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Who Loves A Mod In Sane..Too short and not sweet enough....Weller tests us further with a collection of should have been B sides,
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This review is from: Wake Up The Nation (Audio CD)
THE BEST SINCE STANLEY ROAD /WILDWOOD!!!...how sick of hearing that are we ...lets be honest this is a very experimental album only time can possibly tell if this will be as listenable in 10 years time will his set list have many of thse on the next tour...doubtfull.
Theres some superb stuff on here but most are brief sketches and soundscapes time has moved on and he is taking us further now into a place we have only seen briefly before in his sprawling career .Lets face it he could play safe by banging out wildwood and stanley road material forever ,few performers can afford to experiment. Unlike the last album the singles have been strong with 7&3 being a brave move and a good pointer of this forthcoming set.
Weller's last album was a sprawling double album which could be described as his 'white' album and took a hell of a listening effort and divided fans , i enjoyed the more experimental pieces which tested concert going fans on the tour. This set continues the experiments , Its a patchy collection with some absolute storming tracks and some which have slipped through the quality radar. There are many superb ideas on here but non stay around long enough most sound clipped off and like a bunch of 'demo's its brave for him to push his music further but at the expense of a decent hook and some sound like should have been b sides which distracts from the 'tasty' stuff. It makes the perfect partner to the last album and would have made a fantastic give away with it but as a stand alone it too short and songs not lengthy enough.
His collaboration with old mate Foxton being a mooted case in point, it has an incredible start nips into a piano break from aladdin sane them ends!!! What!! surely this is some kind of mistake such a cracking song should have carried on? is this a tease???
The single No Tears To Cry is unlike the rest of the material and sticks out like a sore thumb its a classic very 'safe' Weller he could do Northern soul style stuff all day and although its great i like to hear him going out on a limb.
The Bowie influence is to the fore here with frantic piano snatches throughout ,echoes of alladin sane's Mike Garson style, it shows how far Weller's own taste has come. Influenced by an artist he once had no time for , perhaps time and distance from the material has opened his blinkered eyes much to our reward.
How these sound live will be interesting i cannot imagine some of them and how they sound with the rest of the set ?
Brave stuff from a major musician but the interesting material is simply not long enough were these expanded we would be listening to a classic.6/10.