Wake Up The Nation by Paul Weller – Album Review
by Matt Callard
Commercially rehabilitated and now, following the sprawling 22 Dreams, back in favour with the critics.
So Wake Up The Nation notches up the intensity, rounds up the collaborators (My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, ELO’s Bev Bevan and, remarkably, ex-Jam bassist Bruce Foxton) and snips away any indulgences.
“Even time for a dose of sentimentality”
This is short, fiery stuff, which insists on repeat plays – not that it’s all back-to-basics punk ‘n’ roll, there are samples and strings and some impressive improv – and there’s enough hooks to hang a horse.
There’s even time for a dose of sentimentality (never a Weller-watchword) in the lovely ‘No Tears Left To Cry’.
A victory for a reignited muse.