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3.0 out of 5 stars Very dated.......and too much politics, 30 Mar. 2006
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Coming back to this album after a twenty year gap, I have to say it's not as good as I remembered it and it sounds really dated both musically and lyrically.
Weller's songs on 'Our Favourite Shop' rail against the (then) Tory Government, big business, private landlords, racist comedians....oh, and did I mention the Tory government. This subject matter is delivered in a heavy-handed, preachy style. The general tirade is set, somewhat incongruously, against some ironically sunny musical arrangements; a formula that quickly becomes tiresome.
Brass sections and neat, perky string arrangements abound and the overall effect is rather cloying and incredibly dated. For goodness sake, at one point Weller even breaks off into a rant delivered in fluent French. Pretentious, moi?
On the credit side, there are actually a number of good songs trying desperately to rise to the surface on this album, hence the three-star rating. In fact, creatively there is much good material that never quites realises its potential.
In a non-Thatcher era and with less of an eye on style and affectation, this could and should have been a really good album. The truth is that Weller was more focused and direct with the Jam and went on to produce significantly better albums than this as a solo artist, with releases such a 'Wild Wood', 'Stanley Road' and 2005's 'As is now'.
However, in 2006 only Weller fanatics and over-zealous political actvists of the far left will really get anything out of this album.
Not recommended.
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