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Sonik Kicks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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
on 3 October 2012
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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 24 June 2012
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
on 20 March 2012
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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on 1 September 2014
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2013
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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on 3 November 2013
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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on 20 November 2013
I really enjoyed sonic kicks. I liked the catchy lyrics the rasping vocals and the huge range of musical sound backing resonant of 22 dreams.
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on 19 March 2013
Paul Weller at his best and bashing out the kind of sounds we have all expected and love in his own distinctive style.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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