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"Beginning Of The End" For Weller & Co......,
This review is from: The Gift (Audio CD)
The Gift was to be the last studio album that The Jam made.
A 23 year old Paul Weller was becoming increasingly disollusioned with the music industry.He quit drinking, & whilst on tour to promote "The Gift" had taken to "Sloping off alone for a cup of tea" after the shows.Fellow band members Foxton & Butler also socialised seperately, the cracks had begun to appear & this would result in their split just a year later.
Given all this it`s hardly surprising that "The Gift" has a bit of a disorganised feel to it.
There are 11 tracks in all, 4 of which are poor by The Jam`s standards (Trans global,5 o clock hero,Planners dream & The Gift)are the guilty parties!!
The album starts explosively with the sublime & optimistic "Happy Together" then onto "Ghosts" another of Wellers beautiful & thoughtful ballads.The funky "Precious" works well, & "Running On The Spot" is a driving raw tune."Carnation" is quite simply a classic in the mould of Fly or English Rose & "Town Called Malice" is the big hit that everyone will recognise.
The good songs outweigh the bad on The Gift,& some cannot be found on any "Greatest Hits" compilations so it`s definately worth adding to your collection,plus, a quick listen to the weaker tunes will make you realise why Weller called time on the band soon after..........