Wake Up The Nation

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Jun 1, 2010

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The fearless try-anything spirit of Paul Welly, it seems, is still alive and well.
  2. Q Magazine
    With the exception of Bob Dylan, there isn't a single artist, living or dead, who has managed a record this audacious 30-plus-years into a career. Wake Up The Nation is that good. [May 2010, p.114]
  3. Compact and succinctly direct, its 16 tracks rarely break the three-minute mark but are packed with a greater density of ideas than its predecessor.
  4. Wake Up the Nation, once again illustrates not only his perennial songwriting prowess, but also his incredible staying power amidst artists for whom influence is sporadic and brief at best.
  5. This is music of the mind that remains fiercely visceral, music that feels of a piece of Weller's entire body of work, but is quite unique in its execution and impact.
  6. Wake Up The Nation comes across as a lean, physical record with enough lucid zingers to make you hungry for more.
  7. Taken all together, Wake Up The Nation is either a standout album from a brilliant career, or utter wankery. One thing's certain: It ain't dull.
  8. Mojo
    An astonishing landmark, and great record, wherein the Mod once again becomes The Modernist. [May 2010, p.94]
  9. Nevertheless, what the album lacks in depth, it more than makes up for in the length and breadth of Weller's imagination.
  10. Lean, mean and as uncompromisingly focused as its maker, this is an album for everyone's collection, and whilst Weller is perhaps not the man he once was, the man he is now is most definitely still a force to be reckoned with.
  11. Overall Wake Up The Nation is an impressive achievement which sees Weller's brand of psychedelic soul-rock revitalized. Retro has rarely sounded this fresh.
  12. It's a collection of ludicrously fresh-sounding, short and sharp material (the majority of tracks are under two-and a-half minutes) that confirms he's in the midst of a seriously impressive rebirth.
  13. Wake Up certainly stands as a collection of top-notch material, representing the second part of a late-term renaissance for an artist who already had a reputation as an innovator.
  14. 80
    Wake Up The Nation, an album that goes a long way to differentiate itself from its predecessor in sound, texture and atmosphere.
  15. That's just about a half-hour shorter than 22 Dreams, but the disc in turn is twice the fun.
  16. Under The Radar
    In the end, Wake Up The Nation serves as a set of songs that will prompt listeners to shuck preconceptions and just enjoy an album. [Spring 2010, p.66]
  17. 70
    The aptly titled Wake Up the Nation hardly feels like a nostalgia trip; in the taut, two-minute boogie-punk number "Fast Car/Slow Traffic," Weller could be describing himself in relation to his heritage-rock peers.
  18. "Wake Up the Nation," if anything, is at times too manically experimental.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jun 23, 2012
    Just a average album from Paul Weller. I wish He was more popular than He is now. You can buy this album and listen to some good music butJust a average album from Paul Weller. I wish He was more popular than He is now. You can buy this album and listen to some good music but don't expect too much Full Review »