AOTY 2019

True Meanings

Paul Weller - True Meanings
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2018 Ratings: #284 / 736
User Score
Based on 11 ratings
September 14, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Parlophone, Warner Bros. / Label
Folk Rock, Rock / Genres
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The Telegraph

It is his most bucolic and pastoral work, balancing folky guitars, orchestral strings and mellifluous horns, with Weller crooning in his softest, most gently modulated tones. And yet, at the age of 60, a fire still burns within him.


It’s a lengthy, beautiful work, and undoubtedly a late career high from one of the most important, courageous songwriters in the country.


The stateliness of the orchestral arrangements prevents True Meanings from slipping into a hazy folk netherworld. All the strings and brass not only accentuate the songs, highlighting the jazzy changes of "Soul Searchers" or the light swing of "Gravity," they help frame this measured song cycle, directing attention to how Weller isn't wallowing, he's meditating upon love, loss, and hope as he enters his sixties.

The Guardian
On turning 60, the reluctant nostalgist finally allows time for some reflection, with a set of dreamily autumnal, wistful, even melancholy songs.
The Observer
With backing from his regular band, plus guest spots from Martin Carthy and Rod Argent among others, Weller sounds at ease with this more introspective material, the lush orchestration acting as a perfect foil to his voice.
A.V. Club
Forty-plus years into his career, the Modfather has once again ripped up his own playbook—and released a singular album.
Northern Transmissions

Though there’s some truly beautiful moments on this record, Weller doesn’t push the limits enough to make a standout.


Though this is probably Weller’s most distinctive album—he’s never made one like it—True Meanings is not necessarily his most memorable

The Independent

True Meanings is an interesting, if not transcendent, addition to the Weller canon.

Even when handing his music to other musicians to scrawl their lyrical signatures across, Weller makes ‘True Meanings’ sound deeply personal and intimate. Very nice… now back to the game-changing.
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Year End Lists

#9/Q Magazine

Track List

  1. The Soul Searchers
  2. Glide
  3. Mayfly
  4. Gravity
  5. Old Castles
  6. What Would He Say?
  7. Aspects
  8. Bowie
  9. Wishing Well
  10. Come Along
  11. Books
  12. Movin On
  13. May Love Travel with You
  14. White Horses
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