Illumination

Chronic trailblazer and former driving force behind legendary bands the Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller returns with his sixth solo album.

Chronic trailblazer and former driving force behind legendary bands the Jam and Style Council, Paul Weller returns with his sixth solo album. Illumination —which also includes a bonus DVD—is 16 tracks of master songcrafting; a sonic and thematic potpourri that is one of 2003's first outstanding albums. Running the gamut from acoustic balladry to soul, from jazz-infused numbers to psychedelia—and covering such diverse subjects as homelessness, world disorder, and the virtues of getting back to nature—each track on Illumination is a gem of a different kind. Weller's voice has never sounded better and his artistic sensibilities never more attuned to his wild heart. This is a work of intuitively discordant beauty.—AZ