Heavy Soul

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Stanley Road before it, Heavy Soul is more about vibe than songs. There are a few sharply written tracks here and there, but what's important is the rootsy, stripped-down atmosphere. Paul Weller's soul and R&B influences reign supreme on Heavy Soul, yet they are filtered through late-'60s psychedelia, blues-rock and prog folk, as he takes songs into extended instrumental jams. The band sounds tight, but Weller has suffered a bit of a songwriting slump, which is evidenced by the handful of keepers that form the core of the album. "Up in Suze's Room" is a hazy, folky gem, the soulful apology "I Should Have Been There to Inspire You" is affecting, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Like Stanley Road before it, Heavy Soul is more about vibe than songs. There are a few sharply written tracks here and there, but what's important is the rootsy, stripped-down atmosphere. Paul Weller's soul and R&B influences reign supreme on Heavy Soul, yet they are filtered through late-'60s psychedelia, blues-rock and prog folk, as he takes songs into extended instrumental jams. The band sounds tight, but Weller has suffered a bit of a songwriting slump, which is evidenced by the handful of keepers that form the core of the album. "Up in Suze's Room" is a hazy, folky gem, the soulful apology "I Should Have Been There to Inspire You" is affecting, and "Peacock Suit" is a fine "Changing Man" rewrite, but too much of Heavy Soul is concerned with texture instead of content. That doesn't make it a difficult listen -- in fact, it's quite entertaining while it's playing -- but there isn't much to explore on repeated plays.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/1997
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 731452427724
  • Catalog Number: 5242772
  • Sales rank: 82,279

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Weller Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Zither, Tamboura, Hand Clapping, Vibes
Jools Holland Wurlitzer
Mark Nelson Sitar, Ukulele, Vocals, Zither
Brendan Lynch Accordion, Harmonium, Mini Moog
Steve Cradock Guitar
Rosie Wetters Vocals
Max Hayes Hand Clapping
Steve White Percussion
The Wired Strings Strings
Technical Credits
Steve White Composer
Martin Hayes Engineer
Brendan Lynch Sound Effects, Producer
Paul Weller Producer
Rosie Wetters String Arrangements
Max Hayes Sound Effects, Remixing
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