Paul Weller really is the definition of his own Stanley Road hit ‘The Changingman’.
It’s been a career which has been constantly genre hopping and inventive, and the latest album from the Modfather, ‘A Kind Revolution’, is no different.
The incorporation of many styles sometimes falls flat with tracks such as ‘New York’ or ‘Satellite Kid’, which are too long and frankly a bit dull.
However, when he gets it right, it rewards you handsomely.
Both ‘Woo Se’ Mama’, a little rhythm and blues gem, and ‘Nova’ have the bounce and
swagger familiar to anyone has listened to Stanley Road, while the funk brought in ‘One Tear’ and the pleasant charm of ‘Hopper’ were welcome additions.
The high point of the album though is ‘The Cranes are Back’; a beautiful melancholic track that infuses gospel elements to hit some beautiful heights without ever falling into the syrupy mawkishness that ballads can frequently fall into.
While this may not be by any stretch the greatest album Weller has ever produced, it shows his still phenomenal musical ambition and has some real treats for fans of his work.
By Ruairi Walsh