Wild Wood is the second solo studio album by Paul Weller, released in September 1993. It made it to number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, and contained three UK hits: "Wild Wood", which reached number 14 on the UK charts, "Sunflower", which reached number 16, and "Hung Up", which reached number 11. In 2000 Q magazine placed it at number 77 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever, and it was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. The original 1993 UK and European CD included 15 tracks. When issued in the US, and reissued in the UK in 1994, a 16th track was added. A two-disc deluxe edition was released on 22 October 2007. The title track, "Wild Wood", was released as a single in 1993, with "Ends of the Earth" as the B-side. It reached no. 14 on the UK charts in September 1993.Uncut magazine rated "Wild Wood" as Weller's ninth best ever song and the best of his solo career, with the Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke praising it as a "very easy, kicking-back sort of song".Wikipedia
I know Weller’s background is legit, but this… it just sounds like dentist rock to me. If I was a dentist? I’d rock out so hard to this on the drive home from work in my Audi. Trust me, there are days where I wish I was a dentist! Alas, today is not one of those days.
Pas grand chose à dire sur cet album si ce n'est qu'il était extrêmement agréable. Lorsque je lance un album en soirée, il m'arrive très souvent de lancer une partie d'échecs pendant l'écoute. Ce fut le cas cette fois-ci. Je vous copie ci-dessous le déroulement de ladite partie qui fut au passage ma trois-mille-cent-soixante-et-unième : 1. e4 e5 2. d3 Nc6 3. a3 Nf6 4. h3 d5 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. Bg5 Be7 7. Bh4 Bf5 8. Nc3 Qd7 9. Nf3 O-O 10. Be2 Nd4 11. Nxe5 Qe6 12. Bg3 Bd6 13. Nc4 Bxg3 14. fxg3 Rfe8 15. O-O Nxe2+ 16. Nxe2 Qxe2 17. Rxf5 Qe6 18. Rf1 Rad8 19. Nd2 Qb6+ 20. Kh1 Nd5 21. c4 Ne3 22. Qf3 Nxf1 23. Rxf1 Re7 24. b4 Rde8 25. g4 Re1 26. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 27. Kh2 Qg1+ 28. Kg3 Re3 29. Qxe3 Qxe3+ 30. Kh2 Qxd2 0-1 Comme vous avez pu l'observer, j'ai commis plusieurs erreurs grossières mais la victoire est bonne à prendre à une période où je manque cruellement de confiance.
Cet album obtient la note de 4 uniquement car Elvis Costello s'est vu attribuer un 4 à une époque d'extreme faiblesse de ma part, pour un album bien moins impressionnant. Je vous resitue le contexte. Alors que je lançais l'album Brutal Youth de Elvis Costello, avec mes yeux innocents d'auditeurs ne comptant qu'une dizaine d'albums généré, je sentis tout d'un coup une presence derrière moi, dans le centre commercial de Auchan Lac. Je me retournais, et aperçu un homme portant un chapeau cachant ses yeux enlunnetés, ainsi qu'un long impermeable. Cet homme me fixait intensement, amis je ne pu discerner sa personnalité. Un peu apeuré, je décidais de partir m'asseoir quelques bancs plus loin. Ce mysterieux interlocuteur continua de me suivre, et ce jusqu'à ce que je finisse l'ecoute de l'album. C'est alors que tout s'accelera. Au moment où je saisis mon téléphone pour accorder le 3 que cet album moyen meritait, l'homme à l'imper se rapprocha de moi, et avant même que mon pocue ne presse la troisième etoile, il l'agrippa, et me susurra à l'oreille "Es-tu sûr? Tu veux rejoindre Ray Charles?". Sous la pression de cet homme effrayant, je dû m'astreindre à attribuer à Brutal Youth la note de 4/5, extrêmement généreuse au vu du contenu proposé.
That was boring, wasn't it? Such a thin sound, uninspired songwriting, strange attempts at a cod-funk sound that never works - and Weller really sounds tired on this, doesn't he? A couple of tracks aside, this feels like a dull man doing dull things
Two songs in, I had to pause and listen to a few tracks from The Jam. They’re a blind spot in my musical knowledge-base and I was thinking some context might be needed for this record. I always, somewhat incorrectly, assumed they were a punk band in the same vein as the Pistols or the Damned or Buzzcocks, so when I heard the first two tracks off of Wild Wood, and they sounded like Traffic, I was confused. Turns out my assumptions weren’t entirely correct, and I’ve made an ass out of me. With my new found knowledge of what The Jam actually sounded like, I returned to Wild Wood. I’ll give Paul Weller this: the production on this record is very intricate with great attention to detail. Keyboards kind pop up and percolate on the periphery of the stereo field…It’s nice to listen to. The MOR rock stylings of the songs, however, are not as nice to listen to. I’m not sure that was what people were craving in the early 90’s. Maybe things were different in Britain. It’s bad that I’m enjoying this album when Paul Weller isn’t singing. The instrumental sections of a lot of these songs get psychedelic, lock into a groove and they’re really finely crafted. Seriously, the best parts of this record happen when Paul Weller isn’t crooning like an off-brand Tom Jones. Oh, cool…Now it sounds like Cat Stevens. I kind of hate this record. …and we’re back into Traffic territory. What is it with the English and their obsession with making the most god awful blues rock? I’m out. RIYL: Traffic, but don’t feel like putting on a Traffic record; Bloody Mary’s and Brunch at the country club.
