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Ray of Light,
This review is from: Illumination (Audio CD)
Pre-release this was being hyped up as Wellers best solo work yet. While it may take a little while longer, and a few more listens to achieve this accolade, it is certainly a fantastic album.
However, the first couple of times I listened to it, it didn't really grab me. But once it clicks with you, the brilliance of this record becomes clear. To me it sounds like a mix of 'Paul Weller', 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road'. There are certainly the light, pastoral touches that graced 'Wild Wood' in place here, and on tracks like 'A Bullet For Everyone' you can hear elements of 'Stanley Road'.
This album changes paces and styles at will, veering from summer accoustic sounds (Now the Night is Here) to reflective-yet-uplifting (One X One) to blues-rock (Call Me No.5), which creates a very refreshing album.
Stand out tracks are the superb, summery sounding 'It's Written In the Stars', the soaring 'Standing Out In the Universe' and the magnificent title track.
In short, this album isn't dad-rock, or NAM, or any of those annoying tags. This album is a fantastic demonstration of one mans song-writing and playing abilities. This is one of the freshest and best albums I've heard in a long while. Roll on the next album.