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Every Picture Tells A Story

Rod Stewart

1971

Every Picture Tells A Story

Album Summary

Every Picture Tells a Story is the third studio album by Rod Stewart. It was released on 28 May 1971. It incorporates hard rock, folk, and blues styles. It went to number one on both the UK and US charts and finished third in the Jazz & Pop critics' poll for best album of 1971. It has been an enduring critical success, including a number 172 ranking on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Rating

3.22

Votes

5274

Genres

  • Rock
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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Much less grandma-pleasing than I had been led to believe (by literally no-one). There’s a real thump to Rod’s music, a driving energy, a sense that he has to get these tunes out. That he does so with one of the most satisfyingly impossible-to-mimic-because-you’ll-end-up-coughing voices in music is much to his credit.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

another album where only half the songs are good but like... I think all of us had the simultaneous realization that Rod Stewart kind of slaps and we're unsure how to handle this information.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
2

Man... apologies to the folks who love the guy but Rod Stewart is just so daggum mediocre. There's literally nothing special about 99% of his songs. Even "Maggie May" his big break-out song is just... meh. It starts with some weird chamber music piece which doesn't even segue into the main song. It just stops. Then starts a relatively bland song. Just not a fan.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

I was not put on this earth to "get" Rod Stewart.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
3

I listened to this album a couple times and I’d be happy to hear it again although I’m not going to seek it out. Rod Stewart has a unique voice with all his raspiness. I dig it. I found out that Rod Stewart had 15 albums in a 20 year period (1969-1988) with no gap greater than 2 years. Even though he’s not “my guy,” that’s impressively consistent production.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Before listening to this album, Maggie May was the only Rod Stewart song I liked...it still is.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
2

I'm gonna try to recreate my train of thought while listening to this yesterday, because it was all over the place... -This is kinda boring -This seems like a very, very long time. It says 4:02, but it's clearly been 20 minutes of repeating that line. -It's trending more towards blues and bluegrass? That's kind of unexpected. -I don't remember "Maggie May" starting like that? Have I never heard the whole song before? -This came out in 1971!? Never would have guessed that. Rod's been around a long time. The folk elements make more sense in that context. Would have guessed early 80s if you asked me about the two singles on this record. -A lot of bluegrass/folk vibes, but in a boring way... how is he making bluegrass that boring? -These last two songs do not fit on this album. Much more electric guitar and piano. Overall uninspiring. A lot of classic songs have a nostalgia factor that makes me like them more now than I would if I heard them today for the first time. But I actually liked "Maggie May" less than the version stuck in my deep memory circuits.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Every pictures tells a story and damn was this a story. Just a great folk aesthetic I really appreciated :)

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Mon Nov 29 2021
2

I've had a lifelong dislike of Rod, so was dreading this. It was actually reasonably harmless and there has certainly been a lot worse included in this quest so far!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

“Every Picture Tells a Story” by Rod Stewart (1971) Oooo, this is a gem! This album excels from start to finish, with no bumps in the road. Sir Roderick’s voice is proof that one can be a great singer without the natural gifts of a Pavarotti or a Crosby (Bing, not David). Stewart’s (in)famous raspiness enhances the soulfulness of his melodies, à la Janis Joplin. Ronnie Wood (with The Rolling Stones for the past 30 years) shines on guitar, and who knew in 1971 that mandolin could rock? Now youngsters listening to this album for the first time will likely be struck by the initial thinness of the mix (and subdued bass), but please notice how this engineering choice enhances the individual instrumental performances. You’ve got to listen to this album with headphones. Lyrics are second only to Dylan. Flaws? Well, sure. Bass is seriously out of tune at the end of “Seems Like a Long Time” (but strangely not at the beginning). Recording on “Amazing Grace” is not clean—a lot of distracting background noises. Some tracks have wobbly tempo. There are even a few embarrassing vocal flourishes. “Maggie May” is a classic love ballad about a teenage boy who has regrets about falling for a significantly older bimbo. What 16-year-old boy (me) could resist this tune? “Mandolin Wind” is epic. Still brings tears. And Stewart’s cover of “(I Know) I’m Losing You” rocks and rocks and rocks. Better than The Temptations or Rare Earth. Complete your education. Listen to this one. 5/5

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Mon Aug 02 2021
5

Brilliant. Proper rock from when Rod could sing and before it all went gooey (ie everything from Atlantic crossing onwards). Absolutely love The Faces. I haven't played Maggie May for decades because I thought I was bored of it, but the shit this list has put forward so far reminds me that I am so not. It is a world apart and brought a tear to my eye - and what a guitar solo! Mandolin wind, Reason to believe, Every picture... track after track top quality. Just wonderful, wonderful, music. Joy from start to finish. Get in, get up, get out!

