Editors’ Notes Former Jam and Style Council leader Paul Weller has begun experiencing a creative renaissance since breaking 50. 22 Dreams brought him back into relevancy and Wake Up the Nation is a powerful and diverse collection of songs that shoots in all directions. His reunion with the Jam’s bassist Bruce Foxton for the mod-paced “Fast Car/Slow Traffic” (at under two minutes) is as rewarding as his Roy Orbison-styled “No Tears to Cry” or his unlikely pairing with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields for “7 & 3 Is the Strikers Name.” The keyboard-led instrumental “In Amsterdam” strikes a note of nostalgia for an unspecified time. “She Speaks” loses itself in a whirlwind of piano and polyrhythms that suggest Weller could turn himself into the most unlikely of world music practitioners should he care to switch careers. “Aim High” breaks into a psychedelic funk. “Trees” adds a New Orleans gumbo piano for a sudden shot at rhythm & blues. Weller’s creating a third career with equally convincing intensity.

SONG
Moonshine
1
2:08
 
Wake Up the Nation
2
2:19
 
No Tears to Cry
3
2:25
 
Fast Car/Slow Traffic
4
1:59
 
Andromeda
5
1:54
 
In Amsterdam
6
1:28
 
She Speaks
7
2:15
 
Find the Torch, Burn the Plans
8
3:09
 
Aim High
9
3:08
 
Trees
10
4:19
 
Grasp & Still Connect
11
2:16
 
Whatever Next
12
1:38
 
7&3 Is the Strikers Name
13
3:24
 
Up the Dosage
14
2:41
 
Pieces of a Dream
15
2:26
 
Two Fat Ladies
16
2:38
 
How Sweet It Is (Bonus Track)
17
3:49
 
7&3 Is the Strikers Name
18
3:24
 

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