Paul Weller combines faithful version of back catalogue with moments of self-indulgence (3 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Paul Weller combines faithful version of back catalogue with moments of self-indulgence

SECC, Glasgow, Sat 4 Dec 2010

After the success of his new album Wake Up the Nation earning a Mercury nomination, it seems The Modfather Paul Weller has enjoyed a bit of a critical revival. Still, many at this packed-out, large-scale show would no doubt have been here if he was singing nursery rhymes. For many Weller can do no wrong, and these old school fans would have been in heaven with faithful covers of his own Jam tracks here like ‘Eton Rifles’, ‘Start!’, the ferocious ‘Art School’ and a disarmingly tender ‘The Butterfly Collector’. Other stand-outs included The Style Council’s ever-likeable ‘Shout to the Top’ and more strident recent singles ‘Wake Up the Nation’ and ‘From the Floorboards Up’, although there were moments of self-indulgence (‘Trees’ is shards of five fine songs compressed into an uneven whole) and an uncharacteristic lack of conviction – for example ‘Fast Car / Slow Traffic’, introduced by sometime Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Craddock like he was trying to start a fight outside a football ground. The chorus of ‘That’s Entertainment’, which lingered long after the stage was empty, suggested the faithful are forgiving of such episodes, though.

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