The Style Council – Cafe Bleu

ARTIST: The Style Council 220px-The-Style-Council-Café-Bleu
TITLE: Café Bleu (My Ever Changing Moods in the US)
SINGLES: My Ever Changing Moods (#29 US, #5 UK), You’re the Best Thing (#76 US, #5 UK). A Solid Bond in Your Heart (#11 UK) was on the US version.
LINEUP: Paul Weller, Mick Talbot, Steve White and many others
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First proper album by the neo-retro-soul conglomeration garners a hit single in the US and acclaim in the UK.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Paul Weller moved right into retro soul with a touch of jazz and rap without breaking a sweat on this album. It’s full of jazz instrumentals, piano ballads and soul infusions.

The issue for my ears, though, is that I don’t want jazz when Weller is about. He’s definitely got an ear for melody, but also one for lyrics and it seems that instrumentals take that away. Also, some of the songs that feature the rap don’t work, either. It’s too much a clash of the styles.

Weller was guaranteed success in the UK, and the singles are great. The album is spotty and inconsistent to me, though.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The UK version has the solo piano version of “My Ever Changing Moods”. The US version has the 12” version, adds another track, subtracts two, and changes the running order. You can’t get that anymore, though.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but I wish there was the US version or at least the ability to create one. The 12” version of “My Ever Changing Moods” isn’t around as far as I can see.

GRADE: C+: I’m not feeling this one from Weller & Co. Too many instrumentals for it to be a great album.

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