Paul Weller: Wild Wood

Intrigued by this review at Elsewhere, my like of a couple of Jam records and it leaping out at me at the local record store, I picked up a copy of the recently released Deluxe Edition of Paul Weller’s Wild Wood. A somewhat speculative purchase then, but I don’t regret it. The first thing that i should say is that it bears very little resemblance to the Jam. It does show the stamp of its influences (Neil Young, Soul, Nick Drake) without being imitative. A hard thing to achieve, a thing that many britpop bands imitated, and consequently didn’t achieve. More contemplative and personal than his work with the Jam, it i less catchy, but in some ways more satisfying. Recommended for those who like their rock tinged with maturity.

Key tracks:

  • Sunflower
  • Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)
  • The Weaver
  • Moon On Your Pyjamas
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~ by Doug Newdick on November 7, 2009.

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