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Paul Weller’s 66 Tops Today’s Album Announcements

The Modfather sounds pretty spry to me, despite the title of his latest release.

They say age ain’t nothing but a number. They’re wrong. It’s also an album title — if you’re Paul Weller. The Modfather’s upcoming full-length 66 is named for his next birthday. I’d say that makes me feel old, but I’d be lying — I already feel plenty old. And I’m younger than Weller. Not that you could tell from Soul Wandering, the first single from the album. Even though he’s been at this game for decades, PW still sounds pretty spry to me. Anyway, check out the official press release below, followed by a list of all the other new albums announced today. Of course, if you want more of that sort of action, head over to the Upcoming Releases page to see more than 1,000 new titles on the way. Seriously.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “In the ever-evolving landscape of contemporary music, few artists possess the enduring influence and innovative spirit of Paul Weller. A recording career that began in 1977 now takes in the release of his 17th solo album and his 28th in total. Weller has always demonstrated an unwavering commitment to pushing artistic boundaries while staying true to his roots. 66 promises to be no exception, offering a captivating journey through his continuing musical evolution.

As the title and artwork by Sir Peter Blake (his first for Weller since 1995’s Stanley Road) indicates, Weller’s new album marks the completion of his 66th journey around the sun and is released on May 24th — the day before his 66th birthday. 66 is quite a reflective and inward-thinking album that pulls back the camera lens and shines a light on the way Weller’s creativity interacts with his wider world. Continually finding new ways to alchemise the miracle of living and the meaning of it all, he draws on fragments of real life, ruminations on spirituality and even childhood memories. There are songs touching on faith, changing circumstances and the fractured realities of life in this turbulent age. But 66 is positive at heart, bursting with the wisdom and perspective accrued by the business of someone who has really lived and loved.

The 12 songs on 66 were worked up in Weller’s Black Barn studio over the course of three years with a host of guest musicians. In the recent past, Paul has been an enthusiastic collaborator, but 66 feels like the most fully-realised celebration of that process. Here, there are lyrical contributions from an esteemed roll-call including Suggs, Noel Gallagher and Bobby Gillespie (Ship Of Fools, Jumble Queen and Soul Wandering respectively). 66 also sees the co-writing return of Erland Cooper and duo White Label, and string arrangements from Hannah Peel. Additionally, there are two collaborations with French producer and recording artist Christophe Vaillant (Le Superhomard) while acclaimed Brooklyn trio Say She She add vocals to In Full Flight. Peppered throughout the album are turns from an array of old friends including Dr Robert, Richard Hawley, Steve Brooks and Max Beesley.

66 is set to be a landmark addition to Paul Weller’s illustrious discography, further solidifying his status as one of the defining artists of his or any other generation.

66 Tracklisting:

Ship of Fools
Flying Fish
Jumble Queen
My Best Friend’s Coat
Rise Up Singing
I Woke Up
A Glimpse of You
Sleepy Hollow
In Full Flight
Soul Wandering
Burn Out

Photo by Nicole Nodland.


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Jochem Hamerling & Jaap Ligthart | Slope
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March 15

Soul Sugar | Just A Little Talk
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March 22

Keygen Church | Nel Nome Del Codice
Corey Madden | Taste The Hour
Men of North Country | I Can Feel It Single
Robert Mitchell | A Study (In The Key Of Now)
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Triad | Triad

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Sean Fyfe Quartet | Stepping Stones
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Nicolas Cueille | Curiositi
Elsa Hewitt | Chaos Emeralds
Linkin Park | Papercuts (Singles Collection 2000-2023)
Moon’s Voyager | Surrender EP

April 19

Folterkammer | Weibermacht
Bill Frisell | Orchestras
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Lowlives | Freaking Out
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Loverboy | Live In ‘82

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June 21

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