Soulbook

Album Review of Soulbook by Rod Stewart.

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Soulbook

Rod Stewart

Soulbook by Rod Stewart

Release Date: Oct 26, 2009
Record label: J
Genre(s): Pop, R&B, Soul

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Soulbook - Mediocre, Based on 3 Critics

Entertainment Weekly - 58
Based on rating C+
58

After putting out five albums in five years between 2002 and 2006, Rod Stewart took a relative eternity to craft his latest set of hit-tune covers. Listening to Soulbook, you may wonder where all that time went. Though he’s in fine, satisfyingly scratchy voice throughout, Stewart rarely brings anything new to these indelible R&B gems, especially when he duets with the original artists, as in a too-faithful rendition of ”Tracks of My Tears” with Smokey Robinson.

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The Guardian - 40
Based on rating 2/5
40

Following the multimillion selling Great American Songbook series of 1930s and 40s covers, it was inevitable that ­Rod Stewart would eventually turn his chops to soul classics. Soulbook heaves with potential: arguably the greatest white soul singer faced with the songs that first inspired him to sing. Alas, instead of a small, tight band and a focused, driven Rod the Mod, the project creaks with over-syrupy productions and seemingly phoned-in vocals.

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The New York Times
Their review was unenthusiastic

ROD STEWART “Soulbook” (J) The British long ago made themselves curators of American R&B and soul as record collectors, disc jockeys and remake performers. Rod Stewart has been one of those remakers for decades. Since 2002 he has been releasing albums of tried-and-true songs: four “American Songbook” albums of Tin Pan Alley standards, a collection of rock oldies and now “Soulbook”: 1960s and ’70s hits from Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Motown and Philadelphia International Records.

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