Monday 20 September 2004

Paul Weller: Studio 150 (2004) - ickleReview (cinema)

Former member of The Jam plays his new album of covers live at Riverside Studios, including a Noel Gallagher B-side and The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You". Not mind-blowing, by any sense. Filmed on DV (and projected from a DVD), the show kept my attention visually, but the telephoto lens means that there's hardly any deep focus. I would have preferred more introductions to the songs and the band, like James Taylor does. The promised "interviews and rare footage" never materialized, which would have made up for the measly 60-minutes playing time. There wasn't even an encore; I guess because he was only playing the new material from the album and that's it.

Nugget: not bad for a freebie, but I wouldn't have paid to see it.

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