Wild Wood, Paul Weller, Golden Canyon PAUL Weller has been in the wilderness, and emerged with flowers in his hair and Wild Wood, an exuberant return to form as fresh as any icon could be after 15 years at the top of his profession. In the late 70s and early 80s Weller headed The Jam, a unique group that took the bitter attitude surrounding British punk and blended it with the 60s style of the Mods. When they split in 1982 Weller went into cool and jazzy mode, teaming up with Mick Talbot to form The Style Council. A few landmark albums later Weller wandered off to find a new direction as a solo artist. The Wild Wood album dips into a distinctively 70s guitar soundscape, reminiscent of Free Traffic and Steve Winwood in the album's more folky moments, and Sly Stone in the more soulful funky interludes. Has My Fire Really Gone Out is a track that contains the sub-text to Wild Wood, sounding almost Dylanesque in stature. Sunflower starts like a Led Zeplin electro ballad, drifts into the Rolling Stones' rendition of Sympathy For The Devil and then on to Weller's strident vocal. Moon On Your Pyjamas and All The Pictures On The Wall open up a side of Weller rarely seen in such stark form. The title track though, says it all musically, emotionally and lyrically . . . ''now there's no justice, there's only yourself that you can trust in . . . climbing, forever trying you're gonna find your way out of the wild wild wood''. Paul Weller has found his way out of the obscurity that was beckoning and he's back with the best album of '94.