Time review by Rod Stewart

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  • Released: May 6, 2013
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (26 votes)
Rod Stewart: Time
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Sound — 8
Few other artists can say they've been successfully rocking the music scene, as both a solo artist and as part of a band, for as long as Rod Stewart has. Rod first began his musical career back in the early 1960s, as being part of the band Jimmy Powell and The Five Dimensions. From there, he was a member for a long string of bands, as well as launching his solo career in the late '60s, before eventually joining the now iconic rock group known as Faces. Since then, Rod has released now 28 studio albums on his own, not to mention played a significant part in forming some of classic rock's most memorable songs.

At this stage in the game, most artists would have now retired, or resulted to becoming simply an oldies band and touring off of their greatest hits. But Rod is continuing to give it his all, and does exactly that with his new studio album, "Time". And even more surprising is that despite what you might infer from the title, time is something that has not affected Rod in the obvious ways that it does most other artists pushing 70 years old.

For example, if we take a look at "She Makes Me Happy", Rod easily hits those high notes that most other artists at his age would struggle with, while backed by some contagious acoustic guitar work and some Celtic influences that makes for an overall standout song. No matter where you set the needle, "Time" is another top notch effort from Rod Stewart, whether it's the emotional ballad "It's Over", which deals around a recent heartbreak; or the racing "Beautiful Morning", there's little standing in the way of this album becoming an instant classic.

Lyrics — 9
A true surprising feature that comes alongside this new outing is the strengthy vocal performance that Rod gives. Like I mentioned above, most artists at his age would have hung it up long before now, or just stick to playing their classics night after night. But Rod is continuing to create great sounding new music, and vocally he sounds just as good, if not better, than he did on those albums from 40 years ago.

Overall Impression — 9
For the most part, "Time" is another standout album from Rod Stewart, that shows the renowned rock musician continuing to create music that sounds fresh, powerful and strong. Boasting proud Celtic influences and acoustic guitar playing, "Time" has Rod continuing to step into broader territories, while continuing to sound like himself. For any fan of his earlier works, this is a must-have album, that won't leave you disappointed.

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    logicbdj
    He was Jimmy Page's first choice for Zeppelin, but couldn't get him at the time... then someone told him about Plant.
    iommi600
    Haven't listened to this album yet, but I love almost everything made by Stewart. Despite my friends insist this should be a guilty pleasure. Bunch of ****ers.
    spyder52
    had a 5 second taste of that youtube clip... wasnt worth pausing The Doors
    MyS3lF
    woah i wasn't even aware he had a new album out, haven't seen anything from him lately, good stuff indeed!! quite amazed at how well he can still sing too, am buying this one right now!
    Rob Man
    He's still got it. Yeah, he was a Disco King in the past and took a few turns for the worse in the past, but he also has do a "ton" of good things for his career too. I love the songs- Maggie May, Broken Arrow, This, Forever Young, and other little fun songs to listen to. His Christmas album that he released in 2012 was also pretty good. I like these songs too. Face it, he's got financial security, the ladies still love him, he was once married to Rachel Hunter in her "prime"... He's a classic household name.
    UncleBluck
    Unfortunately Rods greatest claim to fame came as a disco singer in the late seventies & early eighties.....