I’ve never quite understood why Paul Weller doesn’t get the critical acclaim and respect he deserves in the United States. In Europe he’s been a big star for a very long time. Starting in his late teens with the punk rock band The Jam and then in 1980s in his soul, jazz and classical influenced partnership with Mick Talbot called the Style Council he has been writing thoughtful, complex and sometimes provocative songs pulling from multiple music genres. His creative influences are vast and it’s obvious. It has been a pleasure to follow “The Modfather” on his 35 year artistic journey. You never know what’s coming next. He has been solo since the early 1990s and his experimentation and great songwriting have only improved with age like a fine wine.
This particular version of the song ‘Brand New Start” is off a 2002 acoustic tour and follow-up album Days of Speed. I actually prefer many of the acoustic versions to the original versions of his songs. There is a rawness and emotion to his voice and playing which is quite captivating. This song speaks for itself and the lyrics are certainly an inspiration.
- Contest: Paul Weller At The Greek Theatre (thescenestar.typepad.com)
- Paul Weller busts out “Start” at this year’s V Festival (theredradio.typepad.com)
- Review: Paul Weller, Matthew Ryan @ Royale (7/28/13) (klyam.com)