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Mon Aug 23 2021
5

As working-class rockers go, this is the British equivalent of prime Bruce, and I'm in two minds about which I prefer, pulled in one direction by the anthemic pomp and literary chops of Springsteen, and in another by the Britishness of Stewart's act. And act being the operative word here, because the spiritual birthplace of Stewart's persona and style is the British Legion or Working Man's Club. I can picture his less talented brethren standing up in front of my nan this weekend, giving it some welly while she makes short work of her Bacardi and black. He even sounds like half the audience, throat racked from smoking. These roots also bear out in the meanings he extracts from his lyrics (whether his own or others'): simple, everyday truths to live by, even if their provenance is grander (Dylan, say, or Amazing Grace). “I couldn't quote you no Dickens, Shelley or Keats / Cause it's all been said before” he sings on the opener, just as my mum’s Auntie Jo might, before also telling you “Make the best out of the bad, just laugh it off”, or “we all need a reason to believe”, or “every picture tells a story”, or “hard times are only the other side of good times”. As for the chief quality of working class music, the one that gets the local greasers down to the disco to dance themselves into puddles of sweat on the floor, he’s a master. I’m talking, of course, about rhythm. The Big Beat. Even the gentler songs provide a kick up the ass. This alchemy might sound simple when divided into its constituent parts but it’s magic when all bubbling together, especially as Stewart’s really an epicure in disguise – just check out the mandolin, celeste, violin and other embellishments.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

That was amazing, a great artist. I have to listen sober this album now.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Great rock album. Classic Rod Stewart that launched him from the Jeff Beck years. Long before he became Rod 'The Bod' and the disco years, this album shows why he was great.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Love the mandolin.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

Maggie may is een prachtig nummer, mandolin wind is ook tof. voor de rest, gewoon een goed album, denk wel dat ik nog eens iets van hem wil beluisteren.

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Tue Nov 02 2021
3

No real stand-outs. Mandolin Wind do be kinda nice doe

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Fri Dec 31 2021
3

Gotta respect the Rod and his impact on music. He was my second concert ever. Mom was a little bummed because was supposed to be my first, which she was pretty excited about to bring me to my first one but then my sister picked up some Yes tickets which ended up being before Rod. I remember Rod had a hell of a lot of energy, running all around the stage and kicking soccer balls into the crowd. I also remember the group next to my dad smoking weed and my dad asking me if I wanted to switch seats. Kind of a lot of slower songs on this album. Every Picture Tells a Story is classic rock and roll, Maggie May used to be one of my favorites and always liked Reason to Believe.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
3

Another man I've been senselessly prejudiced against for years, I'm glad to get a chance to listen to him. I Like his raspy voice, a bit like CCR's John Fogarty. Enjoyed Maggie May, probably the only one I was properly familiar with. Class mandolin section near the end. Similarly liked Mandolin Wind. Shit I didn't know Rod did I Know I'm losing you! Great Song and great cover.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
2

Maybe I just take this kind of music for granted, but I couldn’t imagine a more unremarkable album.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Ugh. Sounds like a mediocre bar band - you know the one... they have some raw talent but they're either too lazy or too drunk to bother learning the songs. My overwhelming impression while slogging through this sloppy set was "Geez - how much longer is this song?". Not without charm, but certainly lacking in execution.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Great album! Love the slide guitars and of course, Rod Stewart's gritty voice.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Such a perfect album.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Rod Stewart the man I like rhis

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

false

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

Buen disco con temas icónicos

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Variadito, medio ecléctico. Qué bueno que escuché a Rod Stewart pa ver de qué va todo el fuss en torno a él. Me gustó ese inicio de laud isabelino en Maggie May (lo que le sigue también divertido) y lo movido de That's Allright, hasta me puso de buen humor. Mood: country alegre

