I love to drop in on a new release and see how it feels and see what an artist is putting out. There's nothing more immediate that a just-released single and Paul Weller's latest, Alpha, is no exception to the rule that there is no such thing as a "late period" or "decline" for him. Weller evolves, and it's up to you to stick with him. He's not going to wait for anyone to catch up to what he's interested in doing.
Weller is one of the most consistently current musicians in all of music. Alpha is experimental and thought provoking--can you really make a harmonica work like this? Can you match it with avant garde film and release something instrumental in 2017?
Hell yeah, you can. But, seriously--where are the blues? I heard dissonant guitar and riffs that would make The Charlatans jealous. This is a bit more adventurous than the old NME describes.