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Illumination

23 Jan. 2006 | Format: MP3

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After Paul's patchy last 2 albums, namely 1997's soulless "Heavy Soul" and 2000's moody 'Heliocentric,' I was expecting more of the same with 'Illumination' just being another flashy title to sell another run of the mill album. Fortunately, I have been spectacularly proved wrong. Maybe all his touring since after the 'Heliocentric' album has brought back his inspiration. The first thing the listener notices is the improved production. Brendan Lynch has been dropped and although his production was amazing on 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road' it soon became repetitive and unfocused on 'Heavy Soul' and 'Heliocentric.' Paul has produced himself with some help on some tracks from Simon Dine. The instruments are all beautifully clear and this allows the melody to shine in each song. There are 13 tracks and each deserves its place on the album. The opener, 'Going Places', is one of a number of acoustic delights. Other acoustic type songs include the lush 'Leafy Mysteries,' 'Who Brings Joy,' 'All Good Books' and the closer 'Illumination.' They are all as good as anything on Wild Wood. This album also has a better balance then the previous two as there are some rockers as well such as 'A Bullet For Everyone' and 'Call Me No.5.' 'It's Written in the Stars' is clearly Paul's best single since 1996's Peacock Suit. 'Now the Night is Here' and 'Standing Out in the Universe' are also spectacular songs. The main thing with this album though is that it as many have already stated the title does ring true. It is Paul's happiest album and so much better then the previous two which were the work of an unhappy, moody man entering his 40s. It is definitely already on par with Stanley Road and only time will tell if it is his best album but it certainly could be even better than Wild Wood due to it's superb songwriting and warm atmosphere. Do buy it it is one of the best albums of the year and it will "illuminate" those dark autumn and winter evenings.
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Maybe Weller's best solo album. I love him from Style Council (not much his Car's discography, which I find too basic) and here you can find some of that atmosphere and nice tunes and melodies. Subtly melancolic and nostalgic, soft and somehow experimental, it's a very good mix of genres and flavors. I love Written in Stars, All Good Books, Standing in the Universe.
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Pre-release this was being hyped up as Wellers best solo work yet. While it may take a little while longer, and a few more listens to achieve this accolade, it is certainly a fantastic album.
However, the first couple of times I listened to it, it didn't really grab me. But once it clicks with you, the brilliance of this record becomes clear. To me it sounds like a mix of 'Paul Weller', 'Wild Wood' and 'Stanley Road'. There are certainly the light, pastoral touches that graced 'Wild Wood' in place here, and on tracks like 'A Bullet For Everyone' you can hear elements of 'Stanley Road'.
This album changes paces and styles at will, veering from summer accoustic sounds (Now the Night is Here) to reflective-yet-uplifting (One X One) to blues-rock (Call Me No.5), which creates a very refreshing album.
Stand out tracks are the superb, summery sounding 'It's Written In the Stars', the soaring 'Standing Out In the Universe' and the magnificent title track.
In short, this album isn't dad-rock, or NAM, or any of those annoying tags. This album is a fantastic demonstration of one mans song-writing and playing abilities. This is one of the freshest and best albums I've heard in a long while. Roll on the next album.
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Illumination is a good title for this LP, as the mood is lighter and the production crisper than on his last LP, Helioentric, which sounded in parts like the work of an unhappy man who’d just hit 40. In fact, Illumination is the most up-beat and positive LP Weller has crafted since his solo debut. Much of the angsty griping of yore has been replaced by songs of celebration (Who Brings Joy, It’s Written in the Stars), wonderment (Leafy Mysteries), and love (Now the Night is Here). There are plenty of good tunes, and a mood piece (yes, a mood piece).
Stomping gripe-rock numbers get a rare look-in in the forms of ‘A Bullet for Everyone’ and ‘Call me No.5’. But these songs now sound a bit retro-macho, whereas five years ago they wouldn’t have. He continues to mature, like all of us, and so, on the rest of the album Paul Weller sounds mellower, writing more from the heart. In doing so he sounds authentic, contemporary, and soulful. As with all Paul Weller albums, there are some great musical moments, nay, events, within great songs. For example, the swirling, descending strings in the coda of ‘Now the Night is Here’ flip an impassioned love song within seconds into a nightmarish existential question. Minimalist brilliance.
Paul Weller is also singing better than ever. He has a truly great voice, something which never grabbed me so forcefully before this album. If you are passionate about great songwriting and artistry expressed within the rock and similar idioms, then I would unhesitatingly recommend this LP.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 April 2015
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Paul Weller's voice and music was sounding as good as ever when he released his sixth solo album in 2002. If it wasn't for 'Stanley Road', 'Illumination' might actually be my favourite out of all of his albums, because there isn't a single track on it that I'd skip over.

Highlights include the breezy opener 'Going Places', the beautiful 'Leafy Mysteries', the bluesy 'Call Me No.5', which is a duet with Stereophonics' singer Kelly Jones, and the acoustic-sounding 'One x One', a collaboration with Oasis's Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher.

Perfect for driving, walking, or just relaxing in the Summer, 'Illumination' creates a wonderful feeling whenever you listen to it, and is of consistently high quality. This is one album that should satisfy not only avid fans of this song-writing great, but to people who just appreciate good, uplifting music.

Diehard Weller fans though will probably want to get their hands on the limited edition version, Illumination [CD + DVD], which includes a bonus DVD featuring three live songs filmed at The 'Route of Kings', Hyde Park, and the music video for the single 'It's Written In The Stars'.
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