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Good day sunshine.....,
This review is from: Heliocentric (Audio CD)
Aside from the opener ("He's The Keeper") which could come from "Heavy Soul", there is a warmth about much of this album lacking from its aforementioned predecessor.
The songwriting chops are still in evidence. "Dust & Rocks" is an un-hailed classic which even at some length does not out-stay its welcome.
Robert Kirby adds some charming string-touches that compliment the quality of Weller's songwriting. "With Time And Temperance" is a key example of this.
We know full well that Steve White is a virtuoso drummer. To give the man a drum solo on the decent-enough "Picking Up Sticks" sounds impressive but does not make for cohesion on what feels at times like quite a tentative album.
The closer - "Loveless" - is stunning and is a reminder of the talent of the man and his music.
However what undermines this album is the charming but inconsequential "Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea" (nice to write songs for your kids but keep them to yourself, maestro) and the lumpen "He's The Keeper" which is chugging muso-rock by numbers unfortunately - given its aim as a tribute to the wonderful Ronnie Lane.
However, there's enough on this album to make it well worth a purchase.