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This is the sixteenth album from the grand old gent of UK pop. A true living legend in England, Paul Weller's slender silhouette has been a fixture on the pop scene since 1982, when he was still the frontman of The Jam, before moving on to head up The Style Council. A major influence on the new wave of Britpop that broke in the 1990s with Oasis and Blur, the Modfather has left in his wake a prodigious litany of albums, marriages and children (eight at the last count). This album title, Fat Pop (Volume 1), fits him to a T. In under forty minutes and across twelve songs, Weller makes yet another foray into pop songwriting, borrowing from all styles and all genres. With a firmly optimistic outlook, the end result is flamboyant, colourful and the lyrics are resolutely positive. Weller makes it clear that no global pandemic will keep him from feeling good, singing and living life to the full! Following a rather restrained, stripped-back Cosmic Fringes, True explodes, softened briefly by a pleasant saxophone, before we come to the playful, elegant title track, Fat Pop, which would not be out of place on an album by Damon Albarn's Gorillaz. A more Beatles-inflected sound, plus the obligatory piano, is to be found on Shades of Blue, a classic ditty in the pop tradition... "Can you see the good things in your life?" Paul Weller asks on Cobweb/Connections, a family ballad (with choirs and the atmosphere of a cheerful get-together) which only serves to add to the feel-good vibe. Throughout the album, Weller's influences, from Curtis Mayfield to Traffic, leave their mark on every track in terms of both vocals and arrangements. Take That Pleasure, for example: it breathes fresh life into seventies soul with soaring violins, a virtuoso percussion section and guitar riffs. Weller is in his element here. After ten tracks, each one a polished pop miniature, the former Jam frontman throws in two longer numbers to finish off the album, lending it a little bit more weight and a touch more in the way of sober reflection. These are In Better Times and the heroic, serious Still Glides the Stream. All in all, this album makes for a vintage Weller listen. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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1
Cosmic Fringes
00:02:20

Paul Weller, Producer, Drums, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

2
True
00:02:07

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Trigg, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Speare, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Gaylard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Boraston, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Lia Metcalfe, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

3
Fat Pop
00:03:19

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Moog Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

4
Shades Of Blue
00:03:06

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Harp, Percussion, Timpani, Bass, Tubular Bells, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Timpani, Bass, Melodica, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Leah Weller, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

5
Glad Times
00:04:03

Anthony Brown, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weller, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hannah Peel, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, Synth Bass, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Fiona Cruickshank, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - White Label, Producer, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Doyle, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Wurlitzer Electric Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Trigg, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Boraston, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Paraorchestra, Orchestra - Paul "Lefty" Wright, Sarangi, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

6
Cobweb / Connections
00:02:56

Stella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Kotono Sato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Peel, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Antonia Pagulatos, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Clapping, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Pilgrim, Drums, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Katy Cox, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

7
Testify
00:02:53

Andy Fairweather Low, Vocals, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacko Peake, Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Trigg, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Pilgrim, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

8
That Pleasure
00:03:32

Paul Weller, Producer, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Bass, Mellotron, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Hannah Peel, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Fiona Cruickshank, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, Programming, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paraorchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

9
Failed
00:02:43

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Brookes, Slide Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2020 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

10
Moving Canvas
00:02:54

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Bass, Rhodes , Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, Harp, Percussion, Timpani, Bass, Tubular Bells, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Trigg, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Pilgrim, Clapping, Conga, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Speare, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Gaylard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Boraston, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

11
In Better Times
00:04:47

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Harp, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Phil Veacock, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cradock, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Bass, Acoustic Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Pilgrim, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

12
Still Glides The Stream
00:04:07

Paul Weller, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Cradock, String Arranger, Harp, Percussion, Timpani, Bass, Tubular Bells, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hannah Peel, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Rees, Producer, Editor, Engineer, Additional Producer, StudioPersonnel - Fiona Cruickshank, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Andy Crofts, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jacko Peake, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Jan "Stan" Kybert, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Trigg, Trumpet, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Pilgrim, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Gordelier, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Speare, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Gaylard, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Boraston, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tom Heel, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Paraorchestra, Orchestra

℗ 2021 Solid Bond Productions Ltd.

Album Description

This is the sixteenth album from the grand old gent of UK pop. A true living legend in England, Paul Weller's slender silhouette has been a fixture on the pop scene since 1982, when he was still the frontman of The Jam, before moving on to head up The Style Council. A major influence on the new wave of Britpop that broke in the 1990s with Oasis and Blur, the Modfather has left in his wake a prodigious litany of albums, marriages and children (eight at the last count). This album title, Fat Pop (Volume 1), fits him to a T. In under forty minutes and across twelve songs, Weller makes yet another foray into pop songwriting, borrowing from all styles and all genres. With a firmly optimistic outlook, the end result is flamboyant, colourful and the lyrics are resolutely positive. Weller makes it clear that no global pandemic will keep him from feeling good, singing and living life to the full! Following a rather restrained, stripped-back Cosmic Fringes, True explodes, softened briefly by a pleasant saxophone, before we come to the playful, elegant title track, Fat Pop, which would not be out of place on an album by Damon Albarn's Gorillaz. A more Beatles-inflected sound, plus the obligatory piano, is to be found on Shades of Blue, a classic ditty in the pop tradition... "Can you see the good things in your life?" Paul Weller asks on Cobweb/Connections, a family ballad (with choirs and the atmosphere of a cheerful get-together) which only serves to add to the feel-good vibe. Throughout the album, Weller's influences, from Curtis Mayfield to Traffic, leave their mark on every track in terms of both vocals and arrangements. Take That Pleasure, for example: it breathes fresh life into seventies soul with soaring violins, a virtuoso percussion section and guitar riffs. Weller is in his element here. After ten tracks, each one a polished pop miniature, the former Jam frontman throws in two longer numbers to finish off the album, lending it a little bit more weight and a touch more in the way of sober reflection. These are In Better Times and the heroic, serious Still Glides the Stream. All in all, this album makes for a vintage Weller listen. © Yan Céh/Qobuz

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