The NME website is currently allowing you to stream the new Weller album, ’22 Dreams’, ahead of its release on Monday. My advice would be, do so. It’s really rather good. Perhaps even as good as some of the recent orgasmic reviews have suggested. Listened to ‘As Is Now’ on double vinyl today for the first time. It really is a wonderful record and I remain baffled by its failure to sell. If you haven’t bought it since it’s come down to, oh I dunno, £1.27 or thereabouts, then you’re a muppet. I know I risk alienating the casual reader with a remark like that, but there you go, eh? Life’s too short to hold grudges. Apart from in the case of George Lamb, obviously. What was I saying? Oh yeah, go here…
and scroll down to the Paul Weller Media Player section. You’ll need to register, but they don’t want much info. Then click and you’re off. Enjoy.
*It’s a track on the album.
Plus, you can hear the new album from, the rather fabulous, Ron Sexsmith here. I’ve not listened to it all yet, but if you like the old stuff you’ll like this. A little like Spiritualized, each album has plenty in common with the previous one, but if you like one, you’ll like them all. Have a listen. It’s free. That seems less of an endorsement than I’d meant. Never mind.