Loved this so much. Went straight back for a second listen and a third the next day! Have heard of Paul Weller, but didn't recognise his music at all. My favourite Artist on here (so far) that I'd never listened to.
Did not expect to love this, but wow. Will absolutely revisit.
Very "Jam" like without sounding exactly like The Jam. I really enjoyed this. Moon On Your Pyjamas was a really good song.
Just a fantastic kick-back and play around guitar record. One minute you are jamming to a kick ass blues-style solo, and the next you are hearing beautiful confessions from the neck of a 6-string. You can tell this was an album Weller really wanted to make for himself, it's so different from anything he ever did with The Jam or Style Council. To me, this solidified his place as a rock legend. His lyrics and storytelling are Paul Simon and Joe Cocker level, and there's just so much instrumentation that goes into these songs that sound like they came straight out of the 70's. The whole album is a work of art, there truly isn't any bad song that I could name. Favorite Song: All The Pictures On The Wall Least Favorite: Foot Of The Mountain
Love! Been too long… What an opener with Sunflower and it just keeps going. Wildwood is another of my favourites. In fact the album is one of my favourites!
Apparently, in the mid 1990s, while I was listening to Smashing Pumpkins’ 'Melancholy and the Infinite Sadness'- a really great album- I entirely missed the king of melancholy, Paul Weller, and this, his even greater album, 'Wild Wood.' Man, oh man, this LP opens (‘Sunflower’) with the cleanest, tightest little trio you’ve ever heard: Weller on guitar, Marco Nelson on bass, and the stupendous Steve White on drums. (And a super cool little bridge, to boot. Weller has a nifty way with chords.) This is the way an LP should be recorded and produced. Look, I’m a sucker for old school punk, often (sometimes purposefully) played without a lot of skill, and unfortunately often recorded poorly. Weller, by contrast, has all the passion of punk but delivers it with elegance, a quality virtually unknown among punk rockers. Weller offers variety and versatility throughout, mixing crisp rockers with gorgeous acoustics, and little bits of jazz-folk and British tinged R&B thrown in for good measure. In fact, it’s the little bits of synthesizers and horns and organs and background vocals and such sprinkled tastefully here and there (but never too much, no wasted time or energy, nothing unnecessary) that really give this LP an extra pop. That, and drummer Steve White, who is simply extraordinary. There is simply far too much music going on here to possibly cover in a brief review. I could listen to this LP for the rest of the day, and tomorrow, and the day after that, and keep discovering hidden treasures, spotting new stars winking in the sky. You like Led Zepplin’s acoustic stuff? It’s there on ‘Country.’ How about Tom Petty? ‘Has My Fire Really Gone Out?’ Traffic? Check out the flute and horns on the reprise of ‘Holy Man.’ God, I love this album! Paul Weller is a triple threat. #1. An excellent guitarist, and instrumentalist in general, not unlike Paul McCartney; again, elegant, tasteful. #2. A rich, strong, deep voice that I so love in rock music but don’t often hear. His versatility is admirable, singing tenderly one moment, and then erupting with fury the next. The listener never doubts for a moment that he believes what he’s singing. His vocal integrity is beyond reproach. And, he’s on pitch. And, his diction is so clear that it’s unnecessary to have a copy of the written lyrics on hand for clarification. And, #3, how about those wistful lyrics? Allow me to offer a smattering of lines I would be proud to claim as my own: (‘Wild Wood’) ‘Day by day your world fades away, waiting to feel all the dreams that say: Golden rain will bring you riches, all the good things you deserve now… You’re gonna find your way out of the wild, wild wood.’ (‘Country’) ‘I feel the time we’ve yet to reach is not within our own belief. But I feel sure the time’ll come… ‘ (‘Foot of the Mountain’) ‘Sometimes a great notion can lead you astray, so weak to devotion, so strong to desire… At the foot of the mountain, such a long way to climb. How will I ever get there? Though I know I must try.’ (‘Shadow of the Sun’) ‘… chasing dreams across the fields in the shadow of the sun.’ (‘Moon on Your Pyjamas’) ‘Was that a shooting star I saw? It’s rare for me to make a wish at all. Because I feel that I can only hope, these dangerous times, we are barely afloat. And I hope the world will heal itself, and our worn out souls along with it, so that you will get the chance to say that you have seen a better day. You’ve got the moon on your pyjamas and the stars in your eyes. Sweet child, you’re a dream in disguise. Angels on silver strings hang from above. Let love and laughter shine wherever you go. Through your new eyes I’ve come to see how beautiful my life can be. And I’ll keep this wish this time, I think. And blow it in with a kiss upon your head.’ (Thank you, reader, for indulging me on that last lyric. It was just too beautiful to edit.) God, I love this album! Did I mention that already? And in case there’s any doubt left… I really, really love this album. I even love the cover pic of Weller and his guitar in the dark foreground, but set against a background of colorful, healing lights offering him solace from the troubled thoughts that keep (refer to last track) ‘hanging him up.’ 5/5 x 5 more (because I love this album)
Very enjoyable. Released in 1993, but the songs could have been released in 1973. It just has a sound that is not tied to the era it was released. It sure as hell ain't grunge.