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Rod is great. Awesome album.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Cuando llegué a este juego me gustaban dos rolas de este wey. Ahora salgo fan. Gran mezcla de Rhythm and Blues, folk inglés, country y Dylanesquerías.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
5

Freaking awesome; never listened to it... loved it

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Sat Jul 31 2021
5

Fantastic. T to B

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Quite enyoable. I like it. 3/5 Oh fuck you Rod Stewart, "(I know) I'm Losing You" and "(Find A) Reason To Believe" fucking broke me. The lyrics are heart wrenching after losing someone you hold dear. 5 stars from my broken heart :))

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

If this excitement has taught me anything it’s that I guess I like Rod Stewart

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

Own this album because it's the #1 album on another "must have" list. And it really is great: melodic, lyrical, listenable. Highly recommend it. Found Rod's new 2021 album while loading up this one. Didn't need to add - already own.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
5

This album honestly blows my mind. Growing up for some reason I was taught that listening to Rod Stewart had to be a somewhat ironic activity - taught that he was on one hand a relic of an older period of crooners and cheese and yet somehow also not a legitimate legend in the same vein as the other crooners before and after him. They were wrong. This album is pure genius start to finish, it holds up to anything attributable to any of those other artists that seem to be treated as more authentic in some way. 1971 - consider the productions going on at the same time and you'll find yourself comparing this album favourably to the most lasting classics (maybe not equal to some of those in some respects, but certainly in the playing field). Maybe it's just my experience and other people were shown from the start he is a legitimate classic artist, but this really is a revelation to me. It holds up to any other album of the late 60s early 70s without a doubt, but also unlike many of those contemporary records, fifty years on, it feels immediate and current throughout. This is why I joined the site! I would have never known.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
5

Preconceptions are a terrible thing. I first heard this album last year, having had no interest in Rod Stewart for most of my life. He just seemed one of those performers from a distant era and of little relevance nowadays. Then I discovered that this album is quite rated, so I gave it a spin. And I was totally blown away. It turns out old Rod's a excellent interpretor of songs, capable of delivering real warmth and sentiment. Now, Rod was still in Faces at the time, and Every Picture Tells A Story is compabale to the excellent A Nod Is As Good..., but Every Picture Tells A Story just manages to pip its half-brother by the sheer weight of the songs. In particular, (I Know) I'm Losing You is surely one of the best covers of a Motown song out there. An unalloyed delight.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
5

This is the album where it all came together folk with gospel with blues and it ROCKS! The title track, Mandolin Wind and Maggie May ensure its all time classic status, but the choice of covers are all spot on especially I Know I'm Losing You. 5 🌟

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

fantastic album. literally every song is amazing. Maggie May is a top 10 song all time for me.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Rod Stewart. Varios megahits. Vinilo.

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Mon May 09 2022
5

Classic old rod Stewart, Maggie may.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

I like Rod Stewart. This is really good songwriting and a very soulful performance.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

This is Rod Stewart's third album where all members of his current band at the time, Faces, appeared. The music on the album is described as rock, folk, blues, country and soul. All those styles are easily heard throughout the album. The album is essentially classic Rod Stewart orginal songs and great cover versions of other songs. There is a looseness to the playing that almost gives it a jam band feel. Stewart's vocal delivery is pretty much phenomenal; is it his best career moment? All of these songs are about girlfriends, former lovers, current lovers or relationships. The title track, "Every Picture Tells a Story," has always had an urgency in the music and his vocals that I've really liked and never really heard again from him. It's loose but it rocks. "Maggie May" was a B-side to "Reason to Believe" and became the albums' biggest hit. Just great vocals and an iconic song. Another B-side song, " Mandolin Wind" is the highlight of the album for me with its mandolin, slide guitar and heartbreaking lyrics about sticking with his lover/wife/girlfriend through sickness. Just a masterpiece. I also really like the rockin" Temptations cover "I'm Losing You." So, this is what Rod Stewart can be and was...a pretty high achievement.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

I knew I was going to love it and I did.

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Vraiment trop bon vhaque chanson est bien produite. Ca a ca plave dans cette liste absolument et je reecouterai certainemebt. Une belle note merité

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

This is a fucking masterpiece. Every single song.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

I love this album.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Yeah, this is pretty great. What a great band. Probably a lot of people think Rod Stewart is kind of cheesy from his 80s power-ballad output. This shows he is one of the great rock vocalists. Also from a time when records meant you had 8 great songs and no room for filler. (If I was able to type something for Siamese Dream, that was my only complaint). Classic!

