"Wake Up The Nation '(released 09/04/2010)
"I'm schooled in the test of time" - From the song "Moonshine"
"Honestly, I had not Ever thought record a new LP," says Paul Weller On the origin of his brand new album "Wake Up The Nation".
"After '22 Dreams' I had virtually no new song ideas, at most one or two tracks, or any couplet might. Therefore, the new album was very different than usual. It felt almost like that, as if I again to start from scratch would. "
Considering how incredibly long Paul Weller is already there and that his name has been associated ever fOr experimentation, the determined will to break new ground again and again, it should be clear in fact that you do not get prefixed by him twice the same menu. And indeed it is the songwriter icon managed to get by after the great success "22 Dreams", this as his third solo album was ranked # 1 in the UK charts and him indirectly a BRIT Award bestowed on his tenth studio album again even to surpass.
Slim and focused as he himself also joins with "Wake Up The Nation" Moreover, a circle 28 years after the dissolution of The Jam, is on two of the new songs also Bruce Foxton, former bassist to hear.
"Of course, many years have passed, but we both had a lot of fun in the studio," says Paul About the after such a long time rather surprising collaboration between the two.
"Bruce continues to have a very unique style, a distinctive sound, and fit now time to perfect the piece that we wanted to record: 'Fast Car Slow Traffic'. He also has to 'She Speaks' Bass played, which is not so sure his thing is actually, but also in the case, he has the song immediately impressed his mark. "
The recording sessions, from which "Wake Up The Nation" it should be apparent, began a year ago, in January 2009, together with Simon Dine, who also at "22 Dreams" had been involved. In Wellers "headquarters", his own Black Barn Studio in Surrey, to the two made with the support of engineer Charles Rees because to create a sound, for up Dine already devised a direction had "Simon knew from the beginning how should sound the new disc "reports Paul, "Hard and urban namely, and somehow metallic. Sometimes I just improvised and watched what they came up with the song. All this was a very different approach than usual. "
To capture the bustle and the narrowness of life in the big city, they set strict rules on acoustic instruments and everything sounded by folk or rural idyll, flew out. Thus was enough space for new: rich rock grooves, riffs à la Bowie (at the time of recording of "Low" or "Diamond Dogs") and a basic setting, the genre boundaries ignored freezing - had they still from the sessions to last preserved album.
"Depending on your needs we have for each track different guest musicians invited," says Paul. "Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) can be heard on one piece. Clem Cattini (The legendary session drummer) and Bev Bevan (The Move / ELO) participated in several songs. Little Barrie controls at multiple guitar tracks. Andy Crofts (Keyboardist in Wellers band when he is on tour) has not only played guitar and bass, but also keyboard and a bit Stylophone. Crucial therefore was only that capture everything -. And to look at what it Ever worked together "
The result is a record with 14 true-Rock'n'roll tracks that has an insider described as a "mixture of Stockhausen and The Small Faces". If an exception is not quite as rock approaching - "Aim High" so would be an exception; in this case is all about a rich Groove - even songs sound like "Grasp And Still Connect" and "7 3 Is The Strikers Name ', who also appears as a limited edition single, so punchy and aggressive that they put everything else in the shade. But was honestly expected nothing else, after all, we are dealing with a songwriter, covering its influences everything from Alice Coltrane to Vaughan Williams, and currently, among other things on the "Witch Cults Of The Radio Age" album is broadcast or the British folk band Erlend and the Carnival. To ask?
In his text suggests Weller this time in a different tone: Was it on "22 Dreams" rather sprawling daydreams, one encounters on "Wake Up The Nation" a singer who is awake and ready to lift the world once again from its hinges. So who on Weller as polemicist is (think "Money Go Round" or "Soul Deep"), You can look forward: angry like on the new album, he has not been presented for years.
"The title track is almost a kind of clarion call, a wake-up call for our country," says Paul.
"The message is that we should make ourselves against all this mediocrity gasp need and that in this country for once again happened something great. The media, television, music, politics - all this is now just colorless. And it is by no means to the people, not because they care about anything would - Disenfranchised you feel rather. True democracy does not exist anymore. Millions of people have taken to the road ahead of the Iraq war, and yet they were able to move anything. "
"As for the music world, is yes obvious what my criticisms are, but at Superstar shows like 'X Factor' standards are just too low; those are not people to whom you can look up! Maybe I sound old fashioned, when I say this, but I had bands like The Beatles or The Kinks as models. Why even people like Rage Against The Machine were so good and so important. What is missing is a massive backlash to all this superficial Superstar cult. "
Weller underlines its significant announcements with musical feats: "No Tears To Cry" is an Oversized ballad in which one can hear the influence of Walker Brothers significantly, while "Trees" composed of FIVE episodes in which he negotiated different stations of life, while he musical Ragtime, polka, punk, psych-pop and eventually Gospel houses in a song, which is hardly more than four minutes.
"The idea for this song came to me after shortly before his death in the nursing home, I visited my father," says Paul.
"I tried to imagine how the lives of these elderly people feel comfortable. A couple of the older ladies were determined once been beautiful girls with and now they sat around there and waited seemingly just out back under the earth or to get into the atmosphere - or whatever may happen to us if we shortened lifetime . "
Absolutely passionate and thereby necessarily committed to the good old Rock'n'roll: Paul Weller it is once again managed to deliver the perfect soundtrack for the new decade.
"I can not wait to finally go on tour again and to present the new songs to the people", he concludes.
"Wake Up The Nation" is the kind of wake-up call, you should definitely not sleepy.
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