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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0009S2G8C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Paul Weller returns with his most hard hitting solo album to date. As Is Now finds Weller plugging in, and turning the volume up louder than he has in years. The first single "From The Floorboards Up" is out now and is 2 minutes 27 seconds of edgy, malevolent rock'n'roll. Possessing the same urgency "In The City" had 29 years ago, it shows Paul Weller rejuvenated--a livewire and firebrand ready to take on all comers on this his eighth solo album.

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To be honest, when I received this CD as a Christmas present last year, I wasn't really expecting very much.
Without being a huge fan, I've followed Weller's career on and off ever since the early days of the Jam and bought the odd single along the way. Admittedly 'Wild Wood' (1994) and 'Stanley Road' were both good albums, but with subsequent releases slightly disappointing and Weller pushing 50, my expectations were not that high.
.....Wrong......
This album is an absolute corker. I'm really impressed. From the frantic bluesy chords of the opening track this album hardly misses a beat. I am absolutely gobsmacked just how good it is. It easily stands shoulder to shoulder with 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road' and is possibly better than both!
Only on two or three tracks does the intensity of Weller's compositional style and delivery produce slightly over-wrought songs ('Fly little bird', 'Pan' and 'The Pebble and the Boy') but for the most part the album is loose, energetic and choc-full of great songs, dashed off in an effortless variety of styles......in short it's an absolute joy.
If you like Weller and you haven't already purchased this album, what on earth are you waiting for??
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This album rocks! I had my doubt as I was not happy with "Studio 150" and to a lesser extent, with "Illumination". I kept thinking: where's the edge? What's with songs such as "Sweet Pea"? Of all the Paul Weller albums I have all the years these two unfotunately became fillers on the CD rack. I even deleted them from my ipod library as they are kind of a waste of space, literally. I was truly sadden as Paul's music has been a very important part of my life and I was so worried that maybe his fire had gone out.
Well. Worry no more. This album blows me away! Right from the start it is so gripping you can feel the energy oozing out- as good as the live version of "the Changingman" - that's how intense the sound is. I can't really tell you which song I like best from the album becasue they are all truly outstanding. I get really excited when I hear good music and this album a lot more than that. It is orgasmic. For those of you who have doubt like I had, give it a chance and you will be delighted. I promise. It doesn't get any better than this. Paul is god.
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By KaleHawkwood TOP 100 REVIEWER on 18 July 2014
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Since his days with the Jam and Style Council, our Paul has developed a pleasingly husky voice somewhere between the gargly growl of Family's Roger Chapman and the smoother soulfulness of, say, Paul Carrack - not a bad place to be.
He sings like both a saint and a demon on this truly superb album from 2005, up to then a career-best .
Best? Well, I think so. I love Wild Wood, Heavy Soul and 22 Dreams, and Stanley Road was a winner, but for me this is where it all came together.
The songs themselves are an eclectic lot, with not a dud among them. It's more like Wild Wood in its lyricism and overall feeling of good-humour. No point in picking highlights, as this is a set of songs I love almost as much as I love Rubber Soul or East Side Story.
I was never a big Jam fan (too long in the tooth by then - all of thirty-ish) but Weller's solo stuff I do like a lot, and the more I hear wondrous records like As Is Now, the more I realise what a huge talent the man has.
I loved this the first time I heard it. It's a terrific album full of diverse, musically inventive songs - fourteen of them - and I will be playing it often. The guy sounds full of the joys of life, and full of unexpected, unpredictable ideas too.
Great stuff.

Highly recommended.
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having just finished listening to this Album i must say that its very close to being Weller at his best, this album mixes the best of Wild Wood and Stanley Road and blends it into a fine record
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“As Is Now” is something like a statement of how the things are going to be done by Paul Weller. The future seems to be good, The Modfather and his band (White, Minchella and Cradock) returns with this album. It has the classic Weller style, but it sounds fresh. Again, Jan “Stan” Kybert is the producer, so from that point of view this album is very linked to “Illumination” (2003). But the reminiscences of “Wild Wood” or “Stanley Road” and the earlier Weller are present.
The first two singles “From The Floor Boards Up” and “Come On/Let’s Go” are really good. “From The Floor...” reminds me of “Vertigo” by U2...that kind of song is this one!, 2 minutes and 27 seconds of frantic rock and roll!. When U2 released that song many people said that the band returned to their “Boy” (1980) days, well...as someone said here too, Weller returned in some way to his days with The Jam.
But since the very start the album catches you. “Blink And You’ll Miss It” opens with a classic riff by Steve Cradock (Ocean Colour Scene) who has been playing with Weller for more than 10 years and has reached his maturity as a lead guitarist. “Paper Smile” is a song that could’ve been included in “Stanley Road” (1995), very similar to the self titled song on that album. “Savages” takes some of those days too, it’s one of the highlights on “As Is Now”, as a fact, it could be a single with no doubt.
Another good song is “Here’s The Good News”. A pop song with Weller on the piano and some horns behind; the Small Faces and the Beatles influences are there.
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