Paul Weller Heavy Soul

Heavy Soul

Paul Weller

Released on December 15, 2000 by Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Main artist: Paul Weller

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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Like Stanley Road before it, Heavy Soul is more about vibe than songs. There are a few sharply written tracks here and there, but what's important is the rootsy, stripped-down atmosphere. Paul Weller's soul and R&B influences reign supreme on Heavy Soul, yet they are filtered through late-'60s psychedelia, blues-rock and prog folk, as he takes songs into extended instrumental jams. The band sounds tight, but Weller has suffered a bit of a songwriting slump, which is evidenced by the handful of keepers that form the core of the album. "Up in Suze's Room" is a hazy, folky gem, the soulful apology "I Should Have Been There to Inspire You" is affecting, and "Peacock Suit" is a fine "Changing Man" rewrite, but too much of Heavy Soul is concerned with texture instead of content. That doesn't make it a difficult listen -- in fact, it's quite entertaining while it's playing -- but there isn't much to explore on repeated plays. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:40:40

  1. 1 Heavy Soul (Part 1)

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  2. 2 Peacock Suit (Single / Album Version)

    Marco Nelson, Bass Guitar, Sitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weller, Producer, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer - Steve White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Cradock, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 1996 Go! Discs Ltd.

  3. 3 Up In Suzes' Room

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  4. 4 Brushed

    Mark Nelson, Composer - Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer - Steve White, Composer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  5. 5 Driving Nowhere

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  6. 6 I Should Have Been There To Inspire You

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  7. 7 Heavy Soul (Part 2)

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  8. 8 Friday Street

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  9. 9 Science

    Mark Nelson, Composer - Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer - Steve White, Composer - Martyn 'Max' Heyes, Engineer, StudioPersonnel Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  10. 10 Golden Sands

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  11. 11 As You Lean Into The Light

    Paul Weller, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

  12. 12 Mermaids

    Mark Nelson, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Weller, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Brendan Lynch, Producer - Steve White, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rosie Wetters, String Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Martyn 'Max' Heyes, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jamie Johnston, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - The Wired Strings, Strings, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 1997 Go! Discs Ltd.

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  • Like Stanley Road before it, Heavy Soul is more about vibe than songs. There are a few sharply written tracks here and there, but what's important is the rootsy, stripped-down atmosphere. Paul Weller's soul and R&B influences reign supreme on Heavy Soul, yet they are filtered through late-'60s psychedelia, blues-rock and prog folk, as he takes songs into extended instrumental jams. The band sounds tight, but Weller has suffered a bit of a songwriting slump, which is evidenced by the handful of keepers that form the core of the album. "Up in Suze's Room" is a hazy, folky gem, the soulful apology "I Should Have Been There to Inspire You" is affecting, and "Peacock Suit" is a fine "Changing Man" rewrite, but too much of Heavy Soul is concerned with texture instead of content. That doesn't make it a difficult listen -- in fact, it's quite entertaining while it's playing -- but there isn't much to explore on repeated plays. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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