Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation: 10th Anniversary Remix Edition (LP)

Wake Up the Nation: 10th Anniversary Remix Edition
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Released in 2010, Wake Up the Nation is the 10th solo studio album from Paul Weller. Hugely acclaimed upon release, it was later nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The record is dedicated to "absent friends" - John Weller, Pat Foxton and Robert Kirby

Reflecting the urgency and claustrophobia of city life, the record dispensed with the acoustic, folky and pastoral influences of Weller's recent work and introduced more jagged rock styles with angry, urban and metallic influences - Diamond Dogs, Low-period Bowie riffs. Very experimental, the record features mostly short songs but with a sense of adventure - often packing a suite's worth of twists into one number. The updated New Orleans shuffle meets bonkers music hall, with many of the left turns arriving via the arrangements - witness the careening chaos after the chorus of Grasp & Still Connect, or the mutating psychedelia of Andromeda.

Amongst the experimentation though, Jam fans will love the tightly wound collaboration with Bruce Foxton on Fast Car/Slow Traffic, the dense dangerous heartbeat and militaristic sound collage of 7&3 Is the Strikers Name (featuring My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields). Style Council fans meanwhile will appreciate the jazz waltz of In Amsterdam or No Tears to Cry - a sublime Walker Brothers style ballad - as well as Aim High, his finest blue-eyed soul ballad in ages.

- Heavyweight Black Vinyl Deluxe LP

1. Moonshine
2. Wake Up the Nation
3. No Tears to Cry
4. Fast Car / Slow Traffic
5. Andromeda
6. In Amsterdam
7. She Speaks
8. Find the Torch, Burn the Plans
9. Aim High
10. Trees
11. Grasp & Still Connect
12. Whatever Next
13. 7 & 3 Is the Strikers Name
14. Up the Dosage
15. Pieces of a Dream
16. Two Fat Ladies