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Time to take the rose-coloured glasses off folks
on 1 June 2013
There was a time back in the early 70's when rod was loved by everyone with musical tastes right across the board and was considered just about the coolest cat in town. This continued up to the late 70's. we even forgave him the disco pap of 'dya think im sexy'
since then rod hasnt done anything of any relevance. His forays into the 'great american songbook' were frankly laughable, like donald duck sings frank sinatra. This is supposed to be a comeback album of sorts. But is it any good?
Well - the voice is still there, albeit weakened by his much publicised nodule problems years ago. The songs on here are pretty twee though, as is evidenced by the song titles. As with david bowies latest, we are in 4/4 heavan (hell?)too, with every song kinda melding into the next as a result. The standout track is 'time' which gets away from the utter tweeness of the lyrics of the all the other songs and starts to get into something more meaningful, before the predictable 4/4 drum arrangement kicks in and ruins it
The album sounds awash with reverb as well which gives it an almost 80's feel in parts, and further detracts from rods voice. All in all this is pretty insipid stuff
what rod needs to do at this stage of the game is to go one of two ways. either;
a) start rocking it up(and i mean ROCK not the jingly-jangly guitars present here)as per the faces heyday, and bring back all the old swagger
b) go back to the stripped down acoustic route of his best 70's stuff, 'reason to believe', 'hard lesson to learn' etc
Better still, an album with a mix of both styles, as per the great atlantic crossing
Rod can write a pretty good song when he wants to (see 'the killing of georgie') but here he sounds very uninspired and lame, and this album isnt worthy of him at all or of his great 70's legacy. Sorry Rod