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7 out of 10
Paul Weller is having a good year to celebrate his 50th birthday with. '22 Dreams', the album from which this double A-side is taken, is set to be his best selling solo record and is his 3rd number one (Fifth if include one each with The Jam and The Style Council). And, even though his hair might have been over GHD'd, he almost always dresses impeccably.
This single is nothing spectacular, just Weller doing what he does best. 'All I Wanna Do' is the sound of Mod grown up with some elegance and style; a simple song with a simple sentiment that allows some of Weller's soul influences to come through. At first the driving stomp of 'Push It Along' sounds like Oasis (Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer a present elsewhere on '22 Dreams'), but it's probably the other way round.
The real draw here is Weller's collaboration with a fellow rock & roll veteran, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie. It sounds more like something from Gillespie's back catalogue than Weller's, a scratchy blues number with a 'Screamadelica' beat and muffled, warped guitar solos. Gillespie is muted by his standards, whilst Weller sounds every inch the guitar hero singing, "You're so cool, you were raised by wolves". For fans of either, it's definitely worth collecting.
1. All I Wanna Do (Is Be With You)
2. Push It Along
3. Big Brass Buttons (featuring Bobby Gillespie)