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For what we are about to receive...,
This review is from: As Is Now (Audio CD)
In 2005, a single called "From The Floorboards Up" came out and pairs of loafers danced. A roar of pride. In at number 7. The man had done it and reminded people what he could do. It sounded like Johnny Kidd & The Pirates. It sounded urgent. In the autumn came "Come On/Lets Go" and 2005 sounded good and alive.
"As Is Now" is not a consistent peak across its fourteen tracks. The aforementioned singles are the cream of the album. That is not, however, to say that the rest of the album is poor.
Kicking off with some stodge in "Blink And You'll Miss It" and the lumpen "Paper Smile" you could be forgiven for wandering off. However track 3 comes good with "Come On..."
"Here's The Good News" is charming enough. "Savages" is a belter. "Roll Along Summer" could be "Cafe Bleu" and I mean that in a good way. "The Pebble And The Boy" is a classy piano-led closer that works very well. "The Start Of Forever" doesn't seem to lift much which is a shame as it's not without charm. "Bring Back The Funk Y'All" - yes now the band can play. But they're not The JB's. Nor are they Cymande. But at least they're playing about like this and not stuck in the stodge-rock vein. "All On A Misty Morning" is ok but an image of Weller's loins is one I can live without.
"Pan" on the other hand is quite simply bizarre and sounds like it comes out of failed musical written by Mike Read. Quasi-mysticism and an overwrought tune. No thanks.
Aside from the two lead-off singles there are no tracks here that stand-up with the man's best.
Not a bad album but not the testament of quality that Paul Weller's still capable of.
3/5 for the album. 5/5 for each of the 2 lead off singles.