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Editors’ Notes

Rod Stewart has been blessed with one of pop music’s most natural voices. In his youth, he sang hard. Middle age found him softening up. His later days find him looking back through songbooks for tunes where he can easily add his golden throat without too much wear and tear. It isn’t quite the force of nature it once was; Stewart occasionally sounds tentative. “It’s the Same Old Song” kicks uptempo, but Stewart takes it cautiously, blending into the mix of backing vocalists just when it’s his turn to take things higher. The always tough “Higher and Higher” from Jackie Wilson simply can’t be met but is infused with Stewart’s warm deliver anyhow. Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” adds Wonder on harmonica while Stewart coasts. Anyone expecting Stewart to issue a musical challenge will be disappointed, but for those who enjoy hearing a familiar friend put his touch to old favorites, Stewart’s takes on Smokey Robinson’s “Tracks of My Tears” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me” are like a letter home.

Customer Reviews

He's got Soul

Stewart has spent this decade singing covers and he continues this notion in Soulbook, a collection of classic soul numbers being interpretated as only Stewart can. With his destinctly raspy voice he tackles songs such as The Same Old Song (The Four Tops), Higher and Higher (Jackie Wilson) and Wonderful World (Sam Cooke) to name a few. Stewart does a great job at making them his own I feel. The Same Old Song, Higher and Higher, Love Train and Wondeful World are highlights.

True these songs are covers but I feel that Stewart brings somthing fresh to these songs. True What Becomes of the Broken Hearted will always be Jimmy Ruffins song but Stewarts vocal offers somthing new and interesting to the song as it does throughout most of the album.

With duets with Stevie Wonder, Smoky Robinson and others this is good album which fans will love.Overall a good fun album bursting with soul wich in in doubt because of Stewarts golden vocal.

However some new material from Stewart would be nice next time, Rod Stewart ablum rather than a song/soulbook album.

High point - Higher and Higher
Low point - Rainy night in Georgia

Better than his other cover albums

For those of us that grew up with his music from the late sixties onwards it would have been hard to imagine then that his later career would be spent making albums of covers! Having said that I was never too impressed with his earlier cover albums, this however is in another league, great interpretations of some well known sixties and seventies classics. You might wonder if the recording of these songs could equal or even better the excellent originals. You Make me Feel Brand New, Higher and Higher and My Cherie Amour stand out and at least match the original versions done way back when. Well done lad!

V.good Stuff

Not one of the most remarkable albums Rod's released but certinly one of his smoothest yet. This won't blow your socks off, more it'll slip them on for you slowly, caressing your imagination and emotions as it does so. Nice one Rodders.


Born: 10 January 1945 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Over the course of his career, Rod Stewart has had it all. He's been lauded as the finest singer of his generation, he's written several songs that turned into modern standards, he sang with the Faces, who rivaled the Rolling Stones in their prime, he had massive commercial success. Stewart also saw his critical respect slip away during the '80s, when he recorded lightweight pop and although he did record some terrible albums — and he would admit that freely — Stewart will always be remembered...
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