Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution

It can’t be easy being Paul Weller. Canonized as the Modfather to the Britpop mob nearly two full decades after being anointed the most thrillingly articulate voice of incoherent youth since Townshend, the man has continually faced the paradox of those who achieve longevity and stature: how to carry on when you’ve effectively nailed the zeitgeist for two different generations.

The answer, of course, is to keep on keeping on, something Weller has done admirably throughout his career. It hasn’t all been golden –for every Wild Wood or 22 Dreams there’s a Heavy Soul – but A Kind Revolution is up there. Lead -off single ‘Long Long Road’ seems incongruously smooth until one remembers that from the bass-line intro and swelling Hammond of ‘A Town Called Malice’ through ‘You’re the Best Thing’ to now Weller has always had a fascination and way with old school R n’ B stylings. The album itself is sparky and creative. Dad rock it might be but eight children and 25 albums in there’s still enough lead in the pencil to make a mark.

Two decades ago the man asked if his fire had really gone out. On the evidence of this album, the answer is no. AJ

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