ROD STE­WART BLOOD RED ROSES REPUB­LIC/UMG, OUT NOW

Q (UK) - - Review -

Fleet­ing mo­ments of joy on Brit rock in­sti­tu­tion’s 30th stu­dio set. To­wards the end of Blood Red Roses, Rod Ste­wart re­vis­its Muddy Wa­ters’s Rollin’ And Tum­blin’. On Ste­wart’s watch it be­comes a pumped-up coun­try hoe­down, and fits the nos­tal­gic mood of his lat­est al­bum. On opener Look In Her Eyes, Ste­wart re­vis­its the se­ducer in Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?, from the per­spec­tive of an older, wiser man. He takes a sim­i­lar ap­proach to Honey Gold and Didn’t I (the last ad­mon­ish­ing drug abuse – “didn’t I tell you that stuff would kill you”). Sadly, though, the pair­ing of this re­flec­tive Rod with 2018’ s ul­tra-slick pro­duc­tion and some route-one songs of­ten dis­ap­points. Ste­wart’s In­dian sum­mer as an artist is a cause for cel­e­bra­tion – you just wish he was bet­ter served by the ma­te­rial. ★★ MARK BLAKE Lis­ten To: Look In Her Eyes | Honey Gold

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