Rod has come away from his lengthy Great American Songbook project with a renewed zest for recording his own material - 11/12 songs here were co-written by him and it's the tracks with a retro-Rod feel that work best for me, musically at least - acoustic guitars, violins, harmonica, mandolin and more feature on several tracks and there are a couple of neat sax breaks if you like that sort of thing (I do). There's even a celeste (I had to look that one up) on "Live The Life". Any fans who have read Rod's recent autobiography will recognise many of the song titles and themes. It's good to hear some new material from the tartan troubadour - it's been some time ... a new album from Rod Stewart! Buy it. Play it. Enjoy it!