UK deluxe two disc (CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) pressing includes bonus DVD. 2012 album from the British Rock veteran and former leader of The Jam and They Style Council. Enjoying a constant critical high and a never ending creative peak, Paul Weller continues to push the boundaries with Sonik Kicks. The album is the follow up to the Mercury Prize Award nominated Wake Up The Nation and is Paul's 11th solo album. Once again, it's his best yet. Sonik Kicks features 14 brand new tracks and includes special guest appearances from both Noel Gallagher and Graham Coxon. With Sonik Kicks Paul Weller once again shakes up his palate and stirs his influences anew. He mixes pop art punch with soulful communication; jazzy explorations into Psychedelia and dub with razor-sharp melodies and abstract soundscapes with clear-eyed forest-folk.
A collection of musical influences & inspirations.
As Is Now finds Weller plugging in, and turning the volume up louder than he has in years. The first single 'From The Floorboards Up' is out now and is 2 minutes 27 seconds of edgy, malevolent rock'n'roll. Possessing the same urgency In The City had 29 years ago, it shows Paul Weller rejuvenated - a livewire and firebrand ready to take on all comers on this, his eighth solo album.
Parting ways with Simon Dine, the chief collaborator on every one of the records in his great new millennial revival, Paul Weller settles into a celestial groove on Saturn's Pattern. Aligning himself with Jan "Stan" Kybert, a producer who has been in his orbit since 2002's Illumination, Weller veers left from the bright modernism of 2012's Sonik Kicks, choosing to soften his edges and expand his horizons. As the album comes crashing into view via the heavy blooze of "White Skies" – a collaboration with neo-psychedelic pranksters Amorphous Androgynous that seems closer to Black Keys than Humble Pie and not all that trippy, either – it doesn't seem that Saturn's Pattern would get quite so mellow, but it doesn't take long before Weller happily lets himself drift away in a haze.
Dating back to the days (just) before he became forever known as The Modfather™, Paul Weller’s second solo album was the record that liberated him from his previous typecast: That Bloke What Used To Be In The Jam/Style Council. Informed as much by Nick Drake as by his notorious influences (The Who, Small Faces), it’s imbued with the sound of its creator establishing a fine new identity. ‘Sunflower’, ‘Has My Fire Really Gone Out?’, ‘Shadow Of The Sun’… most of ‘Wild Wood’ is both a match for any work that preceded it and more invigorated than most of the Weller albums that would follow.
The DVD, 'Paul Weller Live - Two Classic Performances', features last July's two-hour show from Hyde Park in front of 22,000 fans, which featured special guest appearances from Jocelyn Brown, Carleen Anderson and Kelly Jones from Stereophonics.The hour-long unplugged performance from 'Later…', recorded last Christmas, saw him perform material from his Jam and Style Council days for the first time in a decade, plus guest performances from Noel Gallagher, who joined him for 'That's Entertainment' and Jools Holland, who played piano on 'Town Called Malice'. It also includes songs not previously shown as part of the show.