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Heliocentric

10 April 2000 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2000
  • Release Date: 10 April 2000
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Universal Island Records Ltd. A Universal Music Company.
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  • Total Length: 48:07
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  • ASIN: B001KRS6IU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,379 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Paul has always had a solo obsession with the sun. Here it has illuminated him into a much needed change of direction after the raucous Heavy Soul. It's better produced, better thought out, and better played, as if to compensate the sometimes jarring aspects of it's rough and ready predecessor. More laid back and accoustic, but nevertheless essential, Heliocentric is a shining example of the man with his back against the wall, coming up with the goods.
Not that there isn't time for rocking out. There's No Drinking After You're Dead leaps out of the speakers like nothing heard from Paul in the last twenty years. He's The Keeper is a tad slower, but never fails to grab the attention, and is well worth checking out live.
TSC rear their head in the beligerent shanty A Whale's Tale, which while upbeat is probably the weakest song on the album. With some fans this competes with Sweet Pea, his ode to his daughter Leah. You either love or hate it. It's quite a nice jaunty little tune, and pleasant enough, but was a mistake as a single. Back in the fire almost goes back to Wild Wood, dreamy and surreal, with almost a touch of hip hop in the production technique. Picking Up Sticks is a great piece of psychadelia, addictive and interspersed with what is more a drum break, than a solo, it benefits from shifting up a gear into a funked up jam at the end.
The real strengths lie in the ballads though. Frightened shows the vulnerable Paul in a way he's not shown before, and it's charming. Dust and Rocks is a high spot, tender and warm, it also boasts what is perhaps the finest outro of Weller's career. With Time and Temperance shows the Nick Drake influence to the full, while exploring the marriage break up yet again. Then there's Loveless.
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By A Customer on 6 Jun. 2002
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I have to say that this album is criminally underrated. I have listened to all of Paul's albums through the many different guises he has used, and this is up there with them.
OK, so there are a couple of pretty duff tracks, Sweet Pea and Whales Tale definitely fall into that category, as does the opener, He's the Keeper, but these aside, the album is a winner. The last few tracks, from Time and Temperance onwards are superb, a collage of music with a full string orchestra and electric guitars fused together by Steve White's energetic drumming (never more apparent than on Picking Up Sticks). I would urge anyone in two minds to go for this album without hesitation. Weller has never undergone the kind of artistic crisis that Bob Dylan and Neil Young experienced in the 80s, or Paul McCartney in his 70s Wings days, and this album, along with the rest of his back catalogue confirms that.
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Yet again Mr Weller has shown that he can 'move-on'and produce another excellent album. It took me a good couple of times to appreciate the album for what it is. Really quite mellow, I love it! He just seems to keep on writing excellent songs. He is way ahead of his audience and it is us die hard fans whose ears need to keep up with his ever-changing moods!
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Heliocentric thankfully still confirms Weller as one of Britains'best songwriters. True,this latest offering does not quite reach the heights of "Wildwood" or Stanley Road", but it's certainly miles better than the patchy "Heavy Soul" album from '97. The three year hiatus seems to have done Weller some good. The tracks "With Time and Temperance" and "Picking up Sticks" are mellow and reflective in their mood, but never dull. "Back in the Fire" shows he has lost none of his lyrical edge, and the brilliantly titled "There's no Drinking after you're Dead" will surely have all fans of The Jam dusting off their old Union Jack Blazers. With each play Heliocentric gets better and reveals more depth with each listen. Special nods must go to the Ocean Colour Scene boys for their contributions and the ever reliable Steve White on drums. As for the "Modfather" himself this album shows him moving away from his traditional R"n"B tinged rock to more acoustic guitar or piano driven songs, which suggests Weller is perhaps writing the music he wants to make rather than what he thinks he should be making. As for those who thinks his fire has really gone out should perhaps catch him on tour in the next few months.
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By A Customer on 17 April 2000
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Instead of everyone comparing this to previous albums, I think we should look at Heliocentric for what it is. Actually, a very, very good album. 'Love-Less' and 'With Time and Temperance' stand out for me, they have a really warm 60's feel and great melodies. More powerful numbers are 'There's no drinking....' and 'A whales tale..'. On reading the lyrics, I really think that Paul Weller has turned another corner.
As per usual, his backing band is superb, it seems incredible that Steve White who has been drumming for Weller since 1984/Style Council, actually gets better with evey album. Cradock and Mincella are just quality as usual.
All in all - Better than Heavy Soul, Stanley Road,and his self-titled solo debut album, and about as good as Wild Wood .
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