"True Meanings" is the fourteenth studio album by English singer-songwriter Paul Weller released 14 September 2018 through PLG UK Frontline.
The LP features a range of tracks and more guest artists than any previous Paul Weller album, including long-time friend of Weller's, Noel Gallagher.
Maybe it’s inevitable that British singers with a penchant for sharp suits will eventually make a crooner album. Elvis Costello did it twice with Burt Bacharach, and Rod Stewart has mined five volumes in his Great American Songbook series. Now it’s Paul Weller’s turn with True Meanings, a surprisingly tender collection of songs from a guy who is sometimes thought of as brusque.
Though this is probably Weller’s most distinctive album—he’s never made one like it—True Meanings is not necessarily his most memorable. The songs here are frequently gorgeous in their arrangement and production, but they’re not the kinds of tunes you’re likely to find stuck in your head. Rather, Weller’s 14th album is a striking display of his range as a writer and performer. If it was inevitable that he would someday end up here, it’s also no surprise that he arrived in style.
Reviewed by Eric R. Danton for pastemagazine.com.