Unquestionably one of rock’s greatest vocalists, Rod Stewart should have titled this album Great Rock Classics of My Time.
Most of these Top 40 tunes and others like Dylan’s ˝If Not for You˝ were popularized in the early to mid-’70s, when Stewart was entering his rock prime.
He’s perfect to croon Elvin Bishop’s ˝Fooled Around and Fell in Love,˝ soulfully pained on Bonnie Tyler’s ˝It’s a Heartache,˝ and right in the pocket on the Pretenders’ ˝I’ll Stand by You.˝ And his unmistakable raspiness puts another layer of wisdom on the old Cat Steven’s classic ˝Father & Son.˝
But you also have to wonder about some of the safe song choices, such Badfinger’s ˝Day After Day˝ and Nazareth’s ˝Love Hurts.˝
Why he continues to record mossy cover songs is a legitimate question. What’s stopping him from getting back in trenches with some contemporary rock songwriters and really reinventing himself?
The karaoke lounge is no place for a guy this great to hang.