"Writing anthems is not an easy thing to do"
After Liam Gallagher kicked things off by sharing his favourite music for the first ever issue of NME Gold, now The Jam, Style Council and solo hero takes to the pages – picking historic articles about his favourite artists from the archives of NME.
In a section dedicated to Noel Gallagher with an NME feature for The High Flying Birds from 2011, Weller hailed the former Oasis guitarist’s ability to ‘write an anthem’ – especially since he’s gone solo.
“I’ve liked everything he’s done solo,” Weller told NME Gold. “I don’t really need to talk about what a great songwriter he is, because everyone knows that. But, for me, he’s got better.
“I think his songs now have got a different sort of depth to them; lyrically as well. Especially the new one. I really like the words on it. He’s got his own thing together.”
As well as praising his abilities on guitar, bass and drums, Weller hailed his ‘magpie’ approach to music.
Weller added: “There’s some fucking great songs on the first two albums, some big tunes, and he is the master as well of that kind of anthem. And writing anthems is not an easy thing to do. And he really knows his shit on that.
“There’s a song on the second solo album called ‘The Girl With The X Ray Eyes’, which I think is an amazing song. Without getting muso about it, because he wouldn’t, it’s just got beautiful chords and melody and the way it’s structured. And hopefully people hear that.”
From The Beatles to John Coltrane, Bob Marley, Curtis Mayfield and Noel Gallagher, NME Gold sees Weller share his thoughts on his chosen artists to reveal how they made him the artist he is today.
Not only that, but there’s also a new in-depth interview in the run-up to his 60th birthday to explore his own musical journey.
Weller’s new album ‘A Kind Revolution’ is out now.
Paul Weller tour dates and tickets
Wed February 21 2018 – CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Fri February 23 2018 – LEEDS first direct Arena
Sat February 24 2018 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Metro Radio Arena
Sun February 25 2018 – GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Tue February 27 2018 – NOTTINGHAM Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Thu March 01 2018 – MANCHESTER Arena
Fri March 02 2018 – BIRMINGHAM Genting Arena
Sat March 03 2018 – LONDON O2