Paul Weller - 22 Dreams
For a man so conscious of the art and craft of songwriting, this sprawling old school double album – that is, 21 tracks over 70 minutes, like double albums were before CDs – this is a truly liberating record. Rather than trying to build further chapters into his already scholarly body of work to help it sit alongside Messrs Marriot and Townshend’s, he’s gone off and had some fun. This is a Paul Weller record you might actually listen to for enjoyment rather than to further his continued standing in the classic rock canon. Varied, passionate and even occasionally surprising. A revelation by all accounts.