Time is the recently released latest offering from Rod Stewart, two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Living Legend. This album marks a return to songwriting after almost two decades, a gift he thought was lost in his past.
The album contains 11 original tracks, marking the first concentrated songwriting burst since his last original release almost two decades ago. Much of the material for this album was created during the period he worked on the internationally best-selling book, Rod: The Autobiography.
The entire album resonates with Rod’s presence, his charisma and the instantly recognisable tones of his vocals. Opening with a very upbeat She Makes Me Happy this album tells a story of many of the things Stewart was revisiting from his life as he wrote his autobiography.
Can’t Stop Me Now tells of the determination to make it and ends with a grateful appreciative thanks to a man who believed in him through it all.
The songwriting on this album ranges from first teenaged love, to the anguish of marriage gone sour, stopping off at escape in the arms of your lover and making the most of every minute of your life. All leading to the glorious closer of Pure Love, written for his children and totally endearing, a beautiful piece of advice and comfort to all of his children that was almost enough to bring me to tears.
There may have been a long pause in Stewart’s songwriting but something was certainly saving it all up so that he could fill an album with important moments spanning his lifetime. I think there is quite a lot to like about this album and am pleased to see Rod Stewart recording originals again.
There is one cover, Picture In A Frame, which is very stripped back and emotional.
01 She Makes Me Happy
02 Can’t Stop Me Now
03 It’s Over
04 Brighton Beach
05 Beautiful Morning
06 Live The Life
07 Finest Woman
09 Picture In A Frame
10 Sexual Religion
11 Make Love To Me Tonight
12 Pure Love