Blood Red Roses REpUBLIC 7/10 The return of disco-rock Rod, minus the red suit
Sir Roderick’s third studio album since the writing of his memoir spurred him to try his hand at original songs again on 2013’s Time, Blood Red Roses is as stylistically varied as its predecessors. In the process, Stewart reintroduces at least one past self most fans never expected to see again but may have secretly wanted to. That’s the disco-rock Rod of “young Turks” and “Tonight I’m yours”, both of which are evoked by “hole In My heart” and “give Me love”, the most uptown-funky outings here. Though the title track’s Mumford-y bluster is less endearing and the poignancy of “Cold old london” and “honey gold” gets smothered in bombastic arrangements, it’s a thrill just to hear him so eager to go wherever his songs take him.