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Really enjoyed the album some great songs, and one that I listened to throughout my life with my parents and grandparent big fans.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Rod Stewart (and the Faces -- sort of) at their best. The mix of covers and originals work beautifully together with Stewart's rasp to pull it all together. Just so many great songs on this record. For me, this is the Apex of his work.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

When I was young I read an article that asserted no musician squandered God-given gifts more than Rod Stewart. These early discs and the descent to Do Ya Think I'm Sexy are, obviously what gave rise to that comment. Rod blends folk, blues and hard rock in a mix of self-penned and covers at a level few have achieved. The material was so deep that Maggie May was a B-side (Reason to Believe was the A-side until DJs had their way). A tremendous achievement and for me, the highlight of a long career.

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

All time classic. Have love this one since I was a teenager in the late 70’s

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

WTF happened to Rod Stewart? With this album he makes the quintessential rock/folk album and then just a few short years later he's dressing in spandex and singing Do Ya' Think I'm Sexy. Oh well, at least we have these early years. Just a beautiful album full of beautiful songs beautifully produced. 5 stars.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

You know how you remember some albums from the party you were at where that was the only album that got a spin all night. I remember the Abbey Road party in Sefton when I was 19 & a local thug named Harold Smith did a job on my mate Geoff & we ended up in Emergency at Fairfield Hospital. I remember the Hot August Night party at Ultimo when I was 23. And in-between those two, I remember the Every Picture Tells A Story party at Dulwich Hill when I was 21 & the party’s host, Glenn, was sniffing around my girlfriend. I think I was totally familiar with this album by night’s end. I have to say it still sounds great. And I have to agree with Robert Christgau that “ it's the mandolin and pedal steel that come through sharpest.\" So true. Ronnie Wood and “the mandolin player in Lindisfarne” are terrific. Stewart was always great at choosing material & it’s no different here, but I reckon the best 3 tracks are the 3 originals. This is Rod at his peak. A winner.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Definitely, this is the highlight of Rod Stewart's long and illustrious career, at least artistically. Recorded with his mates from, The Faces this could also be considered the best Faces record, as well. Quality songs and excellent musicianship, Every Picture Tells A Story is an essential listen, especially if you only know Stewart from his later work and god forbid, the disco era.

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Rod Stewart. Varios megahits. Vinilo.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
4

7.5/10

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Good stuff

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Great crooner

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

God Bless Rod Stewart!

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

I think this one might be Peak Rod Stewart. While the voice is clearly an iconic element, there is also tons of understated, subtle mastery in how the music is produced and engineered.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

No voy a dar explicaciones 😡

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

false

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

Classic rock is classic. My wife would give this 10 stars.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Un álbum agradable, nunca había escuchado un disco completo de Rod Stewart, pero la pasé bien, aunque no sea tanto mi género. La voz me gusta mucho y todo el álbum me da vibras gringas, aunque él sea británico, pero pues son los sonidos, ¿no? Medio folk y esas cosas. Creo que no hay canción que me aburriera, tienen buenas variaciones, suenan bien, pero "Every Picture Tells A Story", "That's All Right" y "Mandolin Wind" me gustaron más. En fin, 8.5/10

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

“Maggie May” and “(Find A) Reason To Believe” make it pop

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

One of those albums that is probably on the list because of its most popular song. Maggie May is classic and some others are alright but it got kinda boring by the last 3 songs. 7

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

En su línea. Ameno y con ritmo

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Classic Rock classic! Not a masterpiece, but an astounding strong record, with some of best rock tracks of the decade: Maggie May, Mandolin Wind... It would be 4.5 stars if possible

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Sun Apr 18 2021
4

I’ve not heard this album before and I’m not a Rod Stewart fan. This combined with the lyrics of the first song were guaranteeing a low score, but then Maggie Bell’s vocals kicked in near the end and saved the day. I hear he’s also re-written the lyrics. I like the rambling, rootsie, guitar-jam, gospel-feel to the album, especially the slide & violin. Fortunately, only a few tracks are credited to Rod. The last two songs are great covers. I couldn’t bear to listen to Maggie May one more time but the acoustic intro on the album version is nice.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Great album.I loved Rod in this era before he became a ''pop star''

