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By A Customer
This review is from: Stanley Road (Audio CD)
The third studio album from Paul Weller, released just prior to that unforgettable swealtering hot summer of 1995, is easily the finest LP of his solo career to date. This album was really the consolidation of styles and influences that had began with the man's eponymous album in 1992 and Wild Wood the following year. After this album, Weller opted for out and out dad-rock, which is a shame because that's now become a label with which Mr Weller has been tagged. Sure, there are retro influences here, but not as direct as 1997's Heavy Soul album. Many fans prefer Wild Wood to this album but, although I would agree that album contains some great songs, it's Stanley Road that does it for me. This album simply oozes with class and superbly written songs. The CD also carries many memories for me as a lot of unwelcome things were happening in my life at the time this was released - some of the songs are inspirational (to say the least) and it was this album more than any other that helped me through not only the hottest but for me personally the most difficult summer I can remember. I could listen to this album over and over again, it's an under-rated classic in my opinion. Great album, great songs, ignore the negative reviews - they just don't appreciate quality songwriting. A fine album that will sit happily in ANY collection.