By Paul Weller
As far as rock and roll credentials go, the name 'Paul Weller' is way up there amongst the other heroes, both historical and contemporary. The fact his solo career alone has spanned 20 years since his first post The Jam/Style Council release in '92, is testament to both his demographic and talent for writing constantly relevant music. Punk Pioneer, King of The Mods, Sweetheart of Britpop and now, possibly one of the coolest 53 year olds on the planet.
The first single, 'That Dangerous Age' off his new album - 'Sonik Kicks' (Released 19th March) is an effortlessly catchy, neo seventies tribute, to people reaching the dreaded monotony of middle age. Critics have of course, pounced on the possibility that the song may be auto-biographical? Any chance to stamp on a figurehead's credibility is taken instantly in today's scandal market.
'There was an inference that I was going through a mid-life crisis, which I found really amusing: the clichéd notion of it. That was the impetus for (the song) even though it isn't really about that. It's a bit tongue in cheek, too. I guess it's also about how society views people of a certain age. For me, does it really matter what age you are? It's what up there in your soul that matters.' Paul Weller, 2012.
Men like Paul Weller have no cause for midlife crises. Since the mid seventies, he's enjoyed the view from the forefront of modern creativity. Midlife crises are for those who aren't content in their office jobs and hatchback cars, not those who have been revelling in a creative peak since 1975.
The single sparks with electric feel. Cutting through the air, sharper than a trademark Ben Sherman suit. Fusing soulful tones, with the vibrant, urban pulse that accompanies Weller's voice on any record that it graces. He manages to perpetually reinvent his sound, whilst leaving everything his solo sound has grown to be revered for, intact.
Another added bonus, is the accompanying remix on the single release by Arctic Monkeys drummer, Matt Helders. Apparently the success The Arctic's are currently enjoying and have been enjoying ever since 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' stole indie hearts worldwide, is just a side project... His grimey, underground brand of electronic remix manages to do what so few modern remixes actually do; he elaborates on the song rather than remaking it. A remix that takes nothing away from the original, but still shows an extraneous input of influence is a testament to both of the artists' flare and talent for producing outstanding records with integrity and genius.