapples with what it is to be young.
The music is sometimes punky almost live sounding (In The Street Today), sometimes melodic and studio layered (Life From A Window) but always with Wellers passionate vocals, Foxtons melodic bass & Bucklers machine gun burst drum rolls.

Some folk say the album is a bit weak and it's true that Tracks 2,6 (sorry Bruce) & track 12 do not stand up next to the Weller compositions, but I think this album captures the transition between In the City & All Mod Cons really well & if you like either of those 2 albums then make sure you get this one too.

A great album & very underrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not as bad as all that!!, 10 Dec. 2007
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in my opinion and several others this album is pretty good,it was slated by the music press and critics,why?ok its not got the raw energy as in the city but theres some good tracks on here,the fantastic"in the street today,standards,here comes the weekend and the modern world to name but a few,an overlooked album that goes undeserved...go on buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cd, 10 April 2015
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Mar. 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars modern World, 23 Mar. 2013
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the best album. Only bought becuase I was collecting Jam albums, woukd not recommend to folk who do not like The Jam or Paul Weller.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars the worst of their 6 studio albums, 22 Sept. 2004
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Although this is a reasonable album and contains some excellent tracks, notably modern world and standards, it does lack the consistency of the other 5 studio albums. The album is spoiled by a few lame tracks such as London girl and the embarassing London Traffic. If you're looking to get into the Jam buy the other 5 studio albums first in whichever order you wish.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A leper with halitosis., 13 Aug. 2010
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After the success of their debut album, The Jam decided to capitalise on the buzz by quickly creating some new product. A couple of months after the In the City album went top 20, the band released a brand new single called "All Around the World". Their ploy worked and the hype surrounding The Jam helped "All Around the World" reach number 13 in the charts. Nevertheless, the track was well below par and remains one of the band's most forgettable singles. No doubt pleased with the tracks high chart placing, the band pushed forward with the plan to quickly record and release a follow-up album. This is the Modern World was completed and released before the end of the year, their second full length album of 1977 but it has the unfortunate but correct reputation of being a leper with halitosis.

Oh dear. After the surge of energy that was 'In the City', The Jam committed the cardinal sin of rushing out their second album within 6 months. Biggest culprit isn't so much the songs, although most are pretty average, rather it is the drab pub rock production which leaves the material without a leg to stand on. This one really could have ended a career that hadn't even started. Luckily that wasn't to be the case. Their first two albums are by far their weakest. Although there are couple of bacons hidden amongst the dross 'The Modern World', 'Standards' & 'Life From A Window'. Everything else is forgettable, the songs reek of having been quickly concocted under pressure, and are beyond redemption through any studio trickery.

The most noteworthy thing about This is the Modern World is the stylistic shift in The Jam's approach. The Punk element that was fairly prominent on In the City had been toned down significantly in favour of a stronger 60s influence.
While this would quickly prove an extremely fruitful direction for the band, here it is allied to such underwritten, rushed out songs that back in 1977 it seemed as if The Jam were losing their way. It could be argued that this is the Modern World showed an early, albeit embryonic, departure from the raucous 'punk/Who' energies of the first album (In The City). Wellers song writing began to show a imperfect yet new depth and tenderness which would bear fruit on the next album, the much lauded All Mod Cons. The Jam were lucky not tohave been dropped. The Jam were a band that 'grew' with every release.

It was an album made under pressure and in parts it sounds it, but it does have some value and that lies in what it points to, Weller the young songwriter and the major creative force within The Jam. Weller is angry and full of rage on this album but in a confused manner. The record feels rushed and cynically so the songs don't hold up both musically and lyrically. These tunes may not have had the sophistication that some had hoped for nor indeed the sheer unbridled energy of the debut album but as slices of social observation from a fairly disaffected youth they sort of serve their purpose.

The majority of Paul Weller's songs are weak and forgettable while Bruce Foxton's songs really are as bad as you've probably heard. This might be the reason Foxton's presence disappeared on subsequent recordings apart from the excellent Smithers Jones found on All Mod Cons or perhaps he was just undermined by Weller and Son. After all it was Paul's father who pulled out all the stops to ensure his son got what he wanted.

You only really need this if you're a Jam Fan otherwise it will give you a somewhat false introduction to the real Jam sound.

Forever relevant as much as it was in 1977 perhaps more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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"We make the standards and we make the rules and if you don't abide by them you must be a fool, we have the power to control the whole land, you never must question our motives or plans, 'cause we'll outlaw your voices, do anything we want, we've nothing to fear from the nation, we'll kick you out you're house if you get too much and if we have to we'll destroy your generation...'

Three Stars, because its bad but not terible and without this we would not have the Jam we Love
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