Paul Weller-Stanley Road

Stanley Road is the third solo album by Paul Weller, released by Go! Discs in 1995. In 1998 Q magazine readers voted it the 46th greatest album of all time. The album took its name from the street in Woking where Weller grew up. Weller claimed on a BBC special that he hopes he can one day create an album as perfect as this one, stating that all the stars were aligned during the writing and recording period of Stanley Road. The song “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” was featured in the season ending montage of The Wire’s fourth season finale, Final Grades. In 2005, a three-disc 10th anniversary Deluxe Edition of the album was released. The expanded edition included demos, live and BBC session recordings and a DVD documentary directed by Simon Halfon which featured interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and music videos.

1. The Changingman
2. Porcelain Gods
3. I Walk on Gilded Splinters
4. You Do Something to Me
5. Woodcutter’s Son
6. Time Passes
7. Stanley Road
8. Broken Stones
9. Out of the Sinking
10. Pink on White Walls
11. Whirlpools’ End
12. Wings of Speed

A timeless classic from the Modfather – Always had a soft spot for Paul Weller and this is his best album to date. Its a class album and written so well. The beauty is in its simplicity, just great gentle rock melody’s – ‘The Changing Man’ , ‘I Walk on Gilded Splinters’ ‘You Do Something to Me’ and ‘Broken Stones’ could read as Best Of Album. Certainly a change of pace from his earlier days which may have left some die hard Jam fans behind, but for me this a Weller Masterpiece.

Review By Mark Torode