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April 6, 2014 / thackersam

April 6 – Sunday – Rod Stewart – The Rod Stewart Album

Stewart - AlbumThe first song on this more than merely self-titled album is Rod’s version of The Rolling Stones’ “Street Fighting Man.” It suddenly hit me why I’m not as enthralled with Rod Stewart as I once was, except for a few songs and one album. He’s just singing the song. If it were not for his raspy voice, there would be no reason for him to do this song at all. There’s no emotion, no soul. I’m not saying he shouldn’t do others’ songs, particularly the well-known ones, after all, did I not rave about his live version of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” earlier on when we covered The Faces? But sometimes, a lot of times, he’s just a raspy singer, and that might be why he’s always reinventing himself, and that’s why what he’s doing now pretty much sucks. However, on this album is one of the songs that I would suggest for his Gasoline Alley tour, and that’s “Handbags & Gladrags,” an old song (it wasn’t then, it was written by one of the members of Manfred Mann) that suits the rich brat attitude going around today. Rod does add soul to the song and his voice makes the words that could be less meaningful coming from another person’s throat, seem more powerful.

I’m kind of disappointed in this album, and the workout was so-so, and a shower would feel real good right now.

I know, I owe everyone a fitness report. Soon, I promise.

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