by Rod Stewart


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Once he became a superstar, Rod Stewart essentially gave up on songwriting because, let's face it, it's easier to play endless football and cavort with models. Every once in a while his muse returned, so he tried a little bit harder, such as in 1988 when he spun Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" into a song of his own, which wound up as the last hit single of his that he ever wrote. After that, he floated through the '90s before finding a comfortable groove as an old-fashioned crooner in the new millennium, spending no less than a full decade revisiting songs from the Great American Songbook. Authoring his memoir -- simply titled Rod: The Autobiography -- jostled something within the old boy and he picked up his guitar once again, writing songs about his past and present. Hearing that Stewart strapped on a guitar suggests that perhaps he's returned to the well-weathered folk-rock of his earliest solo albums and, certainly, parts of Time -- the 2013 album that has his greatest concentration of originals in a quarter century -- flirt with folk. Appropriately, these are the songs where Rod is besotted with the past, offering what amounts to a capsule synopsis of his memoir on "Can't Stop Me Now," revisiting his early pre-fame days as a busker on "Brighton Beach," then telling us all to "Love the life you live/Live the life you love," a sentiment that manages to not be the stickiest thing here thanks to a wealth of love songs to his third wife, Penny. Stewart's overwhelming devotion certainly seems sincere -- it's a common thread that ties Time to Rod: The Autobiography, which had a running theme of how he was saved by the love of a good woman -- but it's also quite drippy, not helped by his decision to thread in elements of the Vegas schmaltz of his Great American Songbook ("Picture in a Frame") within what's essentially his revival of the glassy adult contemporary pulse of his Out of Order/Vagabond Heart days. At this point, after years of synthesized soft rock and glad-handed standards, this is a reflection of who Rod Stewart is in 2013: he is still a crowd-pleaser, still a bit of a sap, ready to romanticize days gone by but wanting to sound modern. As such, Time winds up a bit muddled, swinging from moments of genuine sweetness toward sharp saccharine, but even with all its flaws it's nice to hear Stewart engaged again, both as a writer and a singer.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/2013
Label: Capitol
UPC: 5099993478922
catalogNumber: 347892
Rank: 13353

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rod Stewart   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Kenny Aronoff   Drums,Tambourine
Jim Cregan   Acoustic Guitar
Brian Dembow   Viola
Stephen Erdody   Celli
Chuck Kentis   Harmonica,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Don Kirkpatrick   Acoustic Guitar,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Nick Lane   Horn
Edward Meares   Bass
David Palmer   Drums
Katia Popov   Violin
Kevin Savigar   Piano,Celeste,Conductor,Keyboards
Lee Thornburg   Horn
Cecilia Tsan   Celli
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Jimmy Roberts   Horn,Saxophone
Di Reed   Background Vocals
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Paul Warren   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Shawn Mann   Viola
Antony Cooke   Celli
Angela Fisher   Background Vocals
Michael Valerio   Bass
Emerson Swinford   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Andrew Schulman   Celli
Matt O'Connor   Maracas,Tambourine,Shaker
Kim Johnson   Background Vocals
Conrad Korsch   Bass
Timothy Loo   Celli
Lucy Woodward   Background Vocals
Dave Walther   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Neel Hammond   Violin
Belinda Broughton   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Serena McKinney   Violin
Kathleen Sloan   Violin
Angela Michael   Background Vocals
Stephen Dress   Bass
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Celli
Nina Evthuhov   Violin
J'Anna Jacoby   Mandolin,Strings,Violin
Thomas Diener   Viola
Marc Sazer   Violin
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Grace E. Oh   Violin
Bridget Cady   Background Vocals
Luke Mauer   Viola
Yelena Tegoryan   Violin
Sandy Chilla   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer,Producer
Tom Waits   Composer
Kathleen Brennan   Composer
Jim Cregan   Composer,Producer
Chuck Kentis   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Don Kirkpatrick   Composer
David Palmer   Composer
Kevin Savigar   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Tom Weir   Engineer
Paul Warren   Composer,Vocal Producer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Emerson Swinford   Composer
John 5   Composer
Conrad Korsch   Composer
Penny Lancaster   Cover Photo
Dennis Stainken   Marketing
Jessica Rousseau   Composer

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