Release Date: Oct 23, 2015
Record label: Capitol
Perhaps nobody was as surprised by Rod Stewart's return to songwriting as Rod Stewart. Rod hadn't bothered composing a tune in nearly two decades when he decided to write a brand new bunch of songs for 2013's Time, an album inspired in part by his 2012 memoir Rod: The Autobiography. Arriving after ten years of Great American Songbook albums, the change in style and song was refreshing, something fans (and some critics) noted.
Picking up roughly where his previous album Time left off, Rod Stewart makes a fine case for the longevity of all things mod, though his hell-raising days are now replaced by yearning nostalgia for faraway Celtic lands. The opening song Love Is, which he sings with a touch of the Gaelic, could almost be a track by The Waterboys and might easily soundbed one of those ghastly Irish cider ads where implausibly airbrushed Hibernians flaunt their trendy facial hair. He recovers from this false start to concentrate on some ex-pat musings with a side order of standard US FM rock punctuated with bursts of mariachi on Please.
29th album from Archway’s answer to Sam Cooke. After two decades off, Rodders’ return to songwriting on 2013’s Time was a surprise success, chalking up his first UK No.1 since 1979. Clearly emboldened, his new album is also self-penned, with mixed results.. ADVERTISING inRead invented by Teads.
Rod Stewart made his hottest pop record in decades this past spring as the heart of A$AP Rocky's "Everyday," which used a jumbo sample of a 1970s vocal performance by Stewart in a soulfully wine-swigging tag-team with Miguel. Then, in September, Rod rocked a sinewy "Stay With Me" in a mini-Faces reunion, the first in 22 years. (That it took place at a polo club prostate-cancer benefit in Surrey only made it more impressive.) Both were reminders of the 70-year-old singer's rock & roll bona fides after a re-branded decade working the boards as a latter-day Sinatra, plying the Great American Songbook with fiscally successful and aesthetically decent results.
In 2013, as Elton John released his album The Diving Board, he was presented with a Brit icon award by his friend Rod Stewart. It provided a grand opportunity for the pair to make merry at each other’s expense. “I’m looking forward to hearing your new album,” offered Stewart. “What’s it called? The Ironing Board?” “I’ve heard you actually wrote some songs on your new album,” retorted John.
Rod Stewart Another Country (Capitol) 2 out of 5 stars With 2013’s comeback to original material after over a decade stuck in the purgatory of Christmas tunes, American Songbook standards and classic rock covers, along with a frustratingly short, one show Faces semi-reunion (two key members have passed), it seemed Rod Stewart was finally righting his artistic ship after being adrift for far too long. While composing new tunes is a step forward, it’s more important to write solid songs. With a catalog as strong if admittedly inconsistent as Stewart’s, there will always be comparisons.