In retrospect, the Style Council has always been looked at as the (better part of a) decade that constituted Paul Weller's lost in the wilderness period, the time between his sharp, focused songs with the Jam and his more adult, reflective work as a solo artist. While it's undeniable that the period was marked by unevenness and experimentation, Weller and Mick Talbot's group chalked up their share of gems--it was just that for every "Long Hot Summer" there's "A Gospel"; for every "You're the Best Thing" and "My Ever Changing Moods" comes in, rounding out the above singles with other favourites, including "Speak Like a Child", Solid Bond in Your Heart", "Headstart for Happiness" and "How She Threw It All Away". In many ways, this "best of" foreshadows Weller's solo output: the best songs from the Style Council are those that are quiet and reflective; they feature breezy structures that let the songs breathe and shine through, here enhanced by bright synths and lounge-jazz arrangements rather than the Traffic-era guitar effects and classic keyboard sounds that would mark his later work.
Track list You're the Best Thing Have You Ever Had It Blue (12"version) Money Go Round (parts1&2) My Ever Changing Moods (12"version) Long Hot Summer (12"version) The Lodgers Walls Come Tumbling Down! Shout to the Top! Wanted It Didn't Matter Speak Like a Child A Solid Bond in Your Heart Life at a Top Peoples Health Farm Promised Land How She Threw it All Away Waiting