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Every Picture Tells A Story

Rod Stewart

1971

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

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

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

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

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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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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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Love the mandolin.

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

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

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

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Such a perfect album.

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Rod Stewart the man I like rhis

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false

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Buen disco con temas icónicos

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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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Rod is great. Awesome album.

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

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Fantastic. T to B

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

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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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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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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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7.5/10

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Good stuff

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Great crooner

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God Bless Rod Stewart!

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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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No voy a dar explicaciones 😡

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false

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

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

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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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En su línea. Ameno y con ritmo

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

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

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

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Brilliant. Even know a lot of the words.

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You dont have a friend in me

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not as bad as I was expecting.

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

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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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I liked it

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

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The Maggie May album :)

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Pretty good album including his most popular song.

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

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Rod Stewart has such a great voice!

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

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Love me some Maggie May

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Pretty solid

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Surprisingly good dad rock

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Surprised how much I liked it

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Great voice

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

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-"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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Solid

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

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was aightttt

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

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

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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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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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Classic rock

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Maggie was abusive to Rod

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

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Supremely enjoyable, this.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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5/10

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

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

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

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Classic classic rock

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Мб ближе к 4

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habs ned ganz gehört aber isch okay.

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meh

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

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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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6.5

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

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Best goed te pruimen eigenlijk!

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

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Not too shabby. 3RS

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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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Maggie is a fabulous song. The rest of the album chas its moments but leave Maggie off and I can't imagine it making many Top ___ lists.

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Isn't as poppy as I thought it would be. I appreciated the acoustic-ness of it.

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No es para mí

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This era of Rod Stewart dovetails so closely with the Faces' records that it didn't surprise me to learn many of his bandmates also played on his solo albums. I *was* surprised to hear the "Your love is fading/I can feel it fade" like pop up on "(I Know) I'm Losing You" and then found out this is the song Kanye samples on "Fade", albeit a different version. This album has its moments of brilliance, but is bogged down by covers and a few wildly problematic lyrics (*cough* "Every Picture Tells a Story" *cough*). Still, this is my favourite mode of Rod Stewart: gritty vocals, slide guitar, and working class aesthetics. Favourite songs: "Maggie May" and "Reason to Believe"

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Thursday 13th May 2021 Morning after Hog's birthday, listened in bed in the morning. Strange one, I kind of liked it kind of didn't. Maggie May etc all great and some wonderful song writing, I don't think I like his voice

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bonzinho

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Sympa! Je pense que cet album n'était pas mon genre fav mais j'ai continué à écouter l'artiste après avoir terminé l'album et vraiment bonne découverte.

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It's fine - kinda luke warm about it. Enjoyed it but not floored. Solid classic rock sound.

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Not bad

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Some fun, nothing groundbreaking.

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Blah

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Es la misma mierd, solo que le mete algo ranchero yeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaa

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This is an easy entry for non classic rock listeners to break into the category. It's soft rock, easy listening album that actually goes by really quickly. There isn't a bad track on this album but besides the radio singles nothing else really shines. Favorite Tracks: "Maggie May" "Mandolin Wind" "(Find a) Reason to Believe"

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The more country influenced songs stand out more on this record. Rod Stewart can write and sing a perfectly find rock song, but the tone of his voice is well suited to more folk/county sounds where he can showcase his finesse as well as his power

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Rod Stewart was in his mid-20s during the recording of this album and that blows my fucking mind, because his perennially-weathered voice has made him sound like he's 60 for as long as he's lived. And good for him, because his voice really makes a lot of the music here (not to downplay the quality of the compositions or the interplay between the acoustics), turning what feels like the 80th folk-influenced record our group's had into a much easier listen than any of that Fred Neil bullshit. The fantastic title track was my favorite song of his going into this, and that hasn't changed, but the Temptations cover was a nice surprise, containing a bigger sound and glimpses of swagger that make you understand how Stewart would go on to think that "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" was somehow a good idea. Pretty enjoyable stuff overall, though most of the songs go on for a minute or two too long; Rod needlessly doubles the length of Elvis' "That's All Right," and that's not even counting the rendition Amazing Grace they sneak in at the end. Key Tracks: Every Picture Tells a Story, Maggie May, (I Know) I'm Losing You

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I feel i'm about 20 years too early for my Rod Stewart fandom.

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Better than expected. Enjoyed (I Know) I'm losing you - temptations cover.

