Paul Weller - 22 Dreams (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Paul Weller - 22 Dreams

(Island)

ROCK

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.

Paul Weller

The Modfather performs material from his 40-year career, including his latest album A Kind Revolution.

First Direct Arena, Leeds

Fri 23 Feb

£43.05 / 0844 248 1585

With The Strypes.

Genting Arena, Birmingham

Fri 2 Mar

Prices to be confirmed / 0844 338 8000

With The Strypes.

Manchester Arena

Thu 1 Mar

£43.05 / 0844 847 8000

With The Strypes.

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