Rejuvenated Weller Serves a Near Ace...,
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This review is from: Illumination (+Bonus) (Audio CD)
After having much fun getting comfortable with his back catalogue (after years of Jam denial!) on the solo acoustic tour, Paul Weller gets down to business. Illumination is a thoughtfully crafted piece of work, with many textures. Quite an upbeat slant runs through - check out the confident march of 'Going Places', Jericho trumpets on 'It's Written In The Stars', the dedication to his child 'Who Brings Joy' that means it while managing not to be a mawkish filler, etc. A good mix of rockers (A Bullet for Everyone', 'Call Me No. 5') and balladry (Leafy Mysteries, One X One, Bagman), nodding back to the Wildwood days but not retreading material in a redundant way.
Weller is good value for B-sides. The import version throws in two rockers, 'Horseshoe Drama' and 'Talisman', for good value.