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Wake Up the Nation [Import]

Paul WellerAudio CD
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There are very few artists who’ve enjoyed the kind of success and influence over four decades that Paul Weller has. Even to this day he has been on a never-ending creative peak and retains a constant critical high, continuing to push boundaries from one day to the next. Artists like Paul Weller are well within their rights to enjoy the fruits of their labor at leisure. They might tour a ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Weller Store

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island UK
  • ASIN: B00385Y9M4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Moonshine
2. Wake Up the Nation
3. No Tears To Cry
4. Fast Car/Slow Traffic
5. Andromeda
6. In Amsterdam
7. She Speaks
8. Find the Torch, Burn the Plans
9. Aim High
10. Trees
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Disc: 2
1. Wake Up the Nation [Zinc's the Crackhouse Remix]
2. Fast Car/Slow Traffic [Erland & the Carnival Carnivalization] [Version]
3. Grasp & Still Connect [the Bees Version] [Version]
4. She Speaks [Tunng Remix]
5. Andromeda [Richard Hawley Remix]
6. In Amsterdam [Noonday Underground Remix]
7. No Tears To Cry [Leo Zero Remix]
8. Find the Torch, Burn the Plans [Prawns In the Sun Remix By Little Vampi
9. Aim High/Pieces of a Dream [the Amorphous Androgynous Remix]: Aim High
10. Aim High/Pieces of a Dream [the Amorphous Androgynous Remix]: Pieces of
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Editorial Reviews

Deluxe UK two CD edtion features a bonus disc of remixes from the likes of Richard Hawley, The Bees and Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 2010 album from the veteran British singer/songwriter and former leader of The Jam and The Style Council. The follow up to the Brit Award-winning 22 Dreams, Wake Up The Nation is Paul Weller's 10th studio album in his 18 year solo career. Coming 28 years after The Jam split up, two tracks on Wake Up The Nation feature his first band's bass player Bruce Foxton, as well as contributions from My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields, The Move's Bev Bevan and legendary session drummer Clem Cattini. Includes the single 'No Tears To Cry'. Universal.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waking up the world! April 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ever since Paul Weller rediscovered his creative mojo on 2008's "22 Dreams", he's been firing from all cylinders. Hooking up, for the first time in 28 years with Bruce Foxton from The Jam on bass, this is just as creative and eclectic as its predecessor though briefer at 16 tracks.

With an average song length of 3 minutes, the album flies past in little or no time, opening with the bombast of "Moonshine" (with a nice piano riff and atonal guitar breaks), and the chugging "Wake up the nation" both vintage Weller Rockers. The majestic "No tears left to cry" is sixties Rock/Pop, while the gently galloping "She speaks" is filled with jangly and gritty guitars and reverb.

The psychedelic "Andromeda" is captivating with tender lyrics ("My mood gets lifted with the gravity's pull/Looks like I'm smiling but I'm dying too"), while "Whatever next" is a brief instrumental with chiming effects.

The falsetto-sung "Aim high" is groovy Motown-style Soul, while the absolutely brilliant "Trees" is a constantly morphing Blues/Jazz/Rock delight with haunting female harmonies, at just over 4 minutes, a 5 part mini Rock Opera (inspired, he says, by visiting his dad just before he died). "Grasp & still connect" is Blues with hyperactive percussion, "7 & 3 is the striker's name" is a woozy Rocker, while the lovely retro "Pieces of a dream" is filled with magical piano swirls.

Most of the lyrics were apparently made up spontaneously in the studio, resulting in a free form, relaxed delivery. At almost 52, the Modfather confirms he's in the midst of a seriously impressive creative rebirth. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Twasn't Love On First Listen November 7, 2011
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You have to give Paul Weller credit, he plays what he wants to play, critics and fans be damned. We should all be grateful that he doesn't feed us warmed-over musical pap left over from his last burst of musical energy but always seems to come up with something new and challenging. On Wake Up the Nation, it is no different. Experimental is the word. He really comes out swinging and charges hard and fast, punching out sixteen songs in just under three-quarters of an hour.
Though it reminds me in the way it flows of Elvis Costello's great Imperial Bedroom and Spike albums, it sure wasn't love at first listen. As a matter of fact I didn't like it at all the first time I heard it. But this is Paul Weller, and I knew I'd eventually come around and so I have. And though this doesn't reach the glory of what I consider to be his best solo effort, As Is Now, it is a fine album nevertheless.
Here's what I like best: The title cut; No Tears to Cry; the driving Find the Torch, Burn the Plans; Aim High, a song unmistakeably Weller; the rocking Grasp and Still Connect; and the raucous Two Fat Ladies.
Paul Weller is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters on the scene today and along with the aforementioned Costello, should certainly be considered in the first rank of those who came from punk. He reinvents himself continually and it takes an adventurous listener to stay with him through thick and thin. But those who do will be aurally rewarded.
Wake Up the Nation is housed in a standard jewel box and is accompanied by an attractive booklet containing album info, lyrics, a few pictures, and a little commentary. If you are a true Weller fan, give this one a chance even if you are turned off at first as some have been. It's bound to grow on you and you will be glad you stayed with it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars All over the map, but if you like musical travelling.... February 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
One thing I can say is that Paul gets an A for ambition here - the 16 songs, clocking in at barely 40 minutes, are stylistically all over the map here. Whether that makes it a tour de force or a bloody mess -- that's for you to decide.