4/5 - Solid for what it is but nothing remarkable
So many British men in this list. “Blue eyed Soul” This album was fine, if a bit generic sounding. Themes of world peace, leaving the city to go live in the country. Just mostly getting tired of all men here.
Got like four songs in and lost interest
Why? Why was this generic, forgettable album made? This was the auditory equivalent of unsalted fries. I can't remember a favorite track because I can't even remember the names of any of the songs. Nothing is actively bad here, but that's almost worse. Four bar phrases with the same melody blend into a Godfather-length album. I'd rather rewatch the Corleone saga than sit through this ever again. Dreary sameness. I guess in theory I see how this could be someone's thing, but it's definitely not mine.
Mostly a dull affair. There's a couple decent, songs, emphasis on decent, but nothing to write home about. Music to eat unbuttered toast to with a glass of room temperature water on the side.
If someone asked me for the most generic piece of 90’s rock music I could think of, I now know where to point them to
I have never ever heard of this album or artist. Curious to listen! Update: digging the instrumentation but not pa-paw's lyrics. Some real boomer shit here. Update 2: Shadow Of The Sun is a cool jam, mostly because there's no lyrics in the back half. Final Update: Way too long, not very compelling most of the time.
Feels like it’s been a while since we’ve had an album this uninspiring, so that was at least one good thing to come out of this.
Not a fan, sorry. Sounds like sub-par Eric Clapton
No, just no. This boring crap is not worthy. This is just another beneficiary of the list maker’s UK bias. I fail to see how this makes the cut and yet Weezer’s debut album doesn’t. WTF?!?!
128th album and this is the first one I bailed on halfway through. I can't take the shitty lyrics and how songs feel like they'd be at home in a non-denominational suburban Christian mega church. Barf.
[WHO IS THIS MAN? A perfect album. Not Crosby Stills and Nash perfect though. Perfect with an edge. So listenable] - This was my original review notes after first listen this morning. Listened again on the way home and still think it's great but not as great as that. Interesting how my first impression suffers from second listen scrutiny.
Actually a good album
Uy, voy a decir esta vez que este disco me gustó mucho, aunque quizá no sea buenisisisísimo. A mí me movió y es, creo, una buena mezcla de rock con country (muy acertado el título para la canción que suena más a ese género). No conocía a Paul Weller ni de nombre, pero sospecho que uno de mis hits de adolescente, Butch Walker, sí lo conoce. Disfruté la escucha, tres veces y me convencí de que estoy ante un disco al que quizá regrese varias veces y que me dan ganas de escuchar más de Weller. Sonidos suaves, ligeros, dulces, con uno que otro momento explosivo y de repente una que otra buena letra. Mis favs: "Sunflower", "Has My Fire Really Gone Out?", "5th Season" y "Shadow of the Sun". También destaco buenas canciones de apertura y cierre. 9/10
Un disco muy cálido y agradable. Me gusta este Weller más maduro.
I liked him a lot anyway but there were some real gems in here.
One of his best.
*i love him *he has a folk twang, blues additions, with the classic rock electric guitar *each song is very him, but completely different which i like
Entonces esto es protopunk? Todos mis respetos.
