Studio 150 - Paul Weller
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  • Summary: The veteran singer jams through covers of songs by the likes of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and, er, Sister Sledge.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. An album that should appeal to fans of Weller and the original legends alike.
  2. The rest of the album... more than makes up for [a few] misfires. [#8, p.113]
  3. Sincere of intent and, as ever by Weller, stylishly and deftly delivered, "Studio 150" is a pleasant enough listen, which nevertheless will leave die-hard fans hankering for new Weller material.
  4. Some of these songs are familiar, but these arrangements are distinctly Weller's own, and it makes for an effective listen -- maybe not a major effort from the Modfather, but an enjoyable one all the same.
  5. 40
    There's little attempt to get under the skin of these songs, or really bend them into new shapes. [Oct 2004, p.100]
  6. What is surprising is how lacklustre an affair it turns out to be. [Oct 2004, p.128]
  7. What Paul Weller uniquely manages to do to the 12 songs... is to make every one sound exactly like a Paul Weller song. [11 Sep 2004, p.55]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. peterr
    Jul 4, 2005
  2. RonH
    Nov 7, 2005
    Weller covering the Carpenters is like a dream come true!
  3. Diz
    Oct 5, 2004
    A covers album is always more likely to receive critisism but with Weller you at least know it will always be approached with integrity. Some tracks miss, like The Bottle where he just tries TOO hard & over-eggs it, but others make for fine listening such as the stand-out track One Way Road, Don't Make Promises, Birds and yes, most definately Sister Sledges Thinking of You. Was never going to be his best album but still hugely enjoyable. Expand
  4. DanielS
    Sep 3, 2005
    Dazzling Weller-level material? No, but with his distinctive mark. Great reworkings of classic songs? No, rather mixed here. A failure? No. It's a mixed bag, but the arrangements (generally), the musiscianship, and (do not underestimate) the voice really make for a very solid album. Interesting alone for his choice of material, and for showing his roots. Expand
  5. RyanC
    Feb 22, 2005
    This guy really is quite a loser now. Maybe him and Bono should collaborate and Sting too. The mediocrity may so boring it would fascinate me