on 27 January 2001
Those who remember the Jam and Style Council eras will instantly recognise Paul Weller within this track. While the music is very much within the current Weller-vibe of Stanley Road and Heavy Soul, the lyrics hark back to those halcyon days when Weller was THE 1980's, 'Soul Deep' social commentator. Not only is the track about someone else (in this case the much admired Mr Lane from the Small Faces)but, as with most great art, it resonates with relevance for us all, whoever we may be; it is full of self belief. The artist, having produced his vision of the world around him, merely waiting for the rest of us to appreciate what he has achieved within his work. There is a certain nervous trepidation, as well as inner creative pride that creates the tension within the track - so reminiscent of Weller's finest work (of which there is plenty). In this way, we see our own admittedly more mundane lives - constantly striving to achieve our potential, hoping that those around us will realise our talent and recognise us for the unique and gifted person that we are. It's very much a spiritually uplifting track - Weller obviously cares about his subject - and this comes across not only in his delivery (Paul Weller certainly knows how to imbue his music with genuine emotional guts) but in the lyrics themselves, which portray a real empathy with the artistic talents of Mr. Lane. Be in no doubt, this is serious music for those who look at people in the world around them and constantly feel both wonderment, exhiliration and sheer frustration at the way life treats people...but what can we do except, "wait for love" -within that wait lies the beauty and the pain of this track - Weller is a great artist and this is a great track.