22 Dreams

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22 Dreams
Paul Weller 22 Dreams Album Cover.JPG
Studio album by
Released2 June 2008
Recorded2007-2008
GenreIndie rock, neo-psychedelia
Length68:45
LabelUK, EU Island/UMG, USA Yep Roc
ProducerPaul Weller, Simon Dine, Steve Cradock, Charles Rees
Paul Weller chronology
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(2008)
22 Dreams
(2008)
Weller at the BBC
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic77/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [2]
Billboard(positive)[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars [4]
The Independent5/5 stars [5]
Mojo4/5 stars
The Observer5/5 stars [6]
Paste8/10 stars [7]
Pitchfork Media(7.9/10) [8]
PopMatters8/10 stars [9]
The Times4/5 stars [10]

22 Dreams is the ninth solo studio album by Paul Weller. It was released on 2 June 2008.[11]

The album was released on double LP and single CD, as well as a deluxe edition CD, featuring a bonus CD with outtakes and extra tracks. Oasis stars Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer feature on the album, as does Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Steve Cradock and Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.[12] The song "One Bright Star" features former member of The Jam, Steve Brookes, on Spanish guitar, the first time the childhood friends had worked together since Brookes left the band before they gained a recording contract, more than 40 years before.

The album features Little Barrie and former The Stone Roses member Aziz Ibrahim. The first release from the album was the double a-sided single "Echoes Round the Sun" - featuring Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer from Oasis, and "Have You Made Up Your Mind".[13] It became his first Top 20 single since 2005, peaking at number 19 in the UK Singles Chart.

It received almost unanimous critical acclaim and was featured on many Best of 2008 lists. Critics called it one of Weller's best albums to date.

The album includes "Black River," a song previously used on the b-side to "This Old Town".[11]

It went straight to number 1 on the UK Albums Chart on Sunday, 8 June, making it Weller's third number-one solo album.

Track listing[edit]

Deluxe Edition CD 1 / Standard Edition[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Weller, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Light Nights" 3:45
2."22 Dreams"Weller, Simon Dine2:48
3."All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)" (released as a single) 4:36
4."Have You Made Up Your Mind" (released as a single) 3:15
5."Empty Ring"Weller, Simon Dine3:03
6."Invisible" 4:07
7."Song For Alice"Weller, Simon Dine, Steve Cradock3:38
8."Cold Moments" 5:00
9."The Dark Pages of September Lead to the New Leaves of Spring"Simon Dine, Weller0:45
10."Black River" 3:48
11."Why Walk When You Can Run" 4:14
12."Push It Along"Weller, Simon Dine2:53
13."A Dream Reprise"Simon Dine, Weller1:09
14."Echoes Round the Sun"Weller, Noel Gallagher3:09
15."One Bright Star"Weller, Simon Dine2:58
16."Lullaby Für Kinder" 2:23
17."Where'er Ye Go" 2:47
18."God" 2:03
19."111"Weller, Simon Dine, Steve Cradock2:24
20."Sea Spray" (released as a single)Weller, Hannah Andrews3:55
21."Night Lights"Weller, Steve Cradock, Charles Rees, Hannah Andrews6:07

Deluxe Edition Disc 2[edit]

  1. "22 Dreams [original demo]"
  2. "Rip The Pages Up"
  3. "Light Nights [original demo]"
  4. "Cold Moments [original demo]"
  5. "Love's Got Me Crazy"
  6. "Invisible [Marco version]"
  7. "Big Brass Buttons [instrumental]"
  8. "22 Dreams [instrumental]" (Weller, Simon Dine)

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Steve Cradock – 12 String Guitar (1), Vocals (3,4,9,12), Guitar (3,4,7,8,12,14,20,21), Drums (4,8,12,14,20), Celeste (4,21), Piano (7,21), Percussion (8,12,20), Electric Guitar (11), Acoustic Guitar (11,18), Mellotron (19), Mandolin (20), Bazooki (20)
  • Hannah Andrews – Vocals (1,9,12,15,18,20,21), Horns (20), Hornpipes (20)
  • John McCusker – Violin (1,17)
  • Andy Lewis – Cello (1), Bass (3)
  • Barrie Cadogan – Guitar (2,13)
  • Billy Skinner – Drums (2,13)
  • Lewis Wharton – Bass (2,13)
  • Simon Dine – Cowbell (2), Horns (2,13), Guitar (2,12), Siren (2), Orchestration (5,7,9,15,20), Percussion (5,7,9), Marimba (12), Moog (12,19), Oo-Ahh (12), Sonic Elements (13), Mandolin (15)
  • Charles Rees – Drums (3), Moog (21), Harmonium (21), Piano (21)
  • Robert Wyatt – Trumpet (7), Piano (7)
  • Steve White – (8)
  • Graham Coxon – Drums (10)
  • Models Own – Peacock Voices (10)
  • Pete Howard – Drums (12)
  • Noel Gallagher – Bass (14), Piano (14), Mellotron (14), Wurlitzer (14)
  • Gem Archer – Guitar (14), Mellotron (14)
  • Terry Kirkbridge – Drums (14)
  • Steve Brookes – Spanish Guitar (15)
  • Arlia de Ruiter – Violin (16)
  • Lorre Lynn Trytten – Violin (16)
  • Mieke Honinh – Viola (16)
  • William Friede – Arrangement (16)
  • Aziz Ibrahim – Spoken Word (18)
  • God – Thunder (21), Rain (21), Elements (21)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews and Tracks for 22 Dreams by Paul Weller". Metacritic. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  2. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Paul Weller 22 Dreams – Review". Allmusic.
  3. ^ "22 Dreams Review". Billboard. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 30 July 2008.
  4. ^ Alexis Petridis (30 May 2008). "CD of the week: Paul Weller, 22 Dreams". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  5. ^ Andy Gill (30 May 2008). "Album: Paul Weller, 22 Dreams (Island) - Reviews - Music". The Independent. London. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  6. ^ Raphael, Amy (19 May 2008). "The first 10: Paul Weller, 22 Dreams". The Observer. London. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  7. ^ Jon Young (22 August 2008). "Paul Weller: 22 Dreams :: Music :: Reviews :: Paste". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Paul Weller: 22 Dreams | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 22 July 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  9. ^ Mineo, Mike. "Paul Weller: 22 Dreams < PopMatters". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  10. ^ "The Times | UK News, World News and Opinion". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012.
  11. ^ a b Unsigned. "Paul Weller - 22 Dreams (2CD)". play.com (UK). Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  12. ^ Smart, Gordon (7 February 2008). "Paul Weller's rhythm 'n' booze]". The Sun. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  13. ^ Fletcher, Alex (2 April 2008). "Weller, Gallagher release joint single". digital spy. Retrieved 8 April 2008.
  14. ^ The track is placed at number 9 in the running order.