Release Date: Oct 19, 2010
Record label: J Records
Genre(s): Vocal, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, American Popular Song
Rod Stewart has been mining the Great American Songbook for the better part of a decade, so it would only make sense that he would get a little bit better as time goes by. And, by some stroke of fate, Fly Me to the Moon -- the fifth installment in this never-ending series and first since 2005, as Rod spent the back half of the 2000s taking songbook detours into rock and soul -- is Stewart’s best album in the entire series. Some credit must be due to producer Richard Perry, who returns to the project after a few records off, but what distinguishes Fly Me to the Moon isn’t precision but relaxation.
Growing old gracefully is a wonderful thing, and a lot of aging rockers would do well to take the lead of people like Sting or Robert Plant when it comes to doing this. But seemingly almost giving up gracefully is another matter entirely. Rod Stewart helped set the standard for rock ‘n’ roll adrenaline back when the competition included people like Plant, Ian Gillan and others, mainly Brits.