Wake Up the Nation

Paul Weller - Wake Up the Nation
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Based on 13 reviews
2010 Ratings: #71 / 867
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April 20, 2010 / Release Date
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Fast on the heels of the success and acclaim for 2008’s 22 Dreams, Paul Weller’s 10th solo release, Wake Up the Nation, once again illustrates not only his perennial songwriting prowess, but also his incredible staying power amidst artists for whom influence is sporadic and brief at best. “I’m schooled in the test of time,” Weller sings on the roaring opener, “Moonshine”, and it’s clear he’s learned his lessons well after 30-odd years in the music business.

Drowned in Sound

The news that Paul Weller is about to unleash a new album, his twenty-second in all and tenth as a solo artist, won't set many pulses racing outside of those whose excitement levels peaked thirty years ago. Despite possessing one of the most loyal fanbases around, it would be fair to say that musical progression would be about as welcome to your average Weller devotee as Ashley Cole at a Girls Aloud aftershow. In fact, one of the reasons why Weller has maintained such popularity despite releasing largely insipid, generic records for the bulk of his solo career has been down to an unwillingness to step outside of his classic rock meets rhythm and blues comfort zone.

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#9/Q Magazine

Track List

  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
  11. Grasp & Still Connect
  12. Whatever Next 
  13. 7 & 3 Is The Striker's Name
  14. Up The Dosage 
  15. Pieces Of A Dream
  16. Two Fat Ladies

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