Paul Weller Stanley Road [Import]
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- Released: June 7, 1995
- Originally Released: 1995
- Label: Polygram UK
Rolling Stone - 7/13-7/27/95, pp.109-1103 Stars - Good - "...a singer/songwriter album recorded live in the studio, and...seems powered by the painful self-consciousness of a person whose exterior bid for success rubs against his interior battle to meet his own moral standards....Weller's work supplies the connecting link between several generations of British rock and soul."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/21/95, p.64"...rocks harder than its predecessor, while retaining its solid songwriting and surefooted '70s-style funk." - Rating: A-
Q - 2/96, p.63Included in Q's 50 Best Albums of 1995 - "...blending its obvious but welcome retro influences with the hard-won maturity of a songwriter in his prime..."
Uncut - p.1204 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's the warmth of STANLEY ROAD itself which ultimately merits this lavish repackaging and ensures it a high-ranking place in the Weller canon."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.55Ranked #86 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics" -- "More affecting than anything he's ever done. Like The Style Council never happened."
NME (Magazine) - 12/23-30/95, pp.22-23Ranked #25 in NME's 'Top 50 Albums Of The Year' for 1995 - "...his most honest, heartfelt and mature album to date....He rocks like Lennon in a cello factory..."
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- $1.29 on iTunes3.I Walk On Guilded Splinters
- $1.29 on iTunes4.You Do Something To Me
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Personnel: Paul Weller (vocals, guitar, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, organ, Wurlitzer piano, Novatron, percussion); Carleen Anderson (vocals); Steve Cradock (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Noel Gallagher (acoustic guitar); David Liddle (acoustic slide guitar);; Joy Hawley (cello); Brendan Lynch (accordion, Mini-Moog synthesizer, tambourine, finger cymbals, cyremin); Steve Winwood (keyboards); Helen Turner (Hammond B-3 organ, organ, Novatron); Mick Talbot (electric piano, organ); Dr. Robert (bass, background vocals); Mark Nelson, Yolanda Charles (bass); Steve White (drums, percussion); Constantine Wier (background vocals).
Personnel: Paul Weller (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, shaker, percussion); Carleen Anderson (vocals, background vocals); Constantine Wier (vocals); Steve Cradock (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, background vocals); Noel Gallagher (acoustic guitar); David Liddle (slide guitar); Joy Hawley (cello); Helen Turner (strings, organ); Brendan Lynch (accordion, mini-Moog synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, cymbals, finger cymbals, tambourine); Steve Winwood (piano, organ, Wurlitzer organ); Mick Talbot (Fender Rhodes piano, organ, keyboards); Steve White (drums, percussion); Dr. Robert, Paul Cradock (background vocals).
Recording information: Manor Studios, Oxfordshire, England.
Photographer: Lawrence Watson.
Named after a street in Weller's home-town of Woking in Surrey, this album was greeted with universal approval by critics and fans. The brilliant Peter Blake collage throughout the package portrays much greater nostalgia than is contained in the lyrics. The family snapshots and the Green Line picture serve only to fool the listener. The title track is clearly about the terraced houses that have now given way to 90s starter apartments, but the more personal content of tracks such as 'You Do Something To Me' is where Weller truly bares his soul. It would strongly appear that before recording this album, Weller listened to many Traffic albums.
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