By Paul Weller
If you know Modfather Paul Weller as "that guy who used to be in that band" then the first half of this double A-side is for you.
'Wake Up The Nation' is a bone-shaking, oldschool rock 'n roll clunk, where Weller stutters over a limping drumbeat and the occasional, lazily cool riff. His crooning on the chorus really showcases those iconic vocals, and will have existing fans salivating that Paul Weller is back on the scene - although, even Weller's established fanbase will wonder what the hell that irritating, whistly sound effect is doing in this song. The most impressive thing about 'Wake Up The Nation,' is how fresh and relevant it sounds. A song to win over those who are too young to remember The Jam.
No such luck with 'No Tears To Cry,' which has shades of the ballad to it, and sounds dated. Slathered in Weller's soulful warbling, once again existing fans will lap this one up. A little shunting guitar and some prominent, off-kilter drumbeats give this song some edge, but it isn't nearly enough.
This is a double A-side that existing fans will love, and it is worth noting that Weller's forthcoming tenth studio album will feature two tracks from former The Jam bassist Bruce Foxton, a nice touch that is sure to please the aforementioned The Jam/Paul Weller faithful. And, if you're convinced that Paul Weller is a 'Dad's'-band, then 'Wake Up The Nation' is the song that just might change your mind.