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Paul Weller: Stanley Road (Go! Discs/London) ***

Evelyn McDonnell, Rolling Stone, 13 July 1995

NAMED AFTER the area in suburban London where he grew up, Stanley Road is possibly the most autobiographical record Paul Weller has ever made. He doesn't need to sing, "I started a punk band named the Jam, broke it up to play R&B pop with the Style Council and am now on my third solo album." Thankfully, Weller confesses emotional states rather than nitty-gritty details: 'The Changingman' perfectly evokes the feeling of being unmoored so that anyone who has navigated wrenching life transitions can relate.

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