When you get a letter from One2One Network and Capitol Records, ladies you sit up and take notice! I was given the opportunity to spend time with Rod Stewarts new release, Time. It is classic Rod. Soft gruffness that gets you swinging your hips and bopping your toe. A vintage sound for his older listeners, and yet has a folksy bluesy John Mayerish descriptiveness to his lyrics. He brings real life (RL) into action in his own RL singing about emails and Starbucks. So, now we know Rod emails and goes to Starbucks.......good to know. He still has his bad boy somewhat seductive lyrics that secure his "can we really sing about that" reigning championship. I think he is reflective about his life, his loves, and God. The fact he is walking on the beach away from the camera perhaps showing off his best feature......his backside. I will admit, it has made him a great deal of money, fame and notoriety. He is up there with Mick Jaggar, Tom Jones and Elvis.
Its relaxed album sharing bits and tracks from a slice of time in his life. It has the Rod beat that is classic Rod Stewart followed by the voice that is so distinctive and truly his. You can tell "living the life you love and loving the life you live" is a common lyric thread throughout Time. I love all the basic instrumentals, harmonica and tambourine filled empty spaces keeping time and Time on the "now beat".
|Even though his face is not really there......you know its Rod!|
The day after I received it he was on The Voice. They can't stop him now. Rejected from record companies in his early years, he had a point to prove and said the tide is turning as he sings "I'm gonna make you proud". You wonder who it is he is making proud again with Time. He thanks them with lots of sweet words of affirmations.
Needless to say I was not a big Rod Stewart fan growing up. His big hits I liked alright, but this new album, Time has won me over.