What's jumping out at me the most, naturally, are the more Jam-like (especially their Sound Affects/ripping-off-Revolver period) songs, especially the highlight for me so far in the quasi-psychedelic "Find the Torch/Burn the Plans," its melodic counterpart and more Carnaby Street-feeling closer "Two Fat Ladies," the title song which features our old neo-Mod buddy intoning "We're gonna wake up the nation / Don't be no drag," and "Fast Car/Slow Traffic" which probably could've qualified for (the now almost 35-year-old) In the City, for crying out loud.

On the more psyched-up side'd be "Andromeda," "She Speaks," and the almost Stranglers-like "7 & 3 Is the Striker's Name" ("my wings are clipped / but I still might fly away" - nice). Soul Paul is still more than present here too, in the rollicking opener "Moonshine," "No Tears to Cry," and "Aim High" (including a sampling from the old Blood Sweat & Tears song "Spinning Wheel.") The instrumental "In Amsterdam" ventures back into Style-Council café music territory. And don't even ask me about "Trees," which changes genres five times in the same freaking song (and by small coincidence, at 4+ minutes is the only song that breaks 3:10 here).

Not a bad guest list here, by the way. In addition to finally having Bruce Foxton back in the fold, we also got Kevin Shields, Bev Bevan (!) and Clem Cattini (!!!).

Paul's voice has gotten a little more shrill and clipped over the years, but the urgency and restlessness that marks his best work clearly hasn't waned here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Fish From the Paper...Fresh From the Sea..."
Paul Weller's "Wake Up the Nation" from 2010, is basically a continuation of the musical exploration/direction that began with 2005's "As Is Now", more or less. Read more
Published 7 months ago by CARLOS ROMERO
5.0 out of 5 stars Weller and Foxton are Back!
Listening to Bruce Foxton backing Weller's vocals is worth five stars all by itself. And six more words are required.
Published 16 months ago by Keith Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars still really love it- flaws and all
some die hard jam and weller fans dismiss this one, but I still like it. "Andromeda", the psychedelic dreamy one, is worth it. I saw him live in the 90s, the "UH, huh, Oh Yeah" (? Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by Baranabus
4.0 out of 5 stars great album from the modfather
after 22 dreams came out in 2008 i wasn't sure if paul was taking a break from music or what.I picked up wake up the nation and was surprised it had gumption and great song writing... Read more
Published on January 24, 2011 by belmarbrat
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm in Love....
..with this album right now and am eagerly awaiting my Vinyl copy in the post.

I've never been what you would call a P.W. or Jam fan. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by anthony reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the songs; hate the mix
I dig all the songs on this CD: sincere lyrics, honest performances; hooky riffs and melodies, stimulating sound experiments, etc. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by George Griggs
2.0 out of 5 stars challenging and overproduced
If this is not Paul Weller's album, I would stop listening after several songs. I have grown up with the Jam records, liked Style Council and I have really enjoyed 22 Dreams, so I... Read more
Published on January 5, 2011 by Josef K.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Weller's best
If you like Paul Weller, this albums is a must-own. It has some of the best songs he has written and (unlike some of his records) is great to listen to as one piece of music. Read more
Published on September 28, 2010 by Downstream
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to listen to this one...
I have been a huge fan of Paul Weller since the moment I heard the song "Clues" playing over the speakers at Tower Records (back in 1992), when I bought the CD immediatly and have... Read more
Published on August 16, 2010 by Paul Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars If you liked his 1st solo album, Wildwood, Illumination, and ...
As Is Now... then I DON'T recommend this one. Love this guy to death, has always been a role model for better living, but I really like his more soulful anglings, with the Council... Read more
Published on June 18, 2010 by Mod Rocker
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