Weller Back With "Studio"

Veteran rocker ready with new label, new album

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Paul Weller will release his eighth album, Studio 150, in September. The covers album will be the former Jam frontman's first release as part of a new worldwide deal with V2 Records.

Among the twelve tracks are Weller's takes on folk-rock staples like Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower," Gordon Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain" and Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises," along with some R&B and disco-era gems including Sister Sledge's "Thinking of You" and Gil Scott-Heron's "The Bottle."

The album is Weller's first since 2002's Illumination and continues a prolific recording clip since he broke up his second band, the Style Council, in 1989 and released his self-titled solo debut in 1992.

Weller said that his interpretation of the Seventies R&B nugget "Wishing on a Star" (originally recorded by Rose Royce) is his favorite track on the record. "I was listening to the radio one morning," he said, "when I heard the song and suddenly it made perfect sense."