Paul Weller - More Modern Classics

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More Modern Classics is a compilation album by English singer-songwriter Paul Weller, released in May 2014 by Virgin EMI Records.

There’s a new narrative emerging from Paul Weller’s career, one that supplants his Britpop fame, his parka-clad Modfather status in favour of his role as 21st century inspiration.

Weller may have had bigger hits in his first decade of solo stardom but these second 15 years often produced richer music. More Modern Classics packs in 15 years and seven studio albums into its 21 tracks, and with cuts such as Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea reveals that Weller’s millennial phase is perhaps not as creatively arid as critics often assume.

Beginning with his Studio 150 album in 2004, though, Weller starts to shift emphasis. Out go the target signs, and in comes a renewed inspiration from the post-punk era, adding a dry, awkwardly funky sensibility. From The Floorboards Up is a defiant statement of intent, while Echoes Round The Sun is a forward-thinking slice of psychedelia where Weller started taking risks, opening himself up to new sonic vistas without abandoning the signature he created on Wild Wood.

Titanic double album 22 Dreams takes up the mid-section, and its sprawling burst of creativity is matched to genuine eclecticism. In the space of only a few tracks Weller shifts from acid folk troubadour to curmudgeonly punk survivor, and yet it all seems to make a strange sort of sense.

Two new tracks, Flame-Out! and the single Brand New Toy, close out More Modern Classics.

Weller has been redefined as a deeply modern artist, one who continually shuns his press image through being faithful to his roots, and has ensured that his output is almost impossibly broad. This shift was apparent on the studio albums, but condensed into a 21-track compilation, Weller's new millennial work sounds all the more startling.

This double LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl is housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves and as single-sided colour print, pressed in Europe.

(602537817108)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

He’s The Keeper

3:39

A2

Sweet Pea, My Sweet Pea

4:07

A3

It’s Written In The Stars

3:09

A4

Wishing On A Star

3:29

A5

From The Floorboards Up

2:28

B1

Come On / Let’s Go

2:59

B2

Wild Blue Yonder

3:29

B3

Have You Made Up Your Mind

3:16

B4

Echoes Round The Sun

3:05

B5

All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)

3:34

C1

Push It Along

2:55

C2

22 Dreams

2:48

C3

No Tears To Cry

2:25

C4

Wake Up The Nation

2:19

C5

Fast Car / Slow Traffic

1:58

C6

Starlite

3:42

D1

That Dangerous Age

2:30

D2

When Your Garden’s Overgrown

3:08

D3

The Attic

2:14

D4

Flame-Out!

3:02

D5

Brand New Toy

2:50

SKU 602537817108
Record Label Virign EMI Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number V 3127
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 30 May 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 30 May 2014
Barcode # 602537817108
Shipping Weight 0.5950kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeves, Single-Sided Colour Print
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Indie / Alternative
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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