On Sunset

Paul Weller - On Sunset
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2020 Ratings: #204 / 675
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2020 Ratings: #805
July 3, 2020 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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The Guardian

With enough melodies to appease the feather-cut-dads fanbase, and enough experimentation to slake his own curveball tastes, this is have-your-cake-and-eat-it Weller.


It might not be quite the experimental opus you feel Weller’s still holding back, but that feels a churlish complaint when the songs are this well-written.


On Sunset proves that although Paul Weller is more than 40 years into his musical career, he sounds as fresh and inspired as ever.

A testament to vehement artistry, ‘On Sunset’ finds Paul Weller refusing to let his fire dim.
American Songwriter
Each track lists a dozen or more players. And while that creates complex, occasionally ornate instrumentation, the songs never feel cluttered or overly busy. Rather Weller carefully crafts this music, shifting moods and using the players to enhance songs that are as well, soulful and heavy, as anything he has created.

The ever-changing sound exists largely on the surface, not the songs themselves, as they're sturdy, winning tunes that find Weller in an appealing troubadour mode. What's different about On Sunset is that expansive hybrid of electronic and R&B, a fusion colored by just enough experimentation and craft to make the album feel fresh and distinctly belonging to Weller.

Paul Weller is one of the few legends from the 70s that has constantly been making music of quality and from one project to another has evolved his sound. His legacy having helped pioneer British Punk as the lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of The Jam, vanguard of Sophisti-Pop in the 80s as The Style Council and since the 90s performed under his own name. Across these 3 projects, he has released 25 albums of which 15 have gone Gold, or better, in sales in the UK. He has regularly worked ... read more
Although I never had on my mind the picture of Paul Weller reaching his sunset, I must confess, when I finally came across reality, I was surprised to watch him handling this unpleasant situation with dignity.
Paul Weller comes through with an enjoyable but somewhat forgettable project.
I always listen to a few of the artist's most popular songs before listening to their newest album if i have never heard of the artist before. I thought Paul Weller was gonna have the same sort of deal with James Taylor or Gordon Lightfoot but i was pleasantly surprised.

Least Favourite : Equanimity, Earth Beat
Unfortunately, all On Sunset is like that too. The album ends up being unnecessarily long, with few really striking and interesting moments and full of tracks that could easily have been cut off or shortened to become at least a little bit memorable. Of course, Weller had an ambition to mix Rock, Folk and Country that he has been working on for a long time in his career with more modern elements — as we see on the first track when he mixes classic elements like drums and guitars with ... read more
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Track List

  1. Mirror Ball
  2. Baptiste
  3. Old Father Tyme
  4. Village
  5. More
  6. On Sunset
  7. Equanimity
  8. Walkin'
  9. Earth Beat
  10. Rockets
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Added on: March 8, 2020