Skip to main content

Short "22 Dreams" Album Preview At Rolling!

Album Preview: Paul Weller Recruits Noel Gallagher, Thunderstorms to Share His “22 Dreams”

“You get to this stage in life where you say ‘I’ve done everything that I can do,’” says Paul Weller. As he passes the half-century mark, Weller easily could have returned to his old stomping grounds, whether it was the mod-punk of his first band the Jam or the pop leanings of the Style Council. But rather than reliving past glory, Weller spent the last year recording 22 Dreams, the most expansive and experimental album of his career. “I was conscious when I walked into the studio that I wanted to do something different. I didn’t want to make As Is Now Part 2,” Weller tells Rock Daily. “There was this mentality where it was like, ‘Let’s try anything that comes into your mind.’” Weller sequestered himself in his country studio, recruited some famous Britpop friends like Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher and Blur’s Graham Coxon and spent hours improvising with his band. The result was 22 Dreams, a genre-leaping set of 21 tracks that fluidly weave in and out of rock, electronica, avant-garde and folk. “I’d never made a double album before, so I wanted a challenge,” Weller says.

Unlike double albums like The Wall, there’s no all-encompassing concept or theme, but 22 Dreams still ties together. “It’s cyclical. Our studios were out in the country, and we watched the seasons change over the course of the year,” Weller says. “The album is sort of like a trip, and in the end it brings you to the beginning again.” Between the bookends, there’s the fuzzed-out rocker “22 Dreams,” the Marvin Gaye-via-Stereolab groove of “Empty Ring” and the laid-back, front porch feel of the folkish “Black River,” which features Coxon on drums. “All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)” has Paul Weller sounding like 14 Songs-era Paul Westerberg. But the highlight is the propulsive, anthemic “Echoes Around the Sun,” which came about after an improvisational session between Weller and Oasis’ Gallagher. “We always talked about working together,” Weller says of the collaboration.

For closer “Night Lights,” the band opened the studio doors during a thunderstorm, with Weller and his studio mates playing the song in a live take while observing and recording the storm. “I just wanted to stop and record our environment really,” Weller recalls. “I do love the concept of putting your actual environment in the record.” As for why there’s 21 songs on an album called 22 Dreams, artistic integrity won out over symmetry. “There was supposed to be 22 songs, but we didn’t like one of them. It didn’t fit with the rest of the album, so we left it off.”

With the recent reformation of fellow Brits the Verve, My Bloody Valentine and Portishead, has Weller been bit by the reunion itch, especially considering the insane amount of money festival organizers would dole out for the Jam to get back together? “I get approached all the time about a reunion with the Jam. I just have no interest whatsoever,” Weller says. “I don’t think I’ll ever want to do that.”

From Rolling Stone


  1. Does anyone know of any CD/DVD's from the Irving plaza(New York)gigs
    Jan 2007?


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

John Weller Obituary From The Independent...

For thirty years, John Weller managed the career of his son Paul, through the salad days and success of The Jam in the Seventies and early Eighties, the ups and downs of The Style Council and Paul’s re-emergence as a solo artist in the Nineties. Theirs was a unique father-son relationship in the music industry, built on John’s unwavering belief in Paul’s talent and shared values like hard work and pragmatism.

John could be blunt, and once refused to have lunch in a record company’s executive dining room, remarking to the managing director: “I didn’t come here to eat, I came to do business.” But his bark was worse than his bite.

John’s success was all the more remarkable since he started in his forties after years working in factories, on building sites and driving a taxi. When The Jam signed to Polydor in February 1977, for a £6,000 advance and a six per cent royalty rate, John admitted he didn’t have a bank account and asked for cash instead of a cheque. A&R man Chris Parry duly we…

Paul Weller's Son, Natt Gives A Candid Taxi Interview

Where else to meet the musician son of the agelessly groovy Modfather but at London’s trendy Met Bar? And there’s more than a hint of moody Mod style about the Japanese parka that Paul Weller’s eldest child Natt has slung over his Vivienne Westwood top.

Yet there all similarity ends, for singer-guitarist Natt has inherited the exotic beauty of his mother – former Wham! and Style Council backing singer Dee C Lee – rather than the famously angular features of his father.

‘Everybody always goes, “Luckily he took after his mum…”’ laughs Natt, whose mother is from France and St Lucia and whose great-great grandma was Japanese. Hence Natt’s fascination for Japan, where he moved in 2006 for a year to learn the language.

To pay for his studies, he modelled and deejayed, ‘I felt like an outsized monster,’ confides Natt, 21, a 6ft 1in beanpole. He returned a fan of Japan’s popular culture – from manga cartoons to punk-goth music – and with a different spelling to his name, which now features two ‘…

Nominate Photographer Stefan Duerr For Best Vinyl Art 2010 Award!

Photographer Stefan Duerr has designed art work and photographed a wide range of musicians such as Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, Steve Cradock, The Vals, Marner Brown and The Moons. His design of Steve Cradock's solo debut, The Kundalini Target is eligible for the Best Art Vinyl 2010 Award!

Stefan is a very good friend of Paul Weller News and we would like to ask for our reader's support in helping Stefan win this award. In conjunction with industry experts, the award is also voted on by the public. So, please follow the instructions below and lend your support to Stefan and his craft. It will only take a few moments.

Go to:
Just enter Steve Cradock / The Kundalini Target in the first box,  and then vote for two other albums you like.
All three records on your list must be different, and you can only vote once. Voting closes at midnight 12th December.

Stefan Duerr Photography
Stefan and Paul Weller News kindly thank you …