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ЧТО: Третий студийный альбом легенды фолка Рода Стюарта, представляющий собой классическую для исполнителя смесь рока, фолка и кантри. Прорывной альбом для Стюарта, закрепивший его в статусе звезды. КАКОЙ: Музыка на протяжении всего альбома пронизана ощущением трогательного и забавного рассказа. Несколько меланхоличную атмосферу дарит фолк-звук, которого здесь немало. Слышно, сколько работы в этой пластинке. Каждый звук отполирован, доведён до абсолюта, что, честно говоря, несколько мешает мне восхищаться Every Picture Tells a Story, потому что звучит альбом местами откровенно скучно. Хотя рок-н-ролльная энергия сохраняется. Местами очень интересные музыкальные решения. Мандолина на самой хитовой на альбоме Maggie May, орган на (Find A) Reason to Belive в сочетании со скрипкой, хоровой вокал на (I Know) I’m losing you и много ещё чего. Вообще (FA) RtB - образцовая фолк песня. Поражает талант сторителлинга. Это чувствуется даже без слов. Как будто ты сидишь в лондонском баре и слушаешь красивую историю человека, который испытал многое за свою жизнь и готов поделиться этим с тобой своим искренним хрипловатым голосом. Песни звучат тепло. Скорее всего это достигается за счёт элементов кантри. Но здесь, повторюсь, мне не хватает экшена, рок-н-ролла, но видимо только мне, потому что Род Стюарт - один из вдохновителей великого британского панка 1970-х. О ЧЕМ: Я уже говорил про истории на этом альбоме, и это действительно впечатляет. Такой талант сторителлинга - огромная редкость. Пожалуй, Род Стюарт, Боб Дилан и Кендрик Ламар. Вот моя команда по спасению мира. Рассматривая первую же, и по совместительству титульную, песню на альбоме, мы получаем историю человека, отправившегося в путешествие по миру, чтобы начать чувствовать себя полноценным. Он уходит из дома, конфликтует с французской полицией, посещает Ватикан, занимается парусным спортом, находит любовь в Шанхае и обретает себя. Одной этой песни достаточно, чтобы понять уровень текстов. Просто скажу, что на Maggie May (на минуточку самой популярной песне с альбома, да и в принципе в дискографии Стюарта) Род рассказывает историю о школьнике, которому подруга мамы «помогает» с утратой невинности. Я думаю, о лирике можно заканчивать. ИТОГ: Я полностью солидарен с Джоном Мендельсоном, который написал для Rolling Stone: «Какой бы скучной не была половина этой пластинки, на другой половине достаточно безоговорочно великолепного». Стоит только чуть-чуть повнимательнее прислушаться, чтобы почувствовать эту музыку. Да, местами интереснее писать про Every Picture Tells a Story, чем слушать его. Но заряженность пластинки винтажной рок-энергетикой, которую сейчас невозможно воспроизвести, и невероятное искусство рассказать историю спасают ситуацию. Этот альбом стоит послушать хотя бы раз в жизни, и, поверьте, магическим (без шуток) образом каждый сможет вынести оттуда что-нибудь нужное для себя именно в данный момент жизни. ЛУЧШИЕ ПЕСНИ: Maggie May, Every Picture Tells a Story, (I Know) I’m losing you

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A lot more American Songbook than I’d have guessed. Hadn’t noticed how similar the end of Maggie May is to “Losing My Religion”. “Mandolin Wind” is a song that transforms at the halfway mark, from dull to wonderful. In a way that serves as metonym - an album that’s half pretty dull, and half absolutely wonderful.

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3 1/2

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Didn't enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Hes still a legend but nothing stood out to me as a favorite. A couple classics but I dont think I'd need to return

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The first couple of songs go on a little too long and I thought I wasn't going to like it as much as I ended up doing.

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Inoffensive

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Мне не очень понравилось

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Meh. The only song I really liked was Maggie May. I do like a lot of the guitar, but his voice really doesn’t do it for me.

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Golf is a slow sport, filled with muted excitement and plaid pants from Rod Stewart's wardrobe. Someone must be listening to this album tho. The play-count on Spotify is through the roof. ...It's gotta be those golfers. The first song out of the gate is great, and by song number three, I'm searching for something that could give me the motivation to keep listening. This isn't a new phenomenon, all of his music seems to be like this. Similarly with Faces, another RS group, I thought "man, I should listen to this stuff more often" until I do and realize my time would be better spent screaming at my kids or watching golf. I'd like to think that RS is a rocker at heart, on par with Mick Jagger and Keith Moon but the energy he has just isn't sustainable and it slows down. Some people may refer to this as 'range'. I say, if you want range, go hit a bucket of balls with your plaid pants. This album barely registers as par.

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Did not know much of this except for one song, couldn’t have said this was Rod Stewart either, a bit of a blind spot. It’s ok but sounds very radio friendly

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Expected cheese - was pleasantly surprised, but not blown away.

