There’s very few artists who’ve enjoyed the kind of success and influence over four decades that Paul Weller has. Even to this day he enjoys a never-ending creative peak and retains a constant critical high, continuing to push boundaries from one day to the next.
Artists like Paul Weller are well within their rights to enjoy the fruits of their labour at leisure. Paul Weller has had more 'good old days' than pretty much any other British artist of his or anyone’s generation: six era-defining albums with The Jam, five with The Style Council and many more as a solo artist. But, of course, we know Paul Weller is not like other artists. He doesn’t want to look back: that’s not his way.
In recent years Weller has released the Mercury Music Prize nominated album 'Wake Up The Nation' and been honoured in the Lifetime Achievement Category at the Ivor Novello Awards.
In 2014 Weller released single 'Brand New Toy' for Record Store Day, followed by a new 'best of' compilation entitled 'More Modern Classics' which features highlights from the last 15 years of Weller's solo career.
Discussing 'More Modern Classics' Weller states;
“This is just another few chapters of my life’s work, a journey which I would
hope you would come with me on…..The music on this compilation is over 15
years but for me it feels like it could be 5 or 6 years. I’m rushing through like,
I can’t slow it down. I’ll cling on tight and see where it ends up.”
Continuing to push the boundaries, just as he continues to adapt to stay one step ahead of the pack, Paul Weller released 'Saturn's Pattern' his 12th studio album, in 2015.