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Saturns Pattern

U.K. rock cornerstone keeps searching for new directions

Paul WellerPaul Weller

Julian Broad

Saturns Pattern

Even if he hadn't been the mod-firebrand voice of the Jam, Paul Weller would be a British rock institution, an icon of high standards still challenged by the adventure in his nation's Sixties and Seventies revolutions. Weller's 12th solo album is a robust binding of the experimental tangents on 2008's 22 Dreams and 2012's Sonik Kicks into taut, acid-flecked turbulence ("White Sky," the blues-Stooges churn of "Long Time") and modern-dance synthesis. "Pick It Up" suggests 1974's David Bowie leading the Meters, and "These City Streets" is prime current Weller: pensive Marvin Gaye with Canterbury-style prog-rock romanticism, a fresh way forward through familiar pasts.

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