A Kind Revolution, couldn’t be any further from the compact, Who-style fury of the early Jam. “One Tear,” a duet with Boy George, swims around in a sea of glossy echoes and light-funk backing.
Paul Weller might be decades removed from the days when he was an angry young punk (albeit always impeccably and modishly dressed) leading The Jam, and audiences nowadays are far less likely to riot and tear out the front rows of seats, as they did when the British trio appeared at Royce Hall in the late 1970s, ending that staid venue’s brief experiment in booking punk bands. The English singer long ago left behind the limitations of punk in favor of retro-soul pursuits with The Style Council and his extensive solo career. The expansive pop-rock ramblings on Weller’s latest solo album,