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Paul Weller

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Not many albums live up to their title as literally as Sonik Kicks (released March 27 on Yep Roc), the gobsmacking 11th solo album from Paul Weller. The sound of this one can be fairly described as aurally precocious (which is MUCH different than being orally precocious…), charging at the listener with near-manic energy, grabbing hither and tither for nifty, interesting sounds and mingling proper songs with brief instrumental fantasias. It’s a far cry from Wild Wood but this should come as no surprise to anyone who’s being paying attention to Weller’s wandering muse through The Jam, Style Council, and particularly his past few solo albums. The new official video for Sonik Kicks‘s lead-off track and a live take on “The Attic” offer a bit of the mood, but the whole thing – jittery pop bits, speaker pummeling weirdness, sincere love ditties, and all – is ample proof that Weller remains one of the preeminent artists in rock, a 50-something chap giving all the knob twiddlers in Brooklyn a healthy bit of competition in the modern sounds game.