ROD STILL DELIVERS IN HIS 29TH STUDIO ALBUM

ALBUM TITLE                        :        ANOTHER COUNTRY

ARTIST                                   :        ROD STEWART

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

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One thing which is very noticeable in this new album (his 29th studio album) from Rod Stewart is that there are lots of elements that you can find that refers to his older records.  For example, the track “Love Is” sounds like his top 10 Billboard hit years ago “Rhythm of My Heart.”  The use of guitar plucking in “Way Back Home” and “Friend for Life” seemed like both songs a salute to his classic hit (sounded like) “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.” Not only that he sounded like a repeat of younger version of himself, there is also a good deal of references that made some tracks in her sounds like tracks from other artist such as “Please” which sounds like “Man on Your Mind” from Little River Band and “Can’t We Stay Home Tonight” is like a remake of Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.”

Yes, this record is quite nostalgic in terms of melodies and hooks and even in ambience as “Walking In The Sunshine” will make you search your CD collection and find “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves. Or if you are fond of mash ups, you will find yourself mashing up this song with that of Spice Girls “Stop.” This new album of his also lacks coherence, most songs have elements that seemed to be forced like the reggae vibe in “Love and Be Loved” is calculated in order to add flavor to its already syrupy lyrics. In “We Can Win,” he tried to create a motivation anthem but still you can find traces of older songs from him in this track. “Last Train Home” is a good track to end the album; very eighties which is just right considering the whole nostalgic vibe of this record.

Another interesting feature in this record is that most of the tracks in this record have positive vibes because of its anthemic musical structure.  For example, he encouraged listeners to follow him in “Another Country” and find happiness in that another country. Despite the “honky tonk” element in “Every Rock and Roll Song To Me,” it is a good song to dedicate to your love one. “Great Day” made us of radio interaction to emphasize more positive energy into the track.

“Batman Superman and Spiderman” has an interesting title and expect a very lively track.  Unfortunately, his vocal performance seems like sad and instead you hear a track that sounds like a lullaby instead of action packed song.  But still it is a positive song, because it tells about a father’s desire to care for his child.

The album would have a certain sense of direction had “The Drinking Song” was not included as the track is quite out of place in this record.  It defeated the purpose of producing an album with positive messages.  If we frown on Madonna singing girl songs at age 58, we should also not encourage Rod Stewart and the like singing drinking songs at age over 60.

It is hard not to like the album though especially if you are a Rod Stewart fan.  Thus, I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 star.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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