As Is Now - Paul Weller
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  • Summary: Weller's latest--his first disc of new material in three years-- is louder and rock-ier than other recent efforts.
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  1. 80
    As Is Now may be his finest and most consistent record since 1993's Wild Wood; possibly even since the days of The Jam. [Nov 2005, p.100]
  2. One of his more satisfying solo albums.
  3. 80
    A work of rejuvenating power on which Weller and his long-serving band attain a new sense of purpose and focus. [Nov 2005, p.94]
  4. Retrospective. Mature. Derivative. In places excellent. This album is not exactly a return to form but it is by no means a failure either.
  5. [His] most satisfying collection of material since 1993's "Wild Wood".
  6. As Is Now sees Weller revisiting various points of his varied career and updating them. So there's the brittle guitar pop of Come On/Let's Go which recalls The Jam, the pastoral, laid back vibe of Wild Wood in All On A Misty Morning and even the ghost of the Style Council is resurrected in Bring Back The Funk.
  7. A great study in songcraft, but not a consistently exciting listen.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. khansen
    Jan 24, 2006
    9
    Holy crap! This guy is still making great records nearly 30 years into his career...and this is one of his best. If you like intelligent rock and roll, you'll love this record. I can't stop listening to it. Expand
  2. MarkW
    Jan 11, 2006
    9
    Up there with his first three solo albums. Great songs and an´energy (and tempo) that has been missing from his recent works.
  3. JohnP
    Oct 25, 2005
    8
    Paul's best album since Stanley Road
  4. GeirB
    Dec 6, 2005
    8
    Still rocking at his best and the younger ones have much to learn
  5. PhilipB
    Jan 29, 2006
    7
    It must be very difficult being a musical icon with a long track record. Approaching 50 years of age is it likely that Weller would produce a record that could match his earlier Jam, Style Council or solo efforts? This latest offering is pleasant and inoffensive - good but not great. It will earn him no new fans but should, by the same token, lose him few. Expand
  6. [Anonymous]
    Oct 29, 2005
    6
    Disappointing: didn't live up to the hype. Three of rour good tracks and the rest was found wanting.