Ex-Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller's new album, Stanley Road
is released on these shores on June 6 on Go! Discs/London. Named after
his Woking, England birthplace, the album is an eclectic mix of gospel
soul, guitar solos, and prog-funk jams. Weller's cover of Dr. John's
"Walk On Gilded Splinters," features Oasis' Noel Gallagher on guitar.
According to Gallagher, he had never heard the song before, but when
Weller (his boyhood hero) asked him to play guitar on the track, he
intimated he knew the tune welland had to fake his way through it.
His unvarnished, unimproved version is on the album for all to
hearand it ain't bad. Even better is the plaintive ballad, "You Do
Something To Me," or the epic "Whirlpool's End." Weller has nothing
left to prove, so he's comfortable just being himself , and what you
find on Stanley Road is honest emotion and minimal frills.