Rod Stewart's Blood Red Roses: What You Need To Know
In a career spanning six decades, there isn't much Rod Stewart hasn't achieved: with over 200 million album sales, wins at the BRITs and the Grammys, his own star of Hollywood's walk of fame, a knighthood and a double-inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rod has pretty much done the lot.
But even at the age of 73 Stewart shows few signs of slowing down and with a newly announced UK tour kicking off next year, the veteran singer is back this week with the 30th studio album of his long and distinguished career.
Blood Red Roses makes its arrival in stores today (Friday September 28th), here's everything you need to know about it...
A little background...
Stewart's most recent album came in 2015 in the form of Another Country, which was kept off the top spot in the UK Album Chart only by Elvis Presley (with a little help from Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). Since then, Stewart has played a string of gigs as part of a residency at Caeser's Palace in Las Vegas, the most recent leg of which stretched to June this year.
In the meantime the former Faces frontman has appeared on a reworked version of his hit 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy' courtesy of DNCE and has been busy writing songs for a follow-up to Another Country, writing and recording at the studio in his Los Angeles home. The album's lead-off single 'Didn't I?' arrived in July this year, with the announcement of the release date and title of his 30th studio album following in September.
Who's producing it?
The album is co-produced by Rod himself and longtime collaborator Kevin Saviger, who has previously worked on several of Stewart's albums as well as many other by the likes of Pat Benetar, Lita Ford and Bob Dylan, to name a handful.
Any special guests?
New York-born singer-songwriter Bridget Cady, who has toured with Rod on several occasions, puts in an appearance on 'Didn't I?', but besides that it's pretty much just Stewart on his own here.
What does it sound like?
With 10 original compositions and three cover versions scattered across the new album's 13 tracks, there's a fair bit of variety in terms of style, but nothing you'd call a radical departure. 'Didn't I?' is a parent's lament on drug use set to an upbeat pop-rock backing track, while 'Grace' sees Stewart channeling his Celtic roots and 'Look In Her Eyes' is the veteran crooner's offering for the dancefloor, all of which are underpinned by Stewart's trademark gravelly vocals.
Does it deliver?
Sir Rod isn't reinventing any wheels here, but that's unlikely to be a disappointment to his army of loyal fans and Blood Red Shoes sees him continue the form he's shown on other recent outings such as Another Country and its predecessor, Time.