8. Rod Stewart – Time

Posted: December 31, 2013 | Full size is 600 × 600 pixels

Didn’t see this one coming, either. I’ve had a soft spot for Rod Stewart since the early 70s and The Faces glory days but after more than a decade of inexorable cover albums and seemingly the longest writer’s block in rock history, this was a very pleasant surprise indeed. The live shows have gone a bit Vegas and at his age he is never going to write another Maggie May or Mandolin Wind, but on an album where he wears his age well (albeit with a wink) and comes to terms with his past, the poignant Brighton Beach, It’s Over and Pure Love and biographical Can’t Stop Me Now, are as good as anything he’s written in the last 30 years. Track down the Target-only issue for a wonderful rendition of Tom Waits’ Cold Water.

Watch video for ‘Brighton Beach’

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