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Paul Weller sings the Carpenters...no really!
Studio 150 - Paul Weller
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Studio 150 - Paul Weller
Advantages: Some good ideas
Disadvantages: and some bad ones
Paul Weller, depending on your age, you think of the bright young thing passionately espousing political thinking with the Style Council or the king of cool with the Jam, alternatively you may be a fan of the modfathers later more gentle songs, whichever way you think of him, its unlikely to be covering Carpenters songs, well if you'd like to find out how that experiment worked out this is the CD for you.
This CD is an album of eclectic and interesting covers, ranging from Neil Young to Bob Dylan, Weller has chosen an interesting and varied selection with Wishing on a Star and All along the Watchtower being the personal highlights for me as he makes them his own, twists the originals and brings out the passion, belief and musicality of both, although the latter still can't compare to Hendrix' seminal version.
I loved his version of his own song Broken Stones which is made for a live setting, its thoughtful and lush in its melody and guitars, I also enjoyed the Gil Scott Heron song 'The Bottle' which was interesting and brought a great song to my attention. For the good there are also the odd ropy effort, I have to say there was the odd mistake though, Close to you doesn't add anything to the Carpenters version and seems misguided.
Overall I understand Weller tries to break free of the dadrock element in which he is always compared but this is what he's best at nowadays and this CD whilst enjoyable is fairly pedestrian and seems like he's singing by numbers. I would suggest you listen for yourself to make any real decision on whether this is something you'd be keen on, but overall I found it a bit disappointing and longed for a few Jam songs to liven things up. Its not as good as some of his own works.
The track listing is as follows:
1 If I Could Only Be Sure
2 Wishing On A Star
3 Don't Make Promises
4 The Bottle
5 Black Is The Colour
6 Close To You
7 Early Morning Rain
8 Thinking Of You
9 One Way Road
11 All Along The Watchtower
The CD case is fine,its an interesting looking case with a colourful montage of images and photographs, it is available on Amazon for £4.88 and is a must for Weller fans.
If your not a fan then it really is something you could probably take or leave as it is covers which are done well, but if you want to learn more about his back catalogue you'd be better off buying a greatest hits compilation including songs from the Jam and Style Council.
Summary: Paul Weller sings the Carpenters...no really!