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Digitally remastered budget price reissue of 1988 album featuring Paul Weller. Features 11 tracks & 12-page booklet with extensive liner notes & photos. Polydor/Spectrum. 2004.


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • ASIN: B00004WGZL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jamie S. Rich on December 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After making an incendiary noise with The Jam, Paul Weller formed the Style Council in order to do something completely different. CONFESSIONS OF A POP GROUP, the Council's swan song, was where the experiment came to fruition. You may find the use of the word "pop" in the title misleading, but I prefer to think that Weller (along with Mick Talbot and the rest of the band) was stretching pop to its many logical extremes. You're not going to find a lot of dance beats or super-catchy hooks on this record. Instead, you'll find piano suites, soul singing, and lush orchestration, building an overall picture of broken hearts, lofty ideals, and a modern life fraut with pitfalls.
The Style Council are often written off as an overcalculated effort, the weakest period of Weller's career (he followed with a pretty successful solo career). Don't buy it. The Style Council was a daring move for a man who had made his reputation through loud guitars and vitriol. Take this album to heart, give it a chance, search out its center--you'll never want to stop playing it if you do.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LHallwas@IGAinc.com on June 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
"Confessions" was widly meligned by critics and fans of the Style Council alike. As for me, this record changed my life. It was a soundtrack for me personally. I call it the "Pet Sounds" of the eightys simply because of it's lush beauty, and emotional impact. Songs like "Change of the Guard" and "It's a Very Deep Sea" hit hard and cuddle you into a sea of goose-bumps. Why no one seemed to notice is beyond me. The Style Council always stived to do their own thing, and do it as well and as lovingly possible. Their only short coming was to care too much. TSC , it could be said, just weren't made for their times. Funnily enough, Weller speaks of the greed of this period with lyrics full of venom, but sung like a gospel on the title track itself. "Confessions 1,2, and 3" succeeds where their previous album, "The Cost of Loving" failed, in that the lounge element is in full effect, but the arrangements are perfect. Every detail of this record was well thought out, and I'm so glad it's been re-released for a new generation to fall in love with. Pay close attention to the liner notes as well. These too were despised in the U.K., but to anyone who doesn't give a toss about what the critics say, then it could be an added bonus. I was 15 years old when I bought this record, and now I'm 25. I couldn't live without it in my collection. Don't take my word for it, make up your own minds. Still, you may find your heart when you find this album.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott C Elliott on September 23, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Every artist/band puts out their absolute best work at some point of career - Elvis Costello - This Years Model, Chaka Khan - Watcha Gonna Do For Me?, MJ - Thriller, Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues, Simply Red - Picture Book, Hendrix - Are You Experienced, U2 - The Unforgettable Fire, E, W & F - Gratitude, Miles Davis - Birth of Cool, Prince - 1999, Depeche Mode - Violator, Bruce - Born in the USA, Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life, Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?, Cheap Trick - Live at Budokkan, Blondie - Parallel Lines. Well you get the picture.
Paul Weller is a genius songwriter/mood maker. And what a singer! This band - The Style Council - was not a fave of mine early on, but when they took hold of my heart when this album was released they never let go. I bought this one in Tokyo when I was touring as a back-up singer in Japan in 1988 & couldn't believe my ears. One song better than the next. And I got excited everytime it began again!! Still do 14 years later!!
Track 1 - Excellent bouncy opener
Track 2 - Pure soul ballad worthy of note - Weller Stellar!!
Track 3 - I could dance all night to this!!
Track 4 - And then dance some more!!
Track 5 - This sould be a singer's standard - actually mine!!
Track 6 - Ditto!!
Track 7 - If this doesn't pull a tear from your eye...
Track 8 - Fascinating lyric.
Track 9 - OK, where is the incredible Dee C. Lee these days? This 'girl' should be a superstar!!
Track 10 - Gorgeously dramatic piano.
Track 11 - Dee C Lee triumphs again on this track. Would love to hear a Cassandra Wilson interpretation of this one.
I miss this band so much. Thank God they once existed. I may never have known that pop music could be so smart, deep & beautiful!! Thank you much, Cappuccino Kid & Gang!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Zxerce on April 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Style Council normally defy category. Their music ranges from continental jazz, to 80's new wave pop, to house grooves, to ...... If you have not been introduced to this band, fronted by Jam star Paul Weller, then start with a greatest hits compilation. If you are daring, start here.
"Confessions of a Pop Group" is the last (officially) released new work from a great band. The music here ranges from some classical piano songs, to the funky groove of the title track. My personal favorites are the title track, which at six plus minutes seems too short, and the sad story of one night stands depicted in "The Story of Someone's Shoe". Paul Weller's lyrics have never been sharper, but the effort has a lighter feel to it. Paul seems to have dealt with the Thatcher inspired political angst of previous songs like "HomeBreakers" and "Walls Come Tumbling Down", and on this disc we have some pop fair, as well as the foray into the classical sound.
You cannot go wrong with this band, and this CD does not disappoint. The title track alone is worth the price of admission, which is not cheap on the remaster version. If you can find a standard version, you save a few bucks without losing on sound.
While the band is no more, the music lives forever, if only in my CD tray. Buy anything they have done, and note that this last release is something special.
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