Paul Weller has had a productive lockdown. Two albums – On Sunset and Fat Pop (Volume One) – have kept his creative fires burning, with the English maverick continuing to push ahead. Indeed, it’s simply been a continuation of the pattern that has dominated his work for the past 15 years – nail down an idea, then move on, time after time after time.
His latest endeavour, An Orchestrated Songbook, found the songwriter escaping the studio, playing a very special one off show at London’s Barbican venue. Together with arranger Jules Buckley, Paul peered back through his catalogue, matching established greats against new cuts in an orchestral context.
On record, it’s a brave endeavour that offers new light on elements of his storied discography. A largely solo affair, Songbook does feature a small smattering of guest spots with Celeste, Boy George and James Morrison all making an appearance on an intriguing album.
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