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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastley underrated second album from the woking youngsters., 17 Jan 2001
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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 City", they must have fell upon deaf ears as there at least half a dozen instant classics on this record, if not the whole album. The title track and "Standards" are powerful, stomping arrogant punk anthems that really hits the spots. "London traffic" is fast and frantic, much unlike the subject matter. If the likes of "Life from a window", were released by Oasis, or Travis would probably be hailed as an all time classic and would almost certainly hit number one. Make no mistake; if you believe what the critics say, and don't buy this album, then you'll be deprived of some of the greatest songs ever written by paul weller, or for that matter, anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice jumper and a cleaned up version of a classic album, 1 Jun 2013
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I need you (for completeness) - nothing special, just a good digital version of a 'must have' album.
If you loved the Jam you've probably already got this and if you didn't then you are not going to buy it now.
Worth every penny to re-visit this album and my youth! As close as the Jam got on vinyl to their live set and that is how Midnight Hour should be played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jam album of all!, 17 Oct 2012
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Opinion is a strange thing...for me, this album is their best. It's been generally dismissed over the years and I don't know why.
(My least favourite Jam LP is The Gift and Absolute Beginners the worst 45.)
Classics are Standards, Here Comes the Weekend, Life from a Window, Tonight at Noon and I Need You.
I've lived with this Lp since it was released and it still grows on me, so I'd say if you are new to the Jam, get this one...it's as valid as any of the others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love this album, 29 Aug 2013
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D. Norcup "nog" (hemsworth) - See all my reviews
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I hate it when people slag this album off and most have never listened to it I think its a great album lots better than in the city which I do like too but you can feel the change in the music leading up to there third album and masterpeace all mod cons if its so bad how come it still sells well 36 years on
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still getting the buzz!, 15 Nov 2012
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This is by no means my favourite Jam album. It is however my favourite Jam album sleeve!
Nothing can match the buzz you got from the vinyl days of getting a new record home from the shop and putting it on your record player for the first time, but rebuilding your record collection onto modern style CD is pretty close.
Nowadays with more patience for sitting back and listening to the songs it hit home just how good and original this album was.
It has now been played much more than the vinyl version ever was!
Great stuff.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mod Masterpiece, 29 Jan 2003
Always acknowledged as a bit of a weak offering from the Woking wonders at the time, this rush released LP has always been sadly overlooked by Jam fans and almost finished the group during the difficult 1978 period, until All Mod Cons and Tube Station propelled Well & Co into a different league.
This is however a really fantastic Mod album containing some of Weller's finest compositions and representing a giant leap forward from the debut, released only 5 months previously.
Coupled with what to these eyes is the best Jam LP sleeve (check out the fantastic drawings on the vinyl lyric sleeve-unforgivably missing from the CD issue) the songs are tough representations of life in Britain in the late 70's.
Particular favourites follow in sequence on side two: I need you, London Girl, Here comes the weekend. Great songs played to perfection by a bunch of teenagers who created a sound of the times, always with a nod back to the mid sixties, but none the worse for that.
Forget the hype! This album is one of their best. The sight of Bruce Foxton leaping in the air on the back sleeve gives an indication of how electric this band were at this time. All Mod Cons was a masterpiece that made the group and secured Weller's status forever. This record paved the way for that to happen and is it's self a sharp and sussed overlooked cracker.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Often Overlooked Jam Classic, 11 Oct 2003
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Five months on from 'In The City' The Jam released 'This Is A Modern World', seen at the time as rushed and less forceful than the assertive aggressiveness of 'In The City' it has worn the years well.
Strarting off with the powerful 'Modern World' which when taken with the equally searching 'Combine' shows just how good a lyricist Weller was becoming.
Bruce Foxton's then throwaway 'London Traffic' is ironically more topical today than it was then. His most powerful Jam song the slightly disturbing 'Don't Tell Them Your Sane' sits well with Wellers best.
Weller's political position was becoming clearer as exersised in 'Standards' and the astute social commentary of 'In The Street Today', all this sat beside the power pop of 'London Girl' and 'Here Comes The Weekend' and the fine cover of 'In The Midnight Hour'.
All in all it is a good album pointing as it does to even greater things to come.
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards rule ok, 18 Dec 2009
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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