Great find for the exact type of music I really am into at the moment
J’aime tomber sur de bon album comme ca que je n’avais jamais entendu ni meme entendu parler. Ca vaut vraiment la pein . 4.95
Absolutely loved it, he has such a great voice.
really cool album, 9/10 I like his style it sounds familiar tho, I should look him up to see what other stuff I know from him
My dad loves it
Look, I loved Weller well before the masses searched him out due to Oasis + Stanley Rd radio airplay. This has one of my favourite tracks on - and is just glorious to listen to from start to finish. Not a masterpiece, but in many ways perfect
Yep, this impressed me alot more than I anticipated. Its a bit dad rock but turns out I quiet like that. The first song immediately got it turned up
Really tough to devide whether it was a 4 or a 5 as its somewhere in between. There are plenty of fantastic songs here, Can You Heal Us (Holy Man), Sunflower, Wildwood, Country, Shadow Of The Sun and Hung Up. The instrumentation is really great, Paul Weller is a truely gifted songwriter and apart from a couple songs too many, this is really flawless. Personal enjoyment was also very positive here.
Love this album filled with classics like wild wood and sunflower especially loved the drumming, and the acoustic guitar. My favorite track was wild wood
Wonderful - so happy to be introduced to this artist!
Great album, somewhat reminds me of Yusuf Stevens Best Track: Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)
Boa vibe. Wild Wood e Country pode ser interessante revisitar.
Really enjoyed it.
All the pictures on the wall is a classic. Hadn’t heard it for over 20 years till this site brought me back
Fantastic artist that I’m surprised I haven’t found out about earlier
Glad to see a favourite in this list!
I'd never heard of this before but it's kinda rockin, like dad rock style, bluesy and just pub rock really. Wiki says he was in a band called the Jam which I know i've heard but can't remember anything about. some of it sounds a bit like pink floyd but not as annoying. Either way would listen again 4/5.
Not into rap
Got some Bruce Springsteen vibes, lots of nice chill rock grooves.
this was good, i have no idea who paul weller is but these were yams.
A pleasant surprise. May return to this one.
Cool vibe. Early 90s sounds. Looks like oasis got a lot from this album
pretty solid songwriting and catchy tunes
By the end of this album, I loved this album. Closest to a 5 so far (besides the one 5 obviously)
Nice, maybe I will return
Veldig kult! Gitaren er helt klart frontfiguren her, og den er kul nok, men trommegroovene var ofte veldig mye bedre enn det jeg hadde forventet. Det var mye mer funkinspirert enn det wikipediaen gav inntrykk av. Trodde dette skulle bli en standard singer/songwriter type deal. Noen ganger blir den litt vel lik nyere Bob Dylan og Paul Simon, men det er ikke dumt i seg selv. Kanskje det er dette moderne s/s har utviklet seg til. Svak 4
Really solid album. This is the kind of band I would love to see in a bar or smaller venue and just have a great time with some friends. Favorite tracks: “Can You Heal Us,” “Has My Fire Really Gone Out?,” “Foot of the Mountain,” and “Shadow of the Sun”
8/10 rockero pero chill
La verdad lo escuché un poco distraído, pero me llamó 5th season lo suficiente para voltear a ver como se llamaba la canción. Creo que es lo que describiría como música "agradable", o sea no muy "wow, cuánto me mama", más bien como "no me molesta escuchar esto, tiene ondita", siento que es música que pondrían en el Toks a un volumen moderado y pues supongo que he ahí también el mood del día
Actually a very nice little album, never heard of it before. Good vocals. Would listen to that again.
I thought this was really good & definitely something I’d like to revisit. “Shadow of the Sun” stuck out, and really that whole tail end of the album
It's good, it was a warm welcome to Paul Weller discography. should listen more? no doubt
Pretty solid album, good guitar work and vocals, good melodies and harmonies, all that. Personally, I don't like his voice thaaat much, but it's just my taste, and aside from that there wasn't much to complain about. Maybe it sounded a little generic at times, but I'm not up in arms over it.
Gutes Album, melodischer Sound, gut hörbar
pleasantly surprised. never heard of paul weller.
Best straightforward rock I've heard so far in this journey. Some fast, some slow, some hard, some soft. Didn't feel like skipping a track.
Me encantó este disco. No se como no lo habia escuchado antes, mas allá de Wild Wood que es conocidisimo. No tengo notas porque tengo que escuchar como 4 discos en un dia para catchupear.
Good classic rock.
A really interesting album one I like. I am a HUGE fan of the Jam, at least through Sound Affects. This was not at all what I expected. I would never have recognized even Paul's voice had I not known it was him. Nothing like The Jam, not even like The Style Council. Sounds more like a Van Morrison album. But I did like it and I'll listen more while lamenting the loss of one of my favourite bands. I'm going to give it 4 🌟
Good songwriting, great guitar work, what's not to like?
It may not seem like much but the rock compositions on here is super compelling. Like, fantastic riffs and backing rhythm makes this album a crazy-good listen. The stylings are also uniquely great, pulling from some folk, some soul, and maybe even a bit of funk. To that extent, I think this goes from a forgettable one-and-done rock album to a well-polished piece of work. I still take issue with the longer runtime, although I did not find it was excruciatingly overlong like some others on this list. You could potentially trim a few songs here and have a really great album on your hands, but the overall product is still worth a listen.
