Paul Weller - True Meanings (2018) [Official Digital Download]

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Paul Weller - True Meanings (2018) [Official Digital Download]

Paul Weller - True Meanings (2018) [Official Digital Download]
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Front Cover | Time - 54:48 minutes | 597 MB
Pop Rock | Label: PLG UK Frontline, Official Digital Download

'To put it simply, ‘True Meanings’, the fourteenth Paul Weller solo album, the twenty sixth studio album of his entire career, is a record unlike any he has ever made before.

‘True Meanings’, is released on September 14th and is an album characterised by grandiose-yet-delicate, lush orchestration: an aesthetic to which Paul’s better-than-ever voice, singing some of his most nakedly honest words, is perfectly suited. A dreamy, peaceful, pastoral set of songs to get lost in, it is both an album that a lot of his faithful audience have been wanting him to make for a long time, and an album that many new people outside of that audience will relate to.

On the 25th May this year, Paul Weller turned 60: a milestone that has unquestionably had an impact on the feel, both lyrically and musically, of ‘True Meanings’ which comes across being the most singer-songwriter-style album he has ever made. However, it is also the most collaborative: with more guests than any record he’s been involved in before.

As well as all the members of Weller’s band, Rod Argent of the Zombies provides Hammond organ on ‘The Soul Searchers’ and piano and Mellotron on ‘White Horses’; folk legends Martin Carthy and Danny Thompson add picked guitar and double bass respectively to ‘Come Along’; Little Barrie plays lead guitar on ‘Old Castles’; Lucy Rose sings backup on ‘Books’; and ‘Movin On’ is the result of a “scratchy demo”on Paul’s phone that was sent to Tom Doyle of the White Label project. Even Noel Gallagher makes a sneaky appearance.

Perhaps most surprisingly of all, especially given how personal and introspective ‘True Meanings’ feels, lyrics for four of the fourteen songs here were written, to Weller’s melodies, by others. Connor O’Brien from Villagers came up with the words to opener ‘The Soul Searchers’, while ‘Bowie’, ‘Wishing Well’ and the closing ‘White Horses’ are all the work, lyrically, of Erland Cooper from Erland & The Carnival.

‘True Meanings’ was produced by Paul Weller except ‘The Soul Searchers’, which was co-produced by Paul and Conor O’Brien and ‘Movin On’ which was co-produced by Weller and White Label. The album was engineered and recorded by Charles Rees and mixed by Jan Stan Kybert.

The album was recorded in just over 3 weeks at Paul’s own Black Barn Studio, with the aforementioned, revolving cast of characters dropping in for a day here and there. The orchestration was added soon after, and that was that. It is always a good sign when the recording of an album is swift, and here you can just hear that the man at the centre of these songs is as focused and inspired – more inspired, even – than he has ever been.


1. The Soul Searchers
2. Glide
3. Mayfly
4. Gravity
5. Old Castles
6. What Would He Say?
7. Aspects
8. Bowie
9. Wishing Well
10. Come Along
11. Books
12. Movin' On
13. May Love Travel With You
14. White Horses

foobar2000 1.3.16 / Dynamic Range Meter 1.1.1
log date: 2018-09-13 17:49:30

Analyzed: Paul Weller / True Meanings

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR7 0.00 dB -9.24 dB 5:02 01-The Soul Searchers
DR9 -0.12 dB -10.58 dB 2:18 02-Glide
DR8 -0.05 dB -11.38 dB 4:00 03-Mayfly
DR9 -0.14 dB -11.02 dB 2:33 04-Gravity
DR7 0.00 dB -8.84 dB 3:20 05-Old Castles
DR7 0.00 dB -8.53 dB 4:00 06-What Would He Say?
DR8 0.00 dB -9.82 dB 4:34 07-Aspects
DR7 -0.26 dB -9.81 dB 3:53 08-Bowie
DR9 -0.32 dB -11.66 dB 4:36 09-Wishing Well
DR10 0.00 dB -11.70 dB 3:03 10-Come Along
DR9 -0.03 dB -11.91 dB 4:35 11-Books
DR7 0.00 dB -10.14 dB 4:31 12-Movin On
DR7 -0.22 dB -10.12 dB 3:02 13-May Love Travel With You
DR8 0.00 dB -12.05 dB 5:25 14-White Horses

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1460 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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