ROD STE­WART

UNCUT - - New Al­bums - JA­SON AN­DER­SON

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.

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