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Not quite firing on all cylinders....,
This review is from: Catch - Flame [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
There seems no shortage in releases from the Weller camp - box-sets, reissues, compilations and then live albums.
Weller's "Days Of Speed" was a stunning live album, its acoustic (in the main) setting allowed the strength of songwriting to come through.
Here we have the full live band. There is no doubting the excellent, virtuoso drumming of Steve White and the overall tightness of the band. Steve Cradock for all his backward looking is a fine guitarist and the sound here is accomplished. The songs are mostly fine as well, which is what you'd expect.
Where this album comes apart a little is the tedious extended guitar solos. A 10 minute version of The Jam's "In The Crowd" is self-indulgent and mind-numbing. Weller and Cradock might know their frets but they can't play good enough to keep me interested for that length of time.
Where this album works well is on live versions of "Broken Stones" (always a pleasure to hear), the recent excellent single "Come On/Lets Go" and on the evergeen "That's Entertainment" and "Town Called Malice."
Chuggers like "Blink And You'll Miss It" are best forgotten.
A fine live performance, a reasonable live album with a handful of excellent live renditions.
The wider question is does the man need to find another gear? Another facet? Quite possibly.