Sonik Kicks

Sonik Kicks

by Paul Weller
     
 

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Take the title of Sonik Kicks as literally as that of its predecessor, the galvanizing 2010 Wake Up the Nation. Sonik Kicks delivers upon its titular promise immediately, coming to life with the stuttering electronic pulse of "Green," which immediately sweeps into a brightly colored psychedelic chorus, one of

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Take the title of Sonik Kicks as literally as that of its predecessor, the galvanizing 2010 Wake Up the Nation. Sonik Kicks delivers upon its titular promise immediately, coming to life with the stuttering electronic pulse of "Green," which immediately sweeps into a brightly colored psychedelic chorus, one of many dense collages and sudden shifts Paul Weller offers on his 11th solo album. Some of this contains echoes of the sprawling, picturesque double-album 22 Dreams, the 2008 record that began his latter-day renaissance, but Weller is determined not to repeat himself on Sonik Kicks, pushing himself into startling fresh territory with abandon. What's striking about the record is how much mileage he gets by rearranging old tropes, finding freshness in familiar sounds twisted so heavily they no longer sound comfortable. Aside from a slight hint of Krautrock, filtered through Berlin-era Bowie, there's no unexpected new sound or style here, but Sonik Kicks vibrates with vitality, Weller and his co-producer Simon Dine finding unexpected connections and crevices within his signature vintage soul, mod rock, and progressive folk. As good as these songs are -- and they are, whether it's the sly self-laceration of "That Dangerous Age" or the gentle sway of "By the Waters" -- what truly defines Sonik Kicks is, well, its aural stimulation. This is a record that buzzes with ideas, it's giddy with the noise it makes, and once its initial rush fades away, it still has plenty to offer in substantive songs and sheer sonic pleasure.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2012
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0602527898056
catalogNumber:
2789805

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Weller   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Mellotron,farfisa organ
Graham Coxon   Electric Guitar
Marco Nelson   Bass
Noel Gallagher   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar
Steve Cradock   Acoustic Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Aziz Ibrahim   Acoustic Guitar
Charles Rees   Percussion,Drums
Simon Dine   Electric Guitar,Loops
David Nock   Drums
Andy Crofts   Bass,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vibes
Steve Pilgrim   Drums,Background Vocals
Roger Nowell   Bass
Mac Weller   Background Vocals
Leah Weller   Background Vocals
Hannah Weller   Background Vocals
Ben Gordelier   Drums
Andy Lewis   Bass,Celeste,Glockenspiel,Vibes

Technical Credits

Sean O'Hagan   String Arrangements
Paul Weller   Producer
Charles Rees   Engineer
Jamie Johnson   Engineer
Simon Dine   Producer
Jan "Stan" Kybert   Additional Production
Andy Crofts   String Arrangements
Stan Kybert   Programming
Michael Horovitz   Poetry

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