Paul Weller: Saturns Pattern review – less eclectic, more contemplative

Since turning his back on trad rock in 2008 with the psychedelic folk of 22 Dreams, Paul Weller has grown increasingly eclectic, each new album adding a fresh sound to his palette.

Saturns Pattern, his 12th set as a solo artist, is his least sprawling record in some time, its nine tracks encompassing Stooges-style rock, gentle, chemically enhanced 60s pop and, on White Sky, the kind of fiery blues from which the young punk would have run a mile.

Far more satisfying are the contemplative songs, in particular These City Streets, wherein the new and old Weller are reconciled.

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