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

this was alright. it was a little boring but a nice listen and the songwriting was decent. 7/10

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Really nice surprise. One of the best albums here so far. Some songs are maybe unnecessarily long though.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

Brilliant. Even know a lot of the words.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

You dont have a friend in me

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

not as bad as I was expecting.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Sounds like an album good for a backyard get together with friends on a hot summer evening

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

I know I listened to this, and I thought I rated it, but I guess not. I like it, thought it was something that dad would listen to.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

I liked it

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Not totally surprised this is as good as it is after the way Nick Hornby talked about old Rod Stewart in his novel 31 songs. (I know) I'm Losing You being my favourite.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Not really my thing - mastering was ok. Rhythms are great tho! I liked the tempo change on track 1

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Tue May 11 2021
4

The Maggie May album :)

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Pretty good album including his most popular song.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

A mix of country and classic rock that I liked. Very pleasant to listen to. (7/10) Favorite Tracks: Maggie May, Mandolin Wind

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Great reminisce...some top quality tunes mandolin wins, every picture, Maggie,

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

Rod Stewart has such a great voice!

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

I've never been a fan of Rod Stewart's voice, but this album was surprisingly great as a whole.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Love me some Maggie May

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Pretty solid

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Surprisingly good dad rock

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Surprised how much I liked it

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Great voice

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Музыка, но мне было тяжело сконцентрироваться на альбоме в целом. Хотя конец приятнейший. Слушается легко.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

-"Every Picture Tells A Story" and "That's All Right" pick up nice towards the end after starting bluesyish. -Nice bluesy rock. If it had a little more intensity it probably would get up to 5 stars

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Solid

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

Used to listen to this record as a kid as my mom had a lot of his albums. Hot Rod doesn’t get the credit he deserves. This album balances nicely his rockier side with his crooner stylings that we saw a lot of in his later career. Really enjoyed the backing vocalists and a lot of the band jams here. Mandolin Wind, in particular features some fantastic instrumentation. Could have done without the Amazing Grace rendition at the end of “That’s All Right”. Not that it was a bad rendering, I just found myself asking why it was there? Fave tracks: “Maggie May” (Obviously) “Seems Like A Long Time” “Mandolin Wind”

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

Practically a Faces album in disguise and easily his best solo work. Has a wide range of emotions throughout but on the whole is a very warm and enjoyable record. He certainly has a very distinct and soulful voice which is balanced well in the mix.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
4

I enjoyed this! Rod seems to put a lot of heart into his singing. I used to not like his voice, but it has grown on me and I do like it now.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

There is a deep part of me that links back with Rod Stewart. In a way his music has always been a part of my life. This album is just another thread in that web. It’s fantastic and touches on folk, rock, and even a hint of soul. His raspy voice and picked guitar are timeless. Some of these songs will be played at my funeral.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Rod sounds great, sounds like it was a lot of fun in that studio.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

was aightttt

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uufIBy8VWOU

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

its ok. 3.5 would be my grade. round up to 4.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

If you grew up in the 80s, Rod Stewart could be (was) looked at a cheesy clown - boring middle of the road soccer mom music - and it even got a lot worse after that. And I definitely slagged on him a lot - for most of his video "hits" and even some in his recent past (e.g. disco stylings of "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy"). Good god no turn the station now please. But goddamn if there wasn't about an 18-24 month period in the early 70s where Rod Stewart wasn't the Man. And this is in that sweet spot - right off the bat from the first song, the title track (which makes me think of one of my favourite movies "Almost Famous" as it was used in a scene). The album vacillates between driving rock and mellow folk, from guitar-based to country violin and mandolins. I believe "Maggie May" was his biggest hit, in North America at least. To today's ears it surely sounds, well, old. But gritty blues-based rock has to start somewhere and if it didn't start here it was refined (in a year - 1971 - that had an absurd and historic amount of amazing music released) or distilled on this album to near perfection, backed by The Faces who for some stupid business reasons couldn't all be credited. Personal favourites are the title track and "I'm Losing You" It's not perfect (e.g. the weird Amazing Grace bit seems a little out of place and I wouldn't have minded a little more of the better up-tempo material) but it's a great snapshot and an easy ~40 minute listen - a perfect example of all the musical creativity exploding everywhere in 1971. 8/10 4 stars

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

I liked it! The non-hits we're still great. Loved his cover of Elvis. Still a bit to folky for a perfect score

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Classic rock

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Sat Dec 04 2021
4

Maggie was abusive to Rod

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Much better than I expected; definitely different from the Rod Stewart I’ve known over my life.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Supremely enjoyable, this.

