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ALBUM REVIEW: Paul Weller – Saturns Pattern (Warner Bros. / Parlophone) 2015

Are you ready for a truly Saturnian LP from a true artist and musician? Well, I first listened to it the other day and haven’t stopped listening to it (and yes, Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is noted for it curious hexagonal north pole that is linked to Earth via CERN, or something...).

The first track on Paul Weller’s fantastic new album, Saturns Pattern, is called “White Sky.” With its mix of blues and psychedelic rock, plus that singing style and musical flair unique to the beloved “Modfather” (who led both The Jam and The Style Council three decades ago, to critical acclaim), this song (a current single from Saturns Pattern) really scratches my musical itch, much like 2002’s Illumination did.

Weller is an absolute class act and I would go so far as to say Saturns Pattern is his best ever solo album. He captures a mood. A vibe. An atmosphere. It’s palpable and absolutely bewitching.

Check out “Pick It Up,” featring fine bass/drum interplay between Weller and drummer Ben Gordelier. Weller’s vocal reminds me of Cream-era Eric Clapton, circa 1966. Yes, there is a retro vibe twisting and turning on these songs.

There’s a cool confidence about these songs. This is a man comfortable in his own musical skin, and as he dives into the title track, followed by equally hypnotic earworms, the listener can’t help but find themselves putting the album on repeat.

And while his 2012 album Sonik Kicks went number one in his native England, I would think Saturns Pattern could go to whatever number is above number one. Yep, that good!

Weller ends Saturns Pattern (only 9 tracks in all) on a seductive note with the exquisite and groovy “These City Streets,” which has a bit of a mysterioso 70’s vibe about them. You actually feel you’re there on some lonely city street, late at night, watching as Weller walks into the shadows in an overcoat, the rain gently falling …

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