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  • Summary: The 16th full-length solo release for the British rock artist features contributions from Andy Fairweather Low, Lia Metcalfe, Hannah Peel and his daughter Leah.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Uncut
    May 10, 2021
    90
    Something that scratches the same itch that first propelled him and his audience into a record shop. ... To keep that hunger alive, you need to feed it with new inspiration. What you hear on Fat Pop is the reciprocation of that care. [Jun 2021, p.16]
  2. May 14, 2021
    80
    Weller may often be adventurous, particularly during the third act inaugurated with 2008's 22 Dreams, yet he rarely seems as loose and playful as he does here, and that sense of mischief is an unexpected and welcome gift.
  3. May 20, 2021
    80
    Fat Pop is full of highlights.
  4. May 13, 2021
    70
    Weller could easily be forgiven for just living off that immense back catalogue. Instead, he’s relishing that elder statesman role and striving forward. He may not be the angry young man of the past, but his fire is still burning bright.
  5. 70
    It’s a diverse offering with Weller’s deep soulful voice splitting the difference between Bowie in his Thin White Duke phase on the funky, twisty title track (check out the tasty, offbeat clarinet), jazzy R&B on the flute enhanced “Testify” and the crunchy power pop not far from later period Jam of “True.”
  6. May 13, 2021
    70
    Weller takes a moment for introspection, his implicit vulnerability rendering him a more sympathetic figure than his occasionally impersonal craftsmanship allows on Fat Pop (Volume 1).
  7. 60
    They’re all interesting concepts and ideas that work, but together they create a disjointed and bizarre listen.

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  1. May 24, 2021
    8
    Good for us is that Weller does not refer to "pop" as in the music that pollutes the airwaves today - but pop like The Kinks, Traffic, MarvinGood for us is that Weller does not refer to "pop" as in the music that pollutes the airwaves today - but pop like The Kinks, Traffic, Marvin Gaye and even a man named Paul Weller used to play.
    This is a great collection of 3-minute gems that is easy to listen to without being easy-listening.
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