Wake Up the Nation: Deluxe Edition
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|Audio CD, Import, April 19, 2010||
Vinyl, Import, April 27, 2010
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Deluxe UK two CD edition 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.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 8.59 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Island Uk
- Date First Available : February 19, 2010
- Label : Island Uk
- ASIN : B00385Y9M4
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #134,424 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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.
Love and Peace,
The covers of the two albums reflect the overall feel of the music fairly well, with Wake Up The Nation being more hazy and in your face than the slightly sharper, often pastoral 22 Dreams.
Unfortunately, the haziness of Wake Up The Nation applies to more than just the arrangements and production. The audio itself suffers from the same lack of clarity, thanks to too much compression and clipped sound waves everywhere. The remixes on disc 2 tend to sound more open, but clipping is still present.
Consequently, there's not as much ebb-and-flow as there could have been, and I find it difficult to maintain interest in the album as a whole. Which is a shame, because Weller is clearly at one of his creative peaks...
Picked up a copy of the LP edition today. The sound is still hazy and lacking in clarity, but I see no signs of clipping so far in my digital backup copy--and dynamic range is *slightly* better (the waveform actually has contours).
Verdict: By a slim margin, the vinyl LP is the best-sounding format for this album.
At the times it sounds like a test record for Hi-Fi equipment. Instead of extra mixes In deluxe verison I would rather listen to 8-track version of same songs.
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