Rod Stewart – Time {Deluxe Edition} (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Rod Stewart – Time {Deluxe Edition} (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:01:30 minutes | 736 MB | Genre: Pop
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Rod Stewart’s first album of new material in almost 20 years, Time marks his long-awaited return to his songwriting roots and features 12 tracks, 11 of which he wrote and produced. Fans were enthusiastic about Time: it topped the chart in the UK and reached number seven in the US, a landmark release in Stewart’s career. The album was written during a burst of inspiration in which he rediscovered his voice as a songwriter and rekindled his gift for composing the honest, nerve-touching narratives that have been the cornerstone of his music over the past three decades. This deluxe edition includes three bonus songs.

Once he became a superstar, Rod Stewart essentially gave up on songwriting because, let’s face it, it’s easier to play endless football and cavort with models. Every once in a while his muse returned, so he tried a little bit harder, such as in 1988 when he spun Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” into a song of his own, which wound up as the last hit single of his that he ever wrote. After that, he floated through the ’90s before finding a comfortable groove as an old-fashioned crooner in the new millennium, spending no less than a full decade revisiting songs from the Great American Songbook. Authoring his memoir – simply titled Rod: The Autobiography – jostled something within the old boy and he picked up his guitar once again, writing songs about his past and present. Hearing that Stewart strapped on a guitar suggests that perhaps he’s returned to the well-weathered folk-rock of his earliest solo albums and, certainly, parts of Time – the 2013 album that has his greatest concentration of originals in a quarter century – flirt with folk. Appropriately, these are the songs where Rod is besotted with the past, offering what amounts to a capsule synopsis of his memoir on “Can’t Stop Me Now,” revisiting his early pre-fame days as a busker on “Brighton Beach,” then telling us all to “Love the life you live/Live the life you love,” a sentiment that manages to not be the stickiest thing here thanks to a wealth of love songs to his third wife, Penny. Stewart’s overwhelming devotion certainly seems sincere – it’s a common thread that ties Time to Rod: The Autobiography, which had a running theme of how he was saved by the love of a good woman – but it’s also quite drippy, not helped by his decision to thread in elements of the Vegas schmaltz of his Great American Songbook (“Picture in a Frame”) within what’s essentially his revival of the glassy adult contemporary pulse of his Out of Order/Vagabond Heart days. At this point, after years of synthesized soft rock and glad-handed standards, this is a reflection of who Rod Stewart is in 2013: he is still a crowd-pleaser, still a bit of a sap, ready to romanticize days gone by but wanting to sound modern. As such, Time winds up a bit muddled, swinging from moments of genuine sweetness toward sharp saccharine, but even with all its flaws it’s nice to hear Stewart engaged again, both as a writer and a singer.

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
08 – Time
09 – Picture In A Frame
10 – Sexual Religion
11 – Make Love To Me Tonight
12 – Pure Love
13 – Corrina Corrina (Bonus Track)
14 – Legless (Bonus Track)
15 – Love Has No Pride (Bonus Track)