Illumination - Paul Weller
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  • Summary: The former Style Council and Jam frontman returns with a solo album, and finds Weller producing and playing most of the instruments himself, with the help of a few celebrity guests such as Noel Gallagher, Kelly Jones and Aziz Ibrahim.
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  1. Best of all, it all feels effortless, from the production to the songwriting.
  2. Illumination is heartfelt, lost-in-the-'60s songcraft, so perfect in style and sound you might think you’re in the cavernous halls of London’s BBC studios, home to a zillion performances of the Beatles, the Stones, the Faces, and yes, the Jam. When the past sounds this good, why not revel in it?
  3. Interesting variations on classic pop music, delivered with fire and wisdom.
  4. Britrock's grumpy uncle has regained his gnarled spirit here and fans will feel all the better for it.
  5. 80
    Illumination is already being described by the Weller massive as the best solo album of his career. You'll hear few arguments with that from this corner. [Oct 2002, p.118]
  6. Weller takes a small step forward artistically, building ever so slightly on his sturdy foundation at a time when he's on a songwriting winning streak.
  7. 60
    Too wholesome for some, perhaps, but the melodies are reassuringly strong. [Oct 2002, p.96]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. GaryW
    Dec 24, 2002
    10
    After a couple of disapointments in Heavy Soul & especially Heliocentric, Weller has come up with his most spectacular album since the After a couple of disapointments in Heavy Soul & especially Heliocentric, Weller has come up with his most spectacular album since the Jam's epic All Mod Cons in . Every track is a gem. A beautiful work of art. Expand
  2. Barbara-
    May 14, 2003
    9
    just listen to it. esp. steve cradock's guitar parts. amazing.
  3. erat
    Feb 10, 2003
    2
    Boring, superficial & laughable. Overrated.