As Is Now [Bonus CD]

As Is Now [Bonus CD]

by Paul Weller

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As Is Now [Bonus CD]

If 2002's Illumination was a warm, laid-back record, Paul Weller's 2005 sequel, As Is Now -- a likeable but unremarkable covers album, Studio 150, appeared in the interim -- is its flip side, a lean, hard-hitting soulful rock & roll album. Not that Weller is returning to the sound of the Jam: he's still with the same band that he's been with since Wild Wood, anchored by drummer Steve White and featuring Ocean Colour Scene members guitarist Steve Cradock and bassist Damon Minghella, and he's working the same musical territory, grounded in Traffic, Humble Pie, '60s soul, and guitar pop. There may be absolutely no surprises here -- even the change of pace "The Start of Forever" is reminiscent of many of his gentler folky tunes, echoing Illumination's mellow vibe -- but for as familiar as As Is Now is, it never sounds lazy; it's a tighter, better record than most of his late-'90s albums. The closest antecedent to As Is Now in Weller's solo catalog is Heavy Soul. Like that 1997 effort, this is a straightforward, no-frills record, heavy on rockers and with few pretensions, but where that album could drift, this is focused and exciting, boasting a stronger set of songs and livelier performances, plus a greater variety of colors and textures in the production. Those subtle differences wind up making a huge difference in the overall effect of As Is Now -- on the surface, it certainly sounds familiar to what came before, but thanks to Weller's muscular, memorable songs and musicianship, it stands apart as one of his more satisfying solo albums. [This edition contains a bonus CD, "Live from Alexandra Palace," featuring visceral performances of "From the Floorboards Up," "Come On/Let's Go," "The Changingman," and the classic "Town Called Malice."]

Product Details

Release Date: 02/14/2006
Label: V2 Int'l
UPC: 5033197382326
catalogNumber: 103823

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Weller   Primary Artist
Benjamin Herman   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Steve Cradock   Guitar,Vocals
Jacko Peake   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Damon Minchella   Bass
Jan Van Duikeren   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mieke Honingh   Viola
Pauline Terlow   Violin
Steve "Supe" White   Drums
Paul John Weller   Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Louk Boudesteijn   Trombone

Technical Credits

Paul Weller   Composer
Simon Halfon   Cover Design
Williem Friede   String Arrangements
Joeri Saal   Engineer
Paul John Weller   Producer

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