Solid musicianship, great songs. Fave track - either the title track or "Sunflower", I reckon...
Sunflower was a strong open, very 90s with some grunge elements. Peter has a strong voice. Can You Heal Us transitions into a bit more of a bluesy direction and very religious lyrics. Each song has a unique flair to it, he's not just one sound, but there is common ground that ties it all together in subtle ways. Never heard of this artist before but was a big fan. Added a few songs to the playlist. I said it already but his voice is excellent.
had a good vibe!
Finding new artists like this is the reason I love this list so much
Really good background music
I really liked this album and I had never heard of paul welled before. I really like his blues rock sound and it sounds like a precursor to modern blues rock bands such as the black keys. Fav songs: can you heal us, wild wood, holy man reprise
Was already a fav, but nice to hear it again.
Though it gets a bit long towards the end, there's enough strong songs and soulful/passionate performance, that i really enjoyed Paul Weller's delivery and the overall album.
Great album - rock solid tunes, a great marriage of the mod sensibility to folk and Britpop. Love it.
interesting album with some known songs
I've never heard of Paul Weller before. However, this was some excellent filler music for Radio Paradise.
Paul Weller at his creative best. Personally I prefer his Jam days, but this is still an excellent album.
Great times! So varied and interesting and smooth. I'm impressed by the range on display and really dug some of these tunes.
Album #2 I'm not terribly familiar with The Jam or The Style Council (but my dad sure is). I do know that they massively influenced the 90s Britpop movement which is a period of musical history near and dear to my heart. With that said I was definitely curious to get stuck in given that this album was released right at the onset of that movement. What jumped out to me first was how this album sidesteps the trends of the era it was released in, and how confidently it wears the style and sound from a couple of decades prior. It's clearly not for the kids and I can respect that conviction. I'm also quite blown away by the quality of the production, which manages to even put a lot of modern rock albums to shame. You can hear the hard work and care that was put into crafting every inch of the soundscape. This shines through particularly well through the instrumental interludes which are a highlight of the album for me. As far songwriting goes, the first few tracks were leading me to believe I was just hearing another breakup album. Whilst there is nothing wrong with that, it also doesn't strike me as particularly inspired. Fortunately, the record took a surprising turn into a darker and more primal tone, which I have a lot more appreciation for. "5th Season" strikes me as a good example of this tonal shift. The only negatives are that the album is a little long and I feel like a few of the acoustic cuts drained my interest a little such as "Country" and "Foot of the Mountain". A less is more approach could have served well here. To summarise, "Wild Wood" is a very solid rock singer-songwriter album. It doesn't do anything to push forward its genre, but it is an extremely solid representation of it. Favourite Track: 5th Season (and the instrumentals) Least Favourite Track: Country
Rock más que correcto. Me ha gustado.
Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Hanging tree,
Not bad but not very exciting to me... Country attracted my attention... Moon on Your Pajama is good too
Love this album, it just shows the versatility of Weller. He is able to deliver so many different genre of music and with so much style.
fy fan jag älskar gubbar med gitarrer!!!!
Ik word altijd een beetje week van de stem van Paul Weller.
Ik kende een paar nummers maar nog nooit het hele album gehoord. En dat beviel me uitermate goed! Lekkere vibe, en meneer Weller heeft een heerlijke stem. Ga ik nog eens vaker luisteren.
one of wellers best
i do like this album!!!
OK I was expecting The Jam (which would have been good) but instead I got.... something warmer and bluesier that sounds like excerpts from a 1973 Jesus Christ Superstar offshoot? Which to be clear is a compliment... So I don't think there's anything remotely groundbreaking or revelatory here, but who cares - it's a bit of a straight-up rock album with good if uncomplicated production. Every other song seems to harken back to something familiar... I'm hearing a bit of Traffic, Faces, and CSN in here. If I have any criticisms, it's a theme for me ... it's too long. This kind of album/music doesn't lend itself to much longer than ~40 minutes; it's not prog, most of the songs follow a fairly standard rock structure. Again: none of this is bad at all. It's just that it's better to leave 'em wanting more rather than something along the lines of "hmm...3 more songs...ok...." Still, it's a nice rock record that I think suits a lot of palettes. 7/10 4 stars.
