Paul Weller & Graham Coxon

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This Old Town

Since news broke, Britpop discussion groups from Croydon to Cairo have spoken of little else. Could The Modfather and the adenoidal Ace Face behind ‘Freakin’ Out’ possibly deliver a tune to match their talents? Oh ye of little faith. Based on Weller obscurity ‘For Dancers Only’, ‘This Old Town’ is a zip-gun boogie brimming with irascible Coxonian guitars and instilled with the first rule of modernism: move on. “There’s no turning back/Just forward now”, growls the Don Corleone of classic rock. A smash.