The Gift

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All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
As good mods, the Jam always had a healthy respect for R&B and soul -- even the first album featured the revved-up Northern soul of "Non-Stop Dancing." With The Gift, however, Paul Weller seems to have become completely absorbed in it, and more specifically, in Stax-style soul with more than a hint of psychedelia à la "Psychedelic Shack." An uneven album marked by overindulgences like the instrumental "Circus" and unnecessarily long songs, The Gift still has no shortage of terrific songs, like the simply sublime "Ghost," "Town Called Malice" the hit, and the funk workout of "Precious." Weller can obviously do "soulful" -- his voice has never sounded better -- but ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Woodstra
As good mods, the Jam always had a healthy respect for R&B and soul -- even the first album featured the revved-up Northern soul of "Non-Stop Dancing." With The Gift, however, Paul Weller seems to have become completely absorbed in it, and more specifically, in Stax-style soul with more than a hint of psychedelia à la "Psychedelic Shack." An uneven album marked by overindulgences like the instrumental "Circus" and unnecessarily long songs, The Gift still has no shortage of terrific songs, like the simply sublime "Ghost," "Town Called Malice" the hit, and the funk workout of "Precious." Weller can obviously do "soulful" -- his voice has never sounded better -- but unfortunately, The Gift, with its excesses and marginal tracks, doesn't show his talents in the proper light. Points for ambition, but ultimately, this is their least consistent effort since This Is the Modern World.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/9/2004
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731453742222
  • Catalog Number: 5374222
  • Sales rank: 73,298

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Jam Primary Artist
Bruce Foxton Bass, Vocals
Rick Buckler Drums
Russell Henderson Drums, Steel Drums
Steve Nichol Trumpet
Paul Weller Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Pete Wilson Keyboards
Peter Wilson Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Keith Thomas Saxophone
Paul John Weller Keyboards
Russ Henderson Steel Drums
Technical Credits
The Jam Producer
Paul Weller Art Direction, Sleeve Design
Renate Engineer
Peter Wilson Producer
Brian Robson Engineer
Dave Woolley Engineer
Simon Halfon Remixing
Alwyn Clayden Sleeve Design
Kevin Cummins Sleeve Photo
Dennis Munday Reissue Coordinator
Pat Gilbert Liner Notes
Paul John Weller Art Direction
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