I thought I knew The Style Council. The name is familiar, but when I listened to their hits from the 80s I didn't really recognize any of them. I was glad to have listened to a bit of them before diving into this album, as it was interesting to hear the difference 10 years made on this artist. Wild Wood is a solid, very well-done, consistently good rock album. The lyrics are really good. The music is spot-on. The vocals are very strong. I find it enjoyable. That said, nothing on here really stood out. It wasn't that all the songs sounded the same. They all had a consistent, high quality. None of the songs were unappealing. But I was left wanting a bit more from this as an album. Still, this is really good. I've got no real complaints. I will happily listen to this again. I'm sure that when any of these songs appear in a shuffle playback I'll enjoy them. I'd even dig hearing this in concert and grooving along - this would be perfect for an outdoor festival. If I hear any of these songs randomly in the future I'll note how good it is. I have fallen seriously in like with Paul Weller's Wild Wood album.
This one took me by surprise. The name sounds familiar, but I don't think I've heard any Paul Weller before. I really dug this album, the first thing that popped into my head was white Stevie Wonder. Maybe because we just had Innervisions, but there are a lot of great grooves on here too, ones that aren't really typical of this style of rock. Regardless, this was a really cool album and I'll be keeping a lot of it in my playlist. Favorite tracks: Can You Heal Us, Wild Wood, All the Pictures on the Wall, The Weaver, Holy Man. Album art: A cool silhouette shot of I'm guessing Paul? I like this, it's dark and mysterious. 4/5
Really enjoyed this
This is good morning music. I am finding it a useful tool to focus my energy where I want it after a grumpy start this morning. All The Pictures On The Wall is a good tune. Shadow Of The Sun is another one.
Dark western vibes
Like many albums on this list, more varied than I would have expected
I really like the bass on this album. "All The Pictures On The Wall" was really the first song on the album that pulled me in. "5th Season" is also a great song with a good solo. "The Weaver" follows it up with a groovy vocal line. "Shadow Of The Sun" grew on me in the second half with the instrumental jam on the outro it just feels like jamming the homies and brings out good feelings. "Holy Man - Reprise" is also a good feeling jam track. The album ends kinda flat after that, but overall it is a very good album. Having a track called "Instrumental Two" and another named "Instrumental - Pt. 2" is a weird idiosyncrasy, but neither are essential to the album in the way "Instrumental - Pt. 1" is. Having a song that is a reprise of a parenthesised part of another song is also a strange naming convention but that's a good song so I can forgive it.
Better than expected. Nice and bluesy
This is really good. I might have to do it back to back.
Bought this when it came out and still love it today. Great songwriting, slow acoustic followed by rocky tracks. This is a dad's-rock album but then that's what I am :-) I suspect a lot of the One-star votes come from young hipsters who've never heard of the Modfather.
p705. 1993. 4 stars Elder statesman of Brit rock on top form. There is valid school of thought that says Paul Weller is a better songwriter than Elvis Costello, and they are right - there are more good tunes here than in the last 10 Costello albums. One star docked for the faux jazz wankage of the instrumentals - it didn't work with the Style Council, and it doesn't work here - and the vague worry that he is slowly turning into Eric Clapton.
Música melódica. Tranquila muy atonal
OK, so Wild Wood itself is one of the best tracks of the early 1990s. The rest of the album, I'd take or leave. But Wild Wood is the tits, yo.
Pretty cool rock album. Nothing mind blowing but solid and interesting.
I enjoyed this - lovely acoustic sounds, clean production, a relaxing listen.
I can't say I've followed Paul Weller's career in detail. I do like mostly everything I've heard from The Jam. Coming in sort of neutral. Not neutral anymore; this album is fantastic. At first listen, you get a laid back 70's California Rock feel adding Paul Weller's soulful voice (not a bad thing). But upon further listening, you hear much, much more and appreciate the complexity and maturity of this album as whole. "Has My Fire Really Gone Out" has a blues riff with a harmonica and a killer guitar solo. "Country" is softly acoustic sounding like something off Led Zeppelin III. I had to make sure it wasn't Blind Faith I had on listening to "Foot of the Mountain." Looking at Paul Weller's impressive discography, I'll need to check out more.
Maybe not quite his best (I prefer Illumination) but a very high level of quality is sustained from start to finish and oh was it good to get the Modfather back to recording. It’s a fully worthy installment in the Weller canon, the rest of which certainly should not be slept on. 3.6 > 4.
Great singer and song writer, so good!
Yes it's fairly generic, yes it is straight up dad rock but I really enjoyed it. I'm not considering joining the middle aged weller cult just yet. There's enough of them round here and I have no desire to stand like a penguin with a broom up my arse in a pair of gazelles, a Fred Perry shirt, a Parker and possibly a baker boy hat over the long sided hairdo. Goldie lookin chain did a good one about the Weller cult when that whole sea shanty thing was a thing.
