Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution {Deluxe Edition} (2017) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Paul Weller – A Kind Revolution {Deluxe Edition} (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 2:10:20 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Parlophone UK

After folding in psychedelic electronics and rollicking rock to his soulboy style in recent years, the changing man continues to surprise with this tonally rich new album. Work began on the new record immediately after finishing 2015’s “Saturns Pattern” and once again features the full spectrum of Weller’s influences, from rock to R&B, soul to jazz, and funk to folk. This new album from The Modfather with two BONUS discs of remixes, instrumentals and rarities! Includes reworkings by Villagers, Syd Arthur, Toy and others. Cameos by PP Arnold, Boy George and Robert Wyatt.

There’s gentleness at the heart of the title A Kind Revolution, a suggestion that Paul Weller is getting softer as he approaches the age of 60. In 2017, he’s still a few years away from that milestone but he’s letting himself take things a little slower, absorbing the spaciness of 2015’s Saturn’s Pattern and reviving the sculpted soulful grooves of Wild Wood. This combination means A Kind Revolution feels straighter than any record Weller has released in the past decade – in other words, anything he’s done since he started his collaboration with Simon Dine, who acrimoniously parted after 2012’s Sonik Kicks – but where As Is Now hit hard, this has an easy touch even when the events kick off with the raver “Woo Sé Mama.” This isn’t the only time guitars are cranked on A Kind Revolution – “Satellite Kid” descends into an extended jam – but soul is Weller’s guiding star on this record, leading him to the well-manicured upscale Boy George duet “One Tear” and the sharp funk of “She Moves with the Fayre,” which features a cameo from Robert Wyatt. These guest appearances, particularly Wyatt’s, suggest how Weller isn’t content to settle into a familiar groove – the lovely vocal harmonies on the closing “The Impossible Idea” are further indication of that – but A Kind Revolution nevertheless feels cozy, a record designed to provide nothing but comfort and that’s an unusual twist for Paul Weller.

01 – Woo Sé Mama
02 – Nova
03 – Long Long Road
04 – She Moves with the Fayre
05 – The Cranes are Back
06 – Hopper
07 – New York
08 – One Tear
09 – Satellite Kid
10 – The Impossible Idea
11 – Woo Sé Mama (Instrumental)
12 – Nova (Instrumental)
13 – Long Long Road (Instrumental)
14 – She Moves with the Fayre (Instrumental)
15 – The Cranes are Back (Instrumental)
16 – Hopper (Instrumental)
17 – New York (Instrumental)
18 – One Tear (Instrumental)
19 – Satellite Kid (Instrumental)
20 – The Impossible Idea (Instrumental)
21 – Alpha
22 – She Moves with the Fayre (Villagers Remix)
23 – New York (Nightwatch) (Prof. Kybert Remix)
24 – Nova (Toy Remix)
25 – One Tear (Club Cut) (Prof. Kybert Remix)
26 – Hopper (White Label Remix)
27 – Satellite Kid (Syd Arthur Remix)
28 – She Moves with the Fayre (Breakdown Instrumental) (Prof. Kybert Remix)
29 – Woo Sé Mama (E & TC Remix)