"A Kind Revolution" is the thrteenth solo album by English singer-songwriter and musician Paul Weller, released on 12 May 2015 through Parlophone, Warner Bros. Records.
The 13th full-length solo studio release for the British singer-songwriter was co-produced with Jan "Stan" Kybert and features guest appearances from PP Arnold, Madeleine Bell, Boy George, The Strypes' guitarist Josh McClorey, and Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt.
At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 88, based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Every song is a standout: the opener Woo Sé Mama (with backing vocals by PP Arnold and Madeline Bell) is happy enough and New Orleansy enough to pass for Dr John in a very good mood, while the ballad Long Long Road is a distant cousin of both Let It Be and The Dark End Of The Street. Best of all is a guest vocal from a throaty soul singer who turns out to be Boy George (there is a slight surreal brilliance to the contributors: sadly Marilyn does not offer a bongo solo). And all these tunes are backed up by a band who seem, like Weller, to be really enjoying themselves.
At an age when most artists are keener to trudge up and down the nostalgia circuit, making albums that even they don’t want to listen to, Paul Weller is enjoying an enviable creative resurgence. Let’s hope it never stops. --- teamrock.com User Comments