Brilliant. The drums are really interesting, and the rest of the music and lyrics really good too. Not the best Weller album, but very very good
Today a case of not what I wanted, but perhaps what I needed...day two of a Sunday hangover, lack of sleep and waking to hayfever irritation and strong grumpiness, I was hoping for something fresh, uplifting, something else...I got Weller's Wild Wood...by no means a terrible album, but the thought of the miserable old git deepened my funk. Stepping out to walk the dog, the album covered me with a blanket, told me to stop sulking and let go. His snarky moan warmed by soulful glow and a filthy band
Great and versatile rock album. Can hear lots of different influences/directions in this one, from Britpop, Blues, Folk, Country. Slightly too long but never boring
Imagine my surprise when I enjoyed the first few tracks of this record, and found out it was one of the members of the Jam, a band I've gotten two albums from on this list. I've been extremely whelmed by the Jam's 60s pastiche, but for some reason, Weller's solo Clapton (and occasional Dylan) pastiche is really working for me. The album is a little bloated, and the old man "Maybe the world will fix itself" ("Moon in your Pyjamas"), first-attempt-at-writing-a-meanful-song lyricisim can grate a little. But it's overall solid. Favorite tracks: "5th Season", "Sunflower", "All The Pictures on The Wall"
Very good but need to spend more time with it again to cement 4 stars
-"Sunflower" is a solid jam -"Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)" and Has My Fire Really Gone Out?" both become great jams. Also, "5th Season gets into a full jam with keyboard and stuff -"Country" is calmer but has appropriate dynamic changes. Same with "Shadow Of The Sun" -"Hung Up" is fun as well -Only a couple songs that are a bit slow, overall very strong -THIS is how you do softer rock, with actual dynamic changes and not just being slow and boring for the entire album
Sunflower, Has my fire really gone out, 5th season
I'm liking this a lot. Very mellow, but some great composition and instrumentation. Occasionally some very uniquely dirty sounding synths used along with some big classic 70's sounding arrangements with flute and horns; I love it. He used to be in the Jam; I can sort of hear it knowing that, though wouldn't have connected those two dots without a wiki. This list is my first exposure to both Weller and the Jam, and I'm quite happy for both.
Prefs: Sunflower, Can You Heal Us (Holy Man), Wild Wood, All The Pictures On The Wall, Has My Fire Really Gone Out?, The Weaver, Shadow of The Sun, Holy Man (reprise), Hung Up Moins pref: Moon on Your Pyjamas
This surprised me. I was expecting a much more mellow Style Council kind of affair, and this wasn’t that. His songwriting has always been strong, but this is a real leap forward.
This was great
I'm not a huge fan of the Jam, and didn't know his solo work so I was expecting not to like this, but I really enjoyed it. No stand out tracks - I felt like all the songs had purpose and art to them. Maybe a bit one tempo, but it's definitely something I will listen t more.
Reflective of this list's bias toward Britain, but this is actually a very good album.
I like this! Sounds familiar, yet I've never heard it before.
Mellow and good listening. The album starts a little slow but builds up. I enjoyed it enough, something I wouldn’t have picked up normally
Liked it! The whole thing is a bit long but I like recently the soft sound. Obviously sunflower is fabulous, like the first half of the album very much.
Really enjoyable album. Classic driving-with-your-dad music. Satisfying, not dull but certainly not overpowering. Almost tricks you into enjoying it while you're busy doing other things. Not thoroughly groundbreaking but extremely solid album you could listen to over again and enjoy just the same
Overlong, but a lot better than he's been in years.
A nice album from the mod father
There were actually a lot of things I liked about this album, but it definitely fell short in other ways.
I'm really quite fond of Paul Weller at any point in his career. Innovative, dedicated, and always willing to stay on his path. I also think he is severely overlooked as a guitarist -- I understand, so many non-shredders are. It's too bad but 'tis the way. On many levels, including but not just Paul Weller's excellent guitar work and songwriting skills, this album is excellent. (So cool he includes an instrumental piece!) Such an interesting artist.
Love this album. A Sunday morning favourite and a career best for Weller
I don’t like Paul Weller but this is a good album.
I have been on the Paul Weller bandwagon since The Jam. Not ever road he goes down works, but when it does, like this release, he is outstanding. A mixture of folk, soul and rock, with a little psychedelic and punk attitude is a powerful combo. The songs are uniformly excellent (Sunflower and Has My Fire Really Gone Out? are standouts for me). This really calls for half stars, but I am stuck on four.
Yep. That's Paul Weller.
1993: Sunflower, Wild Wood
Cool album, favorite parts were where the keys and drums work in tandem as the guitar builds on a winding solo
Good album, one for chilled days
Veel beter dan verwacht blijft country maar luisterbaar
Weller Weller Weller forgettable
It grew on me a bit but it was quite dull
Not bad. Not sure who/where this dude is from, but I enjoyed the album.
Not quite Stanley Road level but still a good album.