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Sat Dec 25 2021
4

Decent, liked the instrumentation and Stewart's raspy voice. A bit commercial-sounding though.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

decently nice album with some interesting elements to complement the rock ballads,

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

The mandolin industry really owes Rod quite a great debt. Dude absolutely owned that sound. Also every Rod Stewart song on this album is secretly two to three Rod Stewart's songs - it's a secret to everybody.

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

love the strings and drums, good vibes! not bad, I enjoyed it :)

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Sun Jan 09 2022
4

Everything I expected this to be. Nice and bluesy with a touch of pop.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I had some strong preconceptions about the naffness of Rod Stewart, but this album was actually pleasantly rockin'! I liked it more than some of the other "white Brits rip off Black blues artists" albums we've had. I'm not sure whether that's because I had lower expectations going in, or Rod genuinely did more to make these his own? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Fave track - "Maggie May" is the only song I had much familiarity with going in, and I have some affection for it from karaoke. "(I Know) I'm Losing You" was a badass Temptations cover. "(Find a) Reason to Believe" was pretty notable, too....

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

I was never really a fan of Stewart before getting on this website. So far I've had two of his albums come up on this and I've been surprising pleased by both.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Great album with Rod’s raspy voice and great lyrics and Ronnie Wood on guitar. Every song on this album is good with the exception of Amazing Grace(why?). Favorites are Maggie May and I’m Losing You. Might give a 5 if Amazing Grace was not on it! 4

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Huge nostalgia wrapped up in this one. Decent album.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

8'5

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

American folk rock with some heavier songs.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Really great album. Rod Stewart has such a distinctive and interesting voice. Absolutely LOVE Maggie Mae, but the rest of the album has a great sound to it. 4.5/5

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Rod Stewart rocks harder than I expected

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Feel like a post-hippie on his way to start a mandolin course

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

I dont usually go for this kinda music, but its pretty good for what it is. I could def see this as like family get together music, but like a good get together with no bullshit, yk? "Tomorrow is a long time" seems like some old guy telling u abt some obscure ass story that teaches a life lesson, some pixar short shit. **"Mandolin Wind" is really really pretty. Around 2:30 is crazy pretty , it def influenced. "I Know Im Losing you" Has some great chord stab type things, the resolves are sick/satisfying. Would be so fun playing drums on this, church worship vibes so just go stupid.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Love this album.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

He is truly an entertainer. Commanding voice.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

I know it's not a revolutionary album but I enjoyed all the songs. I like how it doesn't really sound like anything from the same era, the mix of genres feels quite modern.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Listened Before? P Ah yeah! Rod Stewart! I love him. This is an early one, and he's still got his edge. I really enjoyed it. Not many cons to this one. I've never listened to it front-to-back before. I will likely do it many more times in the future. Added to Library? Y Songs added to Playlist: Maggie May, (Find A) Reason To Believe

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

This album is very cool. Nice listen to wind down the day. I love Rod Stewart (Maggie May supremacy!) but hadn't heard this album in full, and now that I have, it has my approval. Favorite Song: always Maggie May

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Okay… I have to admit, that I have slept on Rod Stewart. I always thought he was kind of cheesy- like the kind of guy who made songs for weird middle-aged women. But this album actually freaking rocks, the instrumentation is fantastic. I always thought Rod had a really good voice, kind of gravelly and great for rock music but a lot of his radio hits are kind of schmaltzy. I can totally get his appeal and I think there’s a lot of singers like him that dudes hate because women love him. So I probably had some misplaced jealousy towards Rod. Yeah this album actually is really good will definitely listen to it again.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

I enjoyed the bluesy sound. Great album

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Love love love.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

Songs that speak fondly of loves past and yet to come, played out over a mostly American roots rock stage, with occasional forays into bluegrass, gospel, country, and rock. Its sweet, refreshing, and well-rounded.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

Classic. 4/5. Standouts: Maggy May, Amazing Grace, I'm Losing You, Reason to Believe.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

