Fat Pop (Volume 1)

Paul Weller - Fat Pop (Volume 1)
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #136 / 327
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
May 14, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut

To keep that hunger alive, you need to feed it with new inspirations. What you can hear on Fat Pop is the reciprocation of that care.

90
Spill Magazine

Consisting of 12 mostly upbeat tracks, Fat Pop (Volume 1) showcases Weller’s command of the current musical landscape, and his ability to effortlessly navigate his long and storied career, dating back to his days with The Jam And  Style Council, and up to the present as a solo artist.

80
NME
The icon's lockdown project, and his second great album in under a year, proves that he's an inspired and eclectic as ever.
80
Mojo

Fat Pop (Volume 1), conceived and written mid-Covid clampdown, suggests Weller’s ability to write fizzing pop tunes, slinky soul anthems and weird dub-electronica hybridisations is inexhaustible.

80
Record Collector
There are other flutters of experimentation – the title track is an unfastened groove that struts like Ian Dury on a mystical funk trip – but it’s the simple melodic strength that binds the songs together.
80
The Arts Desk

Each track sounds modern and distinct, with shape, space and edge, alighting on most of Weller’s modes ... Fat Pop (Volume 1) sparks with neural stimulation you can almost see, like swinging the doors wide at dawn.

80
The Irish Times

When all is said and done, Weller remains a master of crafting sophisticated, dependable albums with the occasional flash of magic. 

80
Evening Standard

Something for everyone then – and that “Volume 1” in the title suggests that we won’t have to wait long for yet more songs either. Even better.

80
AllMusic

Weller may often be adventurous, particularly during the third act inaugurated with 2008's 22 Dreams, yet he rarely seems as loose and playful as he does here, and that sense of mischief is an unexpected and welcome gift.

80
PopMatters
Even if it doesn't wind up being one's favorite Paul Weller album, there's no way these songs will be leaving your head without a fight.
70
Clash

Laying ideas down on tape and moving immediately forwards, it’s an uneven but oddly gripping experience ... ‘Fat Pop (Volume 1)’ stands as further testimony to Paul Weller’s disregard for the expectations laid upon him.

70
musicOMH
There’s a slightly more experimental edge to many of the tracks, and stylistically it bounces about all over the place. It’s still a fine reminder that Weller can knock off a dozen expertly crafted songs at a moment’s notice.
70
American Songwriter
Another slice of Paul Weller’s eclectic vision; one he has been expanding over his lengthy and remarkably consistent forty-four year career. It’s an incredibly impressive run that shows no signs of slowing down soon.
60
The Line of Best Fit

Everything is nice on its own, but they don’t all go together on one plate. The 12 tracks on Fat Pop simply don’t go together in one serving.

60
The Observer

Fat Pop (Volume 1) ... finds Weller once again reining in some of his unpredictability on an album that’s ultimately more earnest than exciting.

halbery
NR
eat poop (volume 2)
TheCarioca
78
Cosmic Fringes - 3/5
True - 5/5 ❤
Fat Pop - 4/5
Shades of Blue - 4/5
Glad Times - 3/5
Cobweb/Connections - 3/5
Testify - 4/5
That Pleasure - 4/5
Failed - 3/5
Moving Canvas - 4/5
In Better Times - 5/5 ❤
Still Glides the Stream - 4/5
BRAZZERS
65
When he stick it in 😏 all at once 😶 ... that's when I feel a Fat Pop (Volume 1, plus bleeding)
R1v3r__
40
Easily the weakest release ever from paul.
Mohamedmahmoud
69
Paul Weller - Fat Pop (Volume 1)
Electro-pop
May 14, 2021

I love the cohesive electronic direction he put in all song,This gave me some kind of having a concept.

7/10

Favourite tracks :
Fat Pop
Shades of Blue
Glad Times
In Better Times
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Added on: February 25, 2021