Rod Stewart - Time

2013-05-21 12:34
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Rod Stewart has made chart-history with his new album, Time – which debuted at number one on the UK charts just after its release – 34 years after his last chart-topper.

The rock 'n roll veteran replaced Tom Jones, who held the previous record with his hit song Reload, nearly 32 years after his previous number one Delilah.

What we thought:

The 68-year-old's new album features original material for the first time since 1991 and Rod has even contributed to the song-writing on some of the tracks – something he hasn't done since the 1998 hit When We Were Boys.

This renewed interest in creating music doesn't go unnoticed and the rock-legend has produced an album that his fans will surely love.

Rod wears his heart on his sleeve, creating music that is both moving and highly personal.

From the emotionally-charged It’s Over that deals with his divorce from ex-wife Rachael Hunter to the butterfly-feeling of young romance in Brighton Beach, the songs are wistfully nostalgic, reflecting on love, sex, divorce and growing-old in the style he knows so well.

The combination of acoustic guitars and mandolins coupled with his trademark raspy-voice is unashamedly 'Rod'. The album is a crowd-pleaser - giving his loyal fans exactly what they want without trying to be anything it's not.

Best track:

The title track Time is my favourite track on the album, if nothing but for Rod's vocals on the song. The lyrics are nothing special but Rod’s vocal range is bolstered by an emotional range that helps him produce an evocative and powerful track. The song's co-writer Emerson Swinford's guitar solo also makes it one of the best on the album.

Worst track:

Can't Stop Me Now was my least favourite on the album. The song suffers from an overly-sweet soft rock sound and Rod spends the whole song saying thank-you which becomes incredibly tiring. 

Sounds like:

Rod Stewart's soft-rock ballads made up the theme song of the 70s along with other rock legends, Sir Elton John, Michael Bolton and Neil Diamond.

Listen to the album here:

Rod wears his heart on his sleeve, creating music that is both moving and highly personal.
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