Rod Stewart's energetic and electric vocal performance is what makes this album throughly great. From the title track on down, it is an unrelenting showcase of passion, inspiration and fusing of the past and then present. There is a reason why most people consider this Rod's highest creative peak, listen when you can. Favorites: Every Picture Tells a Story, Seems Like a Long Time, That's All Right, Maggie May, Mandolin Wind.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Rod's finest effort. Even includes (basically) a drum solo

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

After this album, all Rod Stewart cared about was making sure everyone knew that he loved soccer and young pussy. The epic title track is Rod's finest hour.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

Some good songs

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Just a great easy rock album.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Pretty good album actually. Really nice album from start to finish, great vocals, great instrumentals. "Maggie May" far the best song. 8/10.

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Mon May 16 2022
4

A lot of great songs on this one. Standouts: Maggy May, Mandolin Wind, (I Know) I'm Losing You, Every Picture Tells a Story, Seems Like a Long Time, (Find a) Reason to Believe. The album would be rated higher without That's All Right/Amazing Grace. I think they are awkward in the flow of the album. 4/5

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Bluesy, bluegrass elements. Easy to listen to

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Long ago, for some dumb reason, I had decided that I didn’t like Rod Stewart. This was despite not knowing literally any of his music or even knowing what his music sounded like. I don’t know why I came to this conclusion and this album proves that I was an idiot (although I already knew that). This was great, I really enjoyed it. I’m not a big fan of his voice and so that dissuades me from pursuing more Rod Stewart, but I’ll be adding a couple songs from this onto my 1001 highlights playlist.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

Strong record. Very enjoyable

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Классный альбом! Такой рок хороший оказался. Я даже готов переслушивать.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Great album!

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

I really liked this, a good mix of raspy voice and good guitar (especially). Always seems to be a creepiest overtly sultry dude with an undone bow tie around his neck, but I don’t know a lot about him.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

My sister had a number of Rod Stewart albums I used to listen to when I was young. This one didn't get as much Close 'n' Play time as "A Night On The Town" or "Blondes Have More Fun", so I don't remember much of it well. This is pretty great! I'm sure I enjoyed it more now than I did then. I like the early 70s rock feel with dashes of folk. Excellent!

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Sat Jun 25 2022
4

I generally enjoy Rod Stewart's tunes. This album didn't disappoint.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
4

It's such a sweet album. I think only because of all the memories listening to it on vinyl as a kid, it gets a 4. All my single mother's occasional heartaches come back in waves listening to Reason to Believe.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

Cool

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this, but it was sneaky good.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Yeah, I dig this one. I never liked Rod's voice as a kid/young adult, but a few years ago it clicked and I went on a Rod/Faces tear. That group from 1970-2 were pretty great. I haven't listened to this album in a while. My impression going in was that it was a 5 star album, but this time through, while I still liked it, it didn't feel quite as essential. Most of these songs are amazing. A few are just OK. Maggie May is still incredible and the last two songs are perfect.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

This is one of those albums that I probably have never listened to front to back before, but I knew every single track. Always appreciate hearing tracks in the context of an album, and this is an impressive collection of songs and performances. I know Stewart has made some choices in his mid and later career that undermine his standing as a pillar of pop/rock/folk history, but this album is evidence of his talent as a singer, writer, and arranger. As iconic a vocalist as he is, surprisingly, Stewart is not the best at harmonizing with himself — he sounds more powerful/musical when paired with another vocalist, and the women performing on this album bring it, big time. Last thing thing, for the hundreds of times I've probably heard "Maggie May," I somehow missed the amazing bassline in the tune until this listen.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

way better rock than I was expecting. Cool classic sound.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Pretty good early 70s rock. Maggie May a longtime favorite.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Great performances and songs.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Really enjoyed this, plenty of new Rod Stewart songs I’d never heard before. Really nice sound throughout.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

This album is just a little uneven. I really enjoyed the title track - it's a great opener that shows off Stewart's energetic (despite flawed) vocals and the eclectic yet rocking musical style he and his various backing musicians bring. Best track on the album. Then it's a little hit and miss for the next two songs until we get to the slide guitar (by Sam Mitchell) version of Amazing Grace - phenomenal. Tomorrow is a Long Time isn't great but I like the Celtic sound intermixed into it. Maggie May has never been my favorite (except for that awesome bridge and mandolin solo) but like the title track it's a very good blend of the best Stewart's vocals give and the ability and creativity of his backing musicians. Unfortunately, the next track Mandolin Wind was also hit and miss. But the album closes well with Reason to Believe. It's got some real nice highs, but also some lows.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
4

