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Who Brings Joy - not Paul on this new album,
This review is from: Illumination (Audio CD)
Well, when I heard that Paul Weller was to release a new album - tipped to be his best yet I was quite excited. As a keen music lover and Paul Weller fan I have enjoyed his work with The Jam, The Style Council and his solo work (in particular Stanley Road & Wild Wood). Heavy Soul was OK, but Heliocentric was not what I would consider to be anything to shout about. I was hoping this would be a return to form. I was wrong.
The first song 'Going Places' is a fulfillment in audibility of another of Pauls tracks 'Driving Nowhere'. It sets the standard for construction of the tracks - they each start well but I believe Paul may have lost the bite and angst to do anything more than just repeat a mediocre hookline for four minutes. 'A Bullet For Everyone' is just about passable when you dont actually pay attention to it but use it as background. This is the same as 'OnexOne' and 'Standing Out In The Universe'. The single 'It Written In The Stars' starts well but doesnt do anything. 'Bag Man' and 'Now The Night Is Here' are also mediocre; with the whole album taking a weak melodied acoustic tone. By far the best songs on the album are 'Who Brings Joy' 'All Good Books' and the Kelly Jones co-written 'Call Me No. 5'. Maybe Mr Jones was the person that injected fresh blood into the album - on one song. I think that Wellers 'days of speed' may well have finished. After all, 'time passes' and 'Now The Night Is Here'