• Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Jul 3, 2020
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. 80
    Ever the magpie with a love for shiny trinkets, Weller slips in West Coast Santana-style guitar, Middle Eastern drone, hand claps and honking tenor. References are introduced and then discarded at will. ... Intriguing, to say the least.
  2. 80
    This is not the kind of sunset in which mortality looms, but where the gentler evening light casts everything in a fresh aspect. There is warmth and succour here, undercut with a playful scattering of mischievous sounds; orchestral soul with eloquent quirks; nuances that hark back to Weller’s second band, the Style Council.
  3. 80
    For an album that brings together so many threads of Weller’s career, there is not much in the way of rocky guitar drive or punk energy. Yet there is an open-minded spirit in the way Weller mixes songcraft with ear-catching sonic details and structural adventure.
  4. 80
    On Sunset could be viewed as an album reinstating Weller as the keeper of mod musical tradition, but it’s also an album that sees him taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the '20s.
  5. 80
    Each track lists a dozen or more players. And while that creates complex, occasionally ornate instrumentation, the songs never feel cluttered or overly busy. Rather Weller carefully crafts this music, shifting moods and using the players to enhance songs that are as well, soulful and heavy, as anything he has created.
  6. Jun 30, 2020
    80
    A testament to vehement artistry, ‘On Sunset’ finds Paul Weller refusing to let his fire dim.
  7. Jun 29, 2020
    80
    On Sunset proves that although Paul Weller is more than 40 years into his musical career, he sounds as fresh and inspired as ever.
  8. 80
    It might not be quite the experimental opus you feel Weller’s still holding back, but that feels a churlish complaint when the songs are this well-written. There’s a lightness of touch and a tenderness at ‘On Sunset”s heart.
  9. Uncut
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    On Sunset demonstrates that complacency remains his greatest fear and most powerful muse. [Jul 2020, p.24]
  10. Mojo
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    On Sunset will not be remembered as Weller's most immediate record, or the most musically even, but it's certainly one of the most rewarding, and powerful. [Jul 2020, p.76]
  11. Q Magazine
    Jun 11, 2020
    80
    At its core On Sunset is the sound of someone genuinely excited about all the glorious possibilities the world of music has to offer. [Jul 2020, p.96]
  12. Jun 11, 2020
    80
    You’d have a hard time arguing that On Sunset doesn’t work as an album, held together not just by its overriding lyrical theme but uniformly strong melodies. As exercises in trying to have your cake and eat it go, it’s pretty impressive.
  13. 80
    No matter how sepia, settled or bowed the tone, On Sunset remains sonically voracious, Weller still challenging himself to make the greatest, most adventurous music of his life. The Changingman strikes again.
  14. Jul 6, 2020
    70
    What's different about On Sunset is that expansive hybrid of electronic and R&B, a fusion colored by just enough experimentation and craft to make the album feel fresh and distinctly belonging to Weller.
  15. Jul 1, 2020
    70
    Weller the elder statesman sounds more invigorated than ever as he cheekily tries every musical trick under the sun.

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