22 Dreams

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  • Summary: The ninth album for Paul Weller features Blur's Graham Coxon, Little Barrie, Oasis' Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer, Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock, and Stone Roses' Aziz Ibrahim.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Such an eclectic, ambitious record might be expected to sound disparate, desperate even, but instead it's a set of distinctive, strangely addictive songs.
  2. Apart from being the most eclectic and resourcefully imaginative solo album of Weller’s career, 22 Dreams also turns out to be one of his most consistent efforts.
  3. Ultimately, 22 Dreams is, simply put, Weller's best album since "Stanley Road", and one to be remembered for years to come.
  4. This stands pretty much alone in Weller's catalog in terms of sheer eclecticism and unpredictable, dream-like flow.
  5. Weller can seem like a dilettante, selling himself as Roy Harper one minute and Marvin Gaye the next. But that's easily forgiven. At least the Mod-father isn't resting on his laurels.
  6. 22 Dreams, Weller's ninth solo effort, is complete bollocks.

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  1. Sep 26, 2013
    10
    A stunning return of form. The best he done since "The Gift". On "22 Dreams" we recognise different ingredients from his back-catalogue butA stunning return of form. The best he done since "The Gift". On "22 Dreams" we recognise different ingredients from his back-catalogue but here the sum of it all results in something new all together. A masterpiece! Expand
  2. ThomasV.
    Aug 20, 2008
    10
    Unmitigated genius! Weller is a true gifted genius and 22 Dreams is proof of that genius!
  3. IanR.
    Jan 10, 2009
    10
    The best Weller ever for sure. Imaginative, elegant, timeless.
  4. DavidG.
    Jul 23, 2008
    9
    My vote for the best album I've heard for 2008 so far. The sheer scope and ambition of this album is amazing. Its common knowledge that My vote for the best album I've heard for 2008 so far. The sheer scope and ambition of this album is amazing. Its common knowledge that Paul Weller has always had talent as he can at times tread water with workman like albums however with 22 dreams he is pushing himself. The album has a dream like quality that takes you you on a rewarding trip that improves with repeated listens. Rock, Pop, Soul, Funk, Free Jazz it has it all with a sense of style. Great songwriting from Weller showing who the really talented one was from the class of 77. Expand
  5. GaryW.
    Jul 29, 2008
    9
    A truly imaginative work of art, made all the more amazing seeing as it comes from a 50yr old, more than 30yrs on in his career!
  6. cj
    Oct 1, 2008
    8
    Fun and disparate album from a legend who'd gotten a case of the sames--Never thought I'd say this about Weller but the Fun and disparate album from a legend who'd gotten a case of the sames--Never thought I'd say this about Weller but the album's high points are essentially folk songs. Expand