|Saturns Pattern [Deluxe Edition]|
Paul Weller — Saturns Pattern [Deluxe Edition]ξ It is Weller’s 12th solo album. “I shot him when he was doing a show for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall and he was a proper gentleman, a silver fox. He was asking questions about my dad, he obviously knows my dad. He was really lovely and later on, after the shot, just before he went on stage his twin toddlers arrived and I thought, “how does he do this and stay so calm?”. He’s such a legend and he looks great.” (Scarlet Lilith Eleida Page, Jimmy Page´s daughter, photographer)
ξ Featured in the new issue of Uncut, the artist described the recording process of his latest album: while still based around the guitar, bass and keyboard, Weller said that his latest creation is “certainly progressive in the literal sense of the word”. Saturn’s Pattern features a “kazoo through a fuzzbox” and was recorded with his usual bandmates Steve Cradock and Andy Lewis, and members of psychedelic jazz group Syd Arthur.
Born: May 25, 1958 in Woking, Surrey, England
Location: London, UK
Album release: 18 May 2015
Record Label: Atlantic, Elektra, Parlophone, Warner
01. "White Sky" 4:56
02. "Saturns Pattern" 3:25
03. "Going My Way" 4:15
04. "Long Time" 2:12
05. "Pick It Up" 6:16
06. "I'm Where I Should Be" 3:26
07. "Phoenix" 5:56
08. "In the Car..." 4:44
09. "These City Streets" 8:26
10. "(I'm A) Roadrunner" 2:48
11. "Dusk Til Dawn" 2:04
12. "White Sky" (Prof. Kybert vs. The Moons Remix) 4:36
Paul Weller, Saturns Pattern — album review: exploratory, albeit within a constrained setting.
ANDY GILL; Friday 08 May 2015; Score: *****
ξ Though less sprawling and diverse than 22 Dreams and Wake Up the Nation, Saturns Pattern is just as exploratory, albeit within a more constrained setting, based tightly around Paul Weller’s core band.
ξ That still affords plenty of room to manoeuvre, as “White Sky” proves. Coasting in on a swirl of ambient noise and backwards guitar, it suddenly acquires thunderous drums, burly bassline and snarling guitars, along with an extraordinary, distorted vocal: it’s more akin to a Jack White blast than Weller, although it’s uncertain to what extent that’s down to mixing duo Amorphous Androgynous, as they’re not involved elsewhere.
ξ Things settle down a little thereafter, with more stolid song structures treated to subtle psychedelic embellishments: the prancing piano of the title–track is adorned with effect–strewn eddies of harmonica and keyboards, while ricocheting guitar effects and reverb expand the modest vibrato groove of “I’m Where I Should Be”.
ξ Both tracks are positive expressions of progress, Weller advocating in “Saturns Pattern” that one should “Get up with a mind to get up, the time is all yours.” Likewise, the lightness in the psychedelic–soul celebration “Phoenix” suggests the title refers to the myth rather than the city.
ξ Weller’s magpie tendencies pay dividends: “In the Car” transforms from country–blues to glam–rock stomp, “These City Streets” adopts the psychedelic folk–rock textures of early Jefferson Airplane and Love’s Forever Changes, “Long Time” sounds like the Velvets discovering the blues, and the brooding organ and itchy guitar of “Pick It Up” recall “Season of the Witch”.
ξ But the track which most displays Weller’s protean instincts is surely the lovely “Going My Way”, which starts as a piano ballad in Dennis Wilson style, then darts off to explore mellotronic pastoralism, jaunty piano and close–harmonies, as if tugged away by Dennis’s brother Brian. ξ http://www.independent.co.uk/
Jon Dennis; Thursday 14 May 2015 21.15 BST; Score: *****
ξ Saturns Pattern continues the purple patch Weller hit in 2008 with 22 Dreams, when he suddenly began to experiment with new ways of writing and recording. Weller is a magpie in terms of where he finds inspiration. Long Time chugs along menacingly like the Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog, while Going My Way’s simple refrain veers into a Todd Rundgren–meets–the Beach Boys stomp. His voice is Bowie–esque on Pick It Up, then like a megaphoned Don Van Vliet on White Sky. But Weller’s renaissance has not come at the expense of his musical identity. The sunshine–pop haze of Phoenix is from the Tame Impala playbook, but you could imagine Style Council-era Weller singing it. I’m Where I Should Be has a Damon Albarn–ish melancholy, but it’s a clenched suburban vignette that the Jam might have recorded. “Still got a way to go,” Weller sings on the coda of closing track These City Streets — a positive note that suggests there’s plenty more where this came from.
|Saturns Pattern [Deluxe Edition]|