Six months ago today, an Instagram photo from Andy Crofts all but confirmed rumours that he was going to replace Andy Lewis on bass in Paul Weller’s band. Although I’ve now grown to love the new band setup with Tom van Heel taking Crofts’ place on keys and the Moons frontman on bass, Andy Lewis is the bassist I associate with my earliest memories of seeing Weller’s band.
31st May 2017, 8:20pm CET: Pictures frontman Maze Exler calmly puts down his guitar, reaches on top of a nearby amp and picks up a cigarette. He lights it but the flame doesn’t last for more than five seconds of his wandering around. He flicks his lighter again and this time the flame takes. He wanders over to the microphone in the centre of the Huxleys Neue Welt stage and slowly begins singing. We already knew from Ole Fries’ guitar intro exactly what it was going to be.
So, having managed a couple of listens, I thought I’d post my brief initial thoughts on Paul Weller’s album A Kind Revolution, released today. This is by no means a complete review, just what I’ve picked up so far.
It’s only eight days to go until 12th May, the day Paul Weller’s latest studio album A Kind Revolution is released on Parlophone. And after three extremely positive reviews (five stars from Pat Gilbert in Mojo and 8/10s from John Lewis in Uncut and David Quantick in Classic Rock) it’s looking like a good one. We’ve been teased snippets of most of the songs and heard several live on the recent UK tour (which I reviewed here), so here is a list of what we know about the songs on the album so far…