22 Dreams

22 Dreams

by Paul Weller

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22 Dreams

If eclecticism were a crime, Paul Weller would be rotting away in Britain's Strangeways prison for decades now. Ever since he broke up the new wave /punk trio the Jam in 1982, Weller has followed his own muse exclusively, dodging limiting musical categories. His new 22 Dreams is unsurprisingly all over the map: pure pop, raucous rock, airy exotica, classic R&B, and folk rock are all convincingly essayed, only to be left on the wayside until their creator returns to them when the mood strikes him. And yet, somehow, it all holds together. Credit it to a Weller's authoritative voice; literally, as an emotive and adaptable singer free of affectation and as a craftsman who can imbue differing styles with unmistakable personal touches. Weller's influences are hidden in plain sight (hear how Weller "transforms" the Electric Prune's immortal "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" into the winking title track) yet this gleeful musical packrat has a knack for artfully sculpting the sounds of the past into contemporary pleasures much like peak era Todd Rundgren. So the shifting, spacey grooves (complete with piano and trumpet work from the legendary Robert Wyatt) of the instrumental tribute to Alice Coltrane ("Song for Alice") can somehow rest easily between the heartbreaking ballad "Invisible," with Weller eloquently accompanying himself on piano, and the neo-classic soul "Cold Moments," itself so reminiscent of Weller's accessible Style Council work. Musical schmorgasbords can often veer from embarrassments of riches to mere embarrassments, but the satisfactions of 22 Dreams match its abundance.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/2008
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602517656574
catalogNumber: 1765657

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Weller   Primary Artist
Robert Wyatt   Piano,Trumpet
Graham Coxon   Drums
John McCusker   Violin
Arlia de Ruiter   Violin
Noel Gallagher   Bass,Piano,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Steve Cradock   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Celeste,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Mellotron,Bazouki
Aziz Ibrahim   Spoken Word
Andy Lewis   Bass,Cello
Charles Rees   Piano,Drums,Harmonium,Moog Synthesizer,Moog Bass
Lorre Lynn Trytten   Violin,Viola
Simon Dine   Guitar,Mandolin,Percussion,Horn,Marimbas,Moog Synthesizer,Performing Ensemble,cowbell,Siren,Moog Bass
Barrie Cadogan   Guitar
Lewis Wharton   Bass,Drums
Steve White   Drums
Gem Archer   Guitar,Mellotron

Technical Credits

Paul Weller   Composer
Noel Gallagher   Composer
Steve Cradock   Composer,Producer
Simon Halfon   Cover Design
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Charles Rees   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Simon Dine   Composer,Producer,Orchestration

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