- 15 May 17
The Gospel according to Paul...
Paul Weller emerged fully from self-imposed exile in the early ’90s, and hit artistic paydirt with the lovely Wildwood, and commercial nirvana with the chart-topping Stanley Road. Those albums established Weller, for better or worse, as The Modfather, and the next generation of musicians queued up to pay homage.
And yet, the change of direction apparent on 2003’s 22 Dreams, after the diminishing returns of albums like Heliocentric and Illumination, was surely the true essence of the mod ethos that Weller had always lived by. He was moving ahead, embracing the new, and not endlessly recycling ’60s and ’70s music in the manner of the Britpop scene he had inspired. The problem, however, was that the songwriting sometimes took a back seat to all the beeping and clanging.
This seemed especially evident on 2015’s Saturns Pattern (there is no apostrophe). All of that may seem like a leisurely way of getting around to saying that there are no such problems on A Kind Revolution: the writing is strong and the production serves the songs, rather than vice versa. It is a hell of a good record.