Weller habe ich zum Zeitpunkt, als dieses Album erschienen ist, als Vorband zu Grönemeyer live gesehen, der ihn überaus schätzt. Ich kann mich an die Musik überhaupt nicht mehr erinnern und befürchte, das hat Gründe. Netter, in Teilen mehr als einschlägiger Singer-Songwriter-Pop mit Ohrwurm-Gefährdungen. Eben so keine 4 Sterne.
Ended up liking it more than I thought I would. 3.5/5
Big fan of The Jam and Style Council. Not listened to much of his solo stuff though. It's alright.
Sweet and rocky and bluesy. Mama likey
Did not listen
Got too "blue eyed soul" for me, but parts of it I liked. Impossible not to appreciate his guitar playing. Not sure what it means, if anything, but hearing strong similarities between this and Audioslave. For evidence, listen to "Sunflower" and "Dandelion" by Audioslave back to back. The similarities between the guitar playing and singing styles is striking.
Wir wissen alle: godfather of britpop. Britpop lieben wir. Aber gibt mir gerade vor allem Hippie-Revoluzer-Vibes. Aber es ist Pandemie und ich kann nicht einfach auf die Straße rennen. Deshalb bleibe ich zuhause und hör es mir wahrscheinlich nicht nochmal an.
3 - hab kei meinung zu pw
The opening track, "Sunflower", might be my favorite on the album. I've spent more time trying to decide if he sounds like Dave Grohl (currently leaning toward "not really") than trying to decide if I like the album, so it gets a 3. Thank goodness these reviews are anonymous
enjoyable but quite forgettable
Very forgettable album for me, not a bad one, just not one I’ll remember when all is said and done
It was enjoyable - not bad but not great. Seemed like middle-of-the-road kind of album. 6/10.
I only listened to disc 1 because this album was really long. Some songs were catchy but nothing too special.
Really liked the groove on this bluesy, rock album. Out in 1994 (English singer-songwriter) and has that jam band feel but not in an obnoxious way.
Great album, great songs!
Fine I guess, not insulting or bad just didn’t really excite me
Couple of good tracks but doesn't make me want to keep listening
Nice sound, but it's actually boring.
I don't love it, I don't hate it
Very Nice....could not give this album the listening time it deserves. Will have to listen again.
Muito interessante, não conhecia o cantor. Achei agradável, me lembrou Snapshot do Roger Glove e me deixou com vontade de ouvir novamente o album do baixista do Deep Purple.
Good Overdriven Guitar Tones
The artist and the music was new for me. There were elements of Weller's voice (and sometimes the music) that reminded of Steven Stills, with occasional shifts to something similar to the lead singer from Collective Soul. The music was fine, but nothing stood out on my first listen.
Finally an album I already know. This and Stanley Road and you have the best of Paul Weller, prove me wrong…
Super long. There's definitely some gems on this album, but with so many tracks it starts to sound kind of samey, and many of the non-standouts start to become boring. Another new day is rather groovy and a departure from most of the rest of the album. The instrumentals as a whole tend to be a lot different from all the other songs, and I think some of the strongest tracks on the album.
Cool jammish rock, new to me.
Never heard until now. About what I expected. Good guitar driven, singer-songwriter album. Nothing that gave me chills, but nothing that made me want to turn it off. Would revisit.
Listenable, but nothing stood out as spectacular. I could see this as daytime bar background music.
This album was okay, but ultimately didn't hold my interest. Weirdly, if I hadn't known when it was recorded, I would have assumed it was from the 70s. 3/5
There's nothing specific I can point to about Paul Weller's music that I dislike, but at the same time there's really nothing that stands out to me either. It's good, but doesn't blow me away like it apparently does for some people. 3 stars.
I mean....the album itself is fine in isolation.....but this is the main driving force behind The Jam making a collection of songs that are polished melodic and maybe even slightly middle aged? If you're going to listen to one Weller album....it wouldn't be this one.....and it wouldn't be a Style Council one either
Actually thought this was better than I was expecting it to be. Recognised a few tracks, like Wild Wood. Clearly a really talented musician. Had no idea he used to be the frontman for The Jam. Tricky to rate, I probably wouldn't go back and listen again but it was clearly decent, just not so much my 'Jam'...
Good album , not great , not bad .
Not really my style, but with that said not a bad album. He does what he set out to do well I just don't love it.
-sunflower is in the same vein as another 90s hard rock but what is it -the song can you heal us (holy men) is more my style feels similar to Tracy chapman I dig it -the opening track feels very different then the two follow up. the cowdoy feel on wild wood I really enjoy -what is up with the funky instrumental this album keeps switching it up on me -has my fire really gone out is fucking sick that solo at the end is nutty -the goes back to more of that sound from the first track I. not as into it as the other tracks. 2 stars feels too low the album had some cool tracks but ultimately I wasn't super interested in a majority of it idk