Prefs: Every Picture Tells a Story, That's All Right/Amazing Grace, Tomorrow Is a Long Time, Maggie May, Mandolin Wind, (Find a) Reason To Believe Moins pref: Seems Like a Long Time

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Not something I would have listened to without being told by a website but I liked it

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Listened before: No Enjoyed: Yes Listens: 4 Great until the small cover of Amazing Grace

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Too short.

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Ég elska þessa plötu. Elska þetta hálf-hráa sánd. Maggie May er náttúrlega eitt það allra besta sem kom frá fyrri hluta sjöunnar.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Enjoyed this album, only ever listened to his bangers, I liked that it was a bit folky with a bit of rock thrown in.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Big fan of this one

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

4.4 - So this foppish Brit put out a roots rock album that rivals anything by Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Allman Brothers? Impressive. "Maggie May" is an obvious classic, like "Lolita" with the gender roles reversed. "That's All Right" is loose and soulful, especially as it fades into a primitivist arrangement of "Amazing Grace." I also love the gospel choruses, delicate mandolins and sassy fiddles.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

I like seems like a long time. Also enjoyed his rendition of that’s all right. Was not expecting it to go into Amazing grace. I liked this album but wouldn’t say I loved it

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

There’s really nice song writing in here and some interesting song structures. I like the instrumental breaks followed by the return of the chorus or hook with lots of energy. Rod Stewart is a lot more than the cheesy crooner I thought he was

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

One of Rod Stewart's best albums

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Love a bit of Rod

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Listened to on 10/25/22 4/5 Favorite song: Maggie may This album was phenomenal and Rod Stewart did not disappoint

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Rock. Blues

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

4/5

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

A lot of this album was in the background but it was pretty alright. It rose above the forgettable blandness of a lot of the albums I've gotten on this list but not too far above. I liked the second half more than the first half and maggie may was a standout.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Seems like a long time, Maggie may, (I know) I’m losing you

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Epitome of Rod Stewart

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Good album! Great riffs and lyrics

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Thu Oct 29 2020
3

Quite a lot of standards on her that Rod makes his own.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

I'm not the biggest fan of Rod Stewart. This album features Maggie May, classic. At times this album almost has a folk sound (for lack of more descriptive terms).

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Thu Apr 01 2021
3

Alright, but nothing too standout. Favorite is probably "I know I'm losing you"

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Not a huge Rod Stewart fan, but I actually enjoyed some of this album!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

The first few songs were not good but I liked the folk/country styled songs. Maggie may is perfect obviously. I’m just can’t listen to Rod’s voice for a long period of time.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

5/10

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Very nice album. I realy like the voice of Rod Steward. This already makes the album.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

Some interesting inspiration and movements on each track. Maggie May is a standout.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

I love Rod's singing voice, but the songs don't do much for me. The acousticy sound just doesn't really work with his rock and roll style IMO. Gets better when he lets the guitar do a folky-thing and leans into the direction.

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Tue May 11 2021
3

Niet het beste album van Rod maar nog steeds wel lekker luisterbaar

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Classic classic rock

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Thu May 06 2021
3

Мб ближе к 4

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

habs ned ganz gehört aber isch okay.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

meh

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Maggie May is wonderful for sure. Yup there with his best

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Mon May 31 2021
3

Hat mir beim einmaligen Durchhören gut gefallen. Nichts, was groß hängen geblieben ist, aber Stimmung, Instrumente, Gesang: runde Sache, würde ich mir wieder anhören!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
3

6.5

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Liked this more than I thought I would. It's a bit edgier/rockier than I'd assumed all of Rod Stewart's music was. 7/10

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Pretty easy listening. Rod at his peak, before he got well annoying.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

Best goed te pruimen eigenlijk!

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Rod Stewart’s a bit meh but this was a decent listen. Hated the Amazing Grace bit

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Not too shabby. 3RS

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

I don't get the Rod hatred. It's not a better for sure but my foot was tapping throughout so that's a good thing

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