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22 Dreams

 

22 Dreams

22 Dreams
Paul Weller
Released 2 June 2008
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre Rock, Indie rock, Psychedelic, Experimental rock, Jazz, Tango
Length 68:45
Label UK, EU Island/UMG, USA Yep Roc
Producer Paul 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
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Billboard [2]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [3]
The Independent 5/5 stars [4]
Mojo 4/5 stars [3]
The Observer 5/5 stars [5]
Paste 8/10 stars [6]
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10) [7]
PopMatters 8/10 stars [8]
The Times 4/5 stars [9]

22 Dreams is the ninth solo studio album by Paul Weller. It was released on 2 June 2008.[10]

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.[11] The song "One Bright Star" features former member of The Jam Steve Brookes on Spanish guitar, it was the first time the childhood friends had worked together since Brookes left the band before they gained a recording contract.

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".[12] It became his first Top 20 single since 2005, peaking at #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".[10]

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

Track listing

Deluxe Edition CD 1 / Standard Edition

All songs written and composed by Paul Weller, except where noted. 
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Light Nights"    3:45
2. "22 Dreams"  Weller, Simon Dine 2:48
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 Dine 3:03
6. "Invisible"    4:07
7. "Song For Alice"  Weller, Simon Dine, Steve Cradock 3:38
8. "Cold Moments"    5:00
9. "The Dark Pages of September Lead to the New Leaves of Spring"  Simon Dine, Weller 0:45
10. "Black River"    3:48
11. "Why Walk When You Can Run"    4:14
12. "Push It Along"  Weller, Simon Dine 2:53
13. "A Dream Reprise"  Simon Dine, Weller 1:09
14. "Echoes Round the Sun"  Weller, Noel Gallagher 3:09
15. "One Bright Star"  Weller, Simon Dine 2:58
16. "Lullaby Für Kinder"    2:23
17. "Where'er Ye Go"    2:47
18. "God"    2:03
19. "111"  Weller, Simon Dine, Steve Cradock 2:24
20. "Sea Spray" (released as a single)Weller, Hannah Andrews 3:55
21. "Night Lights"  Weller, Steve Cradock, Charles Rees, Hannah Andrews 6:07

Deluxe Edition Disc 2

  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

  • 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)
Preceded by
Here I Stand by Usher
UK Albums Chart number-one album
6–13 June 2008
Succeeded by
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay

References

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