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Frankly, I was just kind of bored by this album. I didn't hate it, but I never thought "I sure am glad I heard this album because this song really speaks to me".

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Fine album

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it was mediocre. not my fave but i also liked some parts, just kinda boring!

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The boomerist of boomer music... Nothing bad here, but outside of Maggie May, nothing great either.

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No

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Maggie May and the title track are 👨‍🍳 🤌

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Not a big fan of Rod Stewart but it's a decent enough listen.

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Fine. Rod Stewart is okay

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Oké album. Klassieke rock-sound

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Rod Stewart has never been high on my list, but this album is objectively good and a breath of fresh air after yesterday's post-punk blah. 3 solid stars.

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Oh, classic rock! Feels very country and folk inspired.

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Was ok but probably wouldn't go back again

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Better than I expected. I actually enjoyed most of it.

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I always kinda liked Maggie May. I never would have listened to this normally and neither of my parents were particularly fans. I felt I'd like this more than any of his later albums. It's nicely bluesy and country in places. A nice listen for sure.

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i don’t know what’s supposed to be great about this album except maggie mae

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Pog

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That was a fun listen.

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It's ok, can't get an image of him as a gurning old man though, don't really like his voice 2.7

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meh

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Tylsä ja mitäänsanomaton levy laulajalta jonka äänestä en erityisemmin välitä.

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I guess it's early rock and country blend. It's got maggie may. Inoffensive. Every song... doesn't tell a story. Little distracted by heavy machinery outside. I'm losing you is a jam, dig the honky tonk piano

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Meh

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A step too far for me. Rod Stewart is fine I guess.

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I do not like Rod Stewart’s voice

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Not really feeling it

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Sicherlich gutes Album, aber hab nicht gemerkt, als es aus war. Erst als Spotify mir den Song "Summer of '69" vorgeschlagen hat, habe ich gemerkt, dass ich wohl schon im Shuffle-Mode angekommen bin. Naja. Hat mich anscheinend nicht genervt. Also passts.

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2 - Mag ich nicht so, aber Maggie May ganz nice.

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Nada que ver por aquí dígase derecho

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Sympathischer Typ, super Stimme, gute Gesamtstimmung auf den Werk; nur ist das wenig prägnant geblieben. WDR2‘hafte 2.0

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4/10. Bit boring, and opening with a song with the lyric "I fell in love with a slit-eyed lady / By the light of an eastern moon" made it feel pretty dated if nothing else.

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Rod Stewartin nimi on tuttu, mutta en osannut nimetä yhtään biisiä. Musatyyli oli aikalailla sellainen, kuin olin arvellutkin, ehkä vähän kantrisävytteisiä rokkiballadeita. Kahdesta kuuntelukerrasta ei jäänyt tarttuvia biisejä mieleen, tunnelmalta ehkä kaipaus ja menetetty rakkaus. Varmaan toimii mammoille.

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Ik had vroeger een cassettebandje van Rod waar ik met plezier naar luisterde. Deze plaat vond ik beduidend minder.

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Kwee nie, vind het eigenlijk wel wat saaiig

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Alright

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oké, niet zo wauw. stem stoorde me soms wat

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It was fine. Not terrible, but not particularly enjoyable.

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I have always liked Maggie may, but aside from that pretty boring in my opinion :/

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I’m finding I really don’t like Rod Stewart’s voice. This is my second album of his and it’s like nails on a chalk board to me. “Maggie May” is tolerable.

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Some classics.

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an ok album but not for me, wouldn’t listen to it all again

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Boring

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Extreme ehs

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booo

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2.5 stars

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A little pedestrian and somewhat samey from track to track

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// Favs: – Score: Decent 2

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Скучно

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I did not enjoy listening to this album, although I might have had it not been for Stewart's voice, which grates on me.

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Un artiste très respectable Un album un peu chiant Every picture tells a story cool

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he has a great voice and there were some decent tracks.

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Was OK. Maggie May is a good song. I can't see me listening to the whole album again.

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Didn’t really do much for me

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Aburridoooooo!!

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I cannot express the boredom this album gave me. Plus the drummer is shit

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With 1 exception: boringly boring

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Cannot deal with it. Definitely not for me.

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Just terrible, amd its probably his best

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boring.

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No thank you

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Very poor - overlong songs which don’t go anywhere

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Tried to listen to more than a few songs and couldn't. I just really don't care for this style of music.

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This album is generally boring and mosty leaves me asking why Rod Stewart is singing Amazing Grace in a key where he has no chance hitting the high notes?

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