The Jam's second album suffers from similar draw-backs to their thrashy debut in that it's songs, while slightly more consistent, sound as if they've been laid down much too soon. There's exuberant ideas bustling here, which if patiently allowed to find their own way, would've finished up much better appreciated and elevated than they are now.
This what happens when greedy music majors pay huge advances to a young/unready pop-band and try to start recouping immediately.
All that said, 'This Is The Modern World' includes some top drawer Jam songs: 'I Need You (For Some-one)', 'Here Comes the Weekend' and 'Tonight at Noon' are three of Weller's best reflective ballads and his Keith Moon tribute: 'Life From a Window' is possibly his finest 4 minutes as a songwriter.
There's a couple of half-clunkers, but generally 'This Is The Modern World' is a tidy side-step rather than a significant improvement on 'In The City', while still tilling familiar, albeit less stony and undisturbed land.
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