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Paul Weller
Wake Up the Nation - Yep Roc
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Adam Pollock on March 5, 2010

 

Paul Weller

After 30 years and almost as many albums, Paul Weller has earned the right to do whatever he bloody wants. Punk and Britpop’s elder Modfather has mastered the loud, fast, pissed off, stylish, jazzy and groovy, and if he had wanted to explore hip-hop, he probably would have rocked that as well (well, maybe not). Apparently, what Weller wanted to do on his tenth solo album was to simply rock out. The soulful, R&B textures that have been present in varying forms since his Style Council days are tempered here with plenty of late ’70s angst, which makes the contribution of original Jam bassist Bruce Foxton (28 years later) on a couple of tracks wonderfully appropriate. The 16 songs move along quickly, with most at less than three minutes, so keep up. Standouts include the opening rocker “Moonshine,” the swinging “In Amsterdam” and the bluesy lullaby “Trees.”

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