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5.0 out of 5 stars (Almost) Back to his best, 13 July 2013
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This is a great return to form for Rod. I've been a big fan since Maggie May and the 'Every picture tells a story' album.
I've been disappointed a few times over the years with some very average albums from him ('Body Wishes', and 'Camouflage' spring to mind) and can't get into the american songbook stuff at all, but listening to this makes me remember why I got into Rod Stewart in the first place. The album feels slightly 'manufactured' in the fact he's returned to the early instruments (violin, acoustic guitars, mandolin etc) this was obviously done on purpose hence the (at times) slightly manufactured quip, but the songs are so good he carries it off. Loads of highlights 'She makes me Happy' 'Can't stop me now' 'Brighton Beach' and especially the title track 'Time' This song really sounds like the faces and it doesn't get much better than that. Only track I don't like is 'Sexual Healing' which sounds a bit too close to his disco period for comfort. If you loved the early Seventies Rod Stewart solo albums (Every picture, Never a dull moment) you'll love this album as well. Now he's back in the right direction things can only get better if he re-joins the current Faces line-up! We can always dream, but in the meantime enjoy Rod back doing the style of songs he does best.
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Initial post: 13 Jul 2013 19:19:30 BDT
John B says:
Agree with almost everything you say in your review, even down to your highlights and least preferred (although you said 'Sexual Healing' instead of 'Sexual Religion'). If you have not listened to it I think that there is much on the Rod Stewart 'Sessions' collection you would like. For example, I was blown away by Rod's acoustic version of 'The Great Pretender' from that collection. It's one of those tracks to listen to without any background noise.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2013 12:18:36 BDT
Gary Stoker says:
Hi John,
Thanks for pointing out the song title mistake, didn't know I'd typed that.
I've got the Rod Stewart sessions boxset which I love and I've also got the Faces 'Five guys walk into a bar' boxset
which is up there as my best music purchase ever. Thanks for your comment.
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