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Fat Pop (Volume 1)

Paul Weller

Fat Pop (Volume 1)

Sixteenth full-length solo album from the veteran English rock artist with contributions from Andy Fairweather Low, Hannah Peel and his daughter Leah

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Polydor
UK Release date
14/05/2021
US Release date
14/05/2021
  1. 9.0 |   Uncut

    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. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   XS Noize

    In an extraordinary career lasting over four decades that has produced such consistently relevant music and seen many periods of outstanding form, it's certainly no small claim to list Fat Pop Vol 1 as one of Weller's finest albums
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  3. 9.0 |   The Spill Magazine

    Showcases Weller’s command of the current musical landscape, and his ability to effortlessly navigate his long and storied career, dating back to his days with The Jam And Style Council, and up to the present as a solo artist
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  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  5. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Fat Pop is full of delights
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  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    The 12-tracker doesn't feel as "big" as 2020's funky On Sunset, nor as even as the woody True Meanings, but the array of styles means no one will walk away untouched. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Lean, precise and purposeful, its 12 tracks whistle by in little more than 35 minutes; its production, in keeping with the limitations of lockdown, is deliberately pared down
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  8. 8.0 |   NME

    The icon's lockdown project, and his second great album in under a year, proves that he's an inspired and eclectic as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    When all is said and done, Weller remains a master of crafting sophisticated, dependable albums with the occasional flash of magic
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  10. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    He could be repackaging his greatest hits and counting the cash, but Weller is finding joy in writing new material
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Each track sounds modern and distinct, with shape, space and edge
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  12. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    The closing widescreen ballad “Still Glides the Stream” with its vivid, pulsating strings is a powerful highlight. The track captures Weller’s booming vocals over a melodramatic score that throbs and glistens. It’s a fitting finale for another slice of Paul Weller’s eclectic vision
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  13. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    He may not be the angry young man of the past, but his fire is still burning bright
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    An uneven but fascinating glimpse into his studio experiments
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  15. 6.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Paul Weller’s unstoppable creative force continues on Fat Pop, albeit in a disjointed fashion
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  16. 6.0 |   The FT

    These tracks have an eager, zesty feel and explore the creative potential of brevity
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