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A wonderful swansong,
By A Customer
This review is from: Confessions Of A Pop Group (Audio CD)
After the pure pop of 'Our Favourite Shop' and the white soul of 'The Cost Of Loving', 'Confessions' marks The Style Council's return to eclecticism. Like 'Cafe Bleu', this is a journey through multiple sounds and styles. Criminally under-recognised at the time, it probably serves as a high water-mark in Weller's ambitiousness as a songwriter -- never again was he to attempt such a complex and varied work as this album. Like all complex works, it is initially challenging to listen to, but ultimately much more rewarding than many of his more 'immediate' works. Not that it's inaccessible -- the pop is still there, in wonderful tunes like 'How She Threw It All Away', 'Why I Went Missing', and 'Changing Of The Guard'. There's also the experimental, with the three-part classical piece 'The Gardener Of Eden' and the acapella 'Story Of Someone's Shoe'. But for me, the true highlights are the lyrics. Weller probably crams more craft and incisive wit into the lyrics of this album than into any of his previous or subsequent works. The title track is a nine-minute funk masterpiece that is the unofficial sequel to TSC's second single, 'Money go Round', and the preview single from this album 'Life At A Top People's Health Farm' is a cutting observation of the temptations to sell-out in late-80s Britain. Ultimately, its lack of commercial success forced Weller in a different direction. Thankfully though, we have this wonderful testament to how good The Style Council were -- a truly creative duo's final hurrah.