On Sonik Kicks (2012), Paul Weller tries new things, new sounds, as he always has (ie. later day Jam, Style Council, 1993’s “Wild Wood“, mid 90’s “Modfather” era, 2010’s “Wake Up The Nation”). This album certainly has a new sound as well, yet his songwriting and voice cut through to root it to his own unique style. As much as he pushes the sonic boundaries, with style, production and experimentation, it only serves to enhance what is at it’s core; great songs. The album sounds restless, which is a very healthy thing for someone of Weller’s age and skill. He’s clearly interested in this music, and we should be too.
As I said in a previous post, I have gone back to listen through older stuff since this album emerged in March and am again impressed how consistent this guy has been through the years, through the many incarnations and styles. A recent No. 1 in Britain, I don’t know that this album could ever find a place in the dimwitted narrow US market. But that is also what makes it special. We know this good stuff is out there waiting for us to find it. The links below are all from the Later… With Jools program.