Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation [10th Anniversary Edition]
Paul Weller’s widely-acclaimed Mercury Music nominated album Wake Up The Nation has been remastered exclusively for its 10th anniversary in 2020.
Remastered by Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and Weller himself, Wake Up The Nation includes the hit singles – “No Tears to Cry”, “Wake Up The Nation”, “Find the Torch Burn the Plans” and “Fast Car/Slow Traffic.”
About the remastered edition Weller says: “I was never happy with the mix on Wake Up The Nation, so when someone pointed out that it had been 10 years since it’s been out I thought it was a good opportunity to try a re-mix on it. I liked the chaos and intensity of the original but I could hear how much you couldn’t hear in it. I think the new mix reveals lots more parts that you didn’t hear in the original while still keeping the energy.”
Reflecting the urgency and claustrophobia of city life, the record dispensed with the acoustic, folky and pastoral influences of Weller’s recent work and introduced more jagged rock styles with angry, urban and metallic influences – Diamond Dogs, Low-period Bowie riffs.
Very experimental, mostly short songs but with a sense of adventure – often packing a suite’s worth of twists into one song – the updated New Orleans shuffle meets bonkers music hall of Many of the left turns arrive via the arrangements – witness the careening chaos after the chorus of Grasp & Still Connect, or the mutating psychedelia of Andromeda.
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