Album Details

Universal Distribution
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, British Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

Paul Weller deservedly regained his status as the Modfather with his second solo album, Wild Wood. Actually, the album is only tangentially related to mod, since Weller picks up on the classicism of his debut, adding heavy elements of pastoral British folk and Traffic-styled trippiness. Add to that a yearning introspection and a clean production that nevertheless feels a little rustic, even homemade, and the result is his first true masterwork since ending the Jam. The great irony of the record is that many of the songs -- "Has My Fire Really Gone Out?," "Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)" -- question his motivation and, as is apparent in his spirited performances, he reawakened his music by writing these searching songs. Though this isn't as adventurous as the Style Council, it succeeds on its own terms, and winds up being a great testament from an artist entering middle age. And, it helped kick off the trad rock that dominated British music during the '90s.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Sunflower
  2. Can You Heal Us (Holy Man)
  3. Wild Wood
  4. Instrumental, Pt. 1
  5. All the Pictures on the Wall
  6. Has My Fire Really Gone Out?
  7. Country
  8. Instrumental Two
  9. 5th Season
  10. The Weaver
  11. Instrumental One, Pt. 2
  12. Foot of the Mountain
  13. Shadow of the Sun
  14. Holy Man (Reprise)
  15. Moon on Your Pyjamas
  16. Hung Up
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