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.Wikipedia
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.
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.
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.
Before listening to this album, Maggie May was the only Rod Stewart song I liked...it still is.
I was not put on this earth to "get" Rod Stewart.
Every pictures tells a story and damn was this a story. Just a great folk aesthetic I really appreciated :)
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.
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.
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!
“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
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!
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.
That was amazing, a great artist. I have to listen sober this album now.
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.
Love the mandolin.
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.
No real stand-outs. Mandolin Wind do be kinda nice doe
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.
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.
Maybe I just take this kind of music for granted, but I couldn’t imagine a more unremarkable album.
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.
Great album! Love the slide guitars and of course, Rod Stewart's gritty voice.
Such a perfect album.
Rod Stewart the man I like rhis
Buen disco con temas icónicos
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
Rod is great. Awesome album.
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.
Freaking awesome; never listened to it... loved it
Fantastic. T to B
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 :))
If this excitement has taught me anything it’s that I guess I like Rod Stewart
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.
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.
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.
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 🌟
fantastic album. literally every song is amazing. Maggie May is a top 10 song all time for me.
Rod Stewart. Varios megahits. Vinilo.
Classic old rod Stewart, Maggie may.
I like Rod Stewart. This is really good songwriting and a very soulful performance.
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.
I knew I was going to love it and I did.
Vraiment trop bon vhaque chanson est bien produite. Ca a ca plave dans cette liste absolument et je reecouterai certainemebt. Une belle note merité
This is a fucking masterpiece. Every single song.
I love this album.
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!
God Bless Rod Stewart!
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.
No voy a dar explicaciones 😡
Classic rock is classic. My wife would give this 10 stars.
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
“Maggie May” and “(Find A) Reason To Believe” make it pop
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
En su línea. Ameno y con ritmo
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
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.
Great album.I loved Rod in this era before he became a ''pop star''
this was alright. it was a little boring but a nice listen and the songwriting was decent. 7/10
Really nice surprise. One of the best albums here so far. Some songs are maybe unnecessarily long though.
Brilliant. Even know a lot of the words.
You dont have a friend in me
not as bad as I was expecting.
Sounds like an album good for a backyard get together with friends on a hot summer evening
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.
I liked it
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.
Not really my thing - mastering was ok. Rhythms are great tho! I liked the tempo change on track 1
The Maggie May album :)
Pretty good album including his most popular song.
A mix of country and classic rock that I liked. Very pleasant to listen to. (7/10) Favorite Tracks: Maggie May, Mandolin Wind
Great reminisce...some top quality tunes mandolin wins, every picture, Maggie,
Rod Stewart has such a great voice!
I've never been a fan of Rod Stewart's voice, but this album was surprisingly great as a whole.
Love me some Maggie May
Surprisingly good dad rock
Surprised how much I liked it
Музыка, но мне было тяжело сконцентрироваться на альбоме в целом. Хотя конец приятнейший. Слушается легко.
-"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
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”
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.
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.
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.
Rod sounds great, sounds like it was a lot of fun in that studio.
its ok. 3.5 would be my grade. round up to 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
I liked it! The non-hits we're still great. Loved his cover of Elvis. Still a bit to folky for a perfect score
Maggie was abusive to Rod
Much better than I expected; definitely different from the Rod Stewart I’ve known over my life.
Supremely enjoyable, this.
Decent, liked the instrumentation and Stewart's raspy voice. A bit commercial-sounding though.
decently nice album with some interesting elements to complement the rock ballads,
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.
love the strings and drums, good vibes! not bad, I enjoyed it :)
Everything I expected this to be. Nice and bluesy with a touch of pop.
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....
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.
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
Huge nostalgia wrapped up in this one. Decent album.
American folk rock with some heavier songs.
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
Rod Stewart rocks harder than I expected
Feel like a post-hippie on his way to start a mandolin course
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.
Love this album.
He is truly an entertainer. Commanding voice.
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
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
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.
I enjoyed the bluesy sound. Great album
Love love love.
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.
Classic. 4/5. Standouts: Maggy May, Amazing Grace, I'm Losing You, Reason to Believe.
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.
Rod's finest effort. Even includes (basically) a drum solo
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.
Some good songs
Just a great easy rock album.
Pretty good album actually. Really nice album from start to finish, great vocals, great instrumentals. "Maggie May" far the best song. 8/10.
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
Bluesy, bluegrass elements. Easy to listen to
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.
Strong record. Very enjoyable
Классный альбом! Такой рок хороший оказался. Я даже готов переслушивать.
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.
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!
I generally enjoy Rod Stewart's tunes. This album didn't disappoint.
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.
I wasn't really expecting to enjoy this, but it was sneaky good.
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.
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.
way better rock than I was expecting. Cool classic sound.
Pretty good early 70s rock. Maggie May a longtime favorite.
Great performances and songs.
Really enjoyed this, plenty of new Rod Stewart songs I’d never heard before. Really nice sound throughout.
Quite a lot of standards on her that Rod makes his own.
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).
Alright, but nothing too standout. Favorite is probably "I know I'm losing you"
Not a huge Rod Stewart fan, but I actually enjoyed some of this album!
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.
Very nice album. I realy like the voice of Rod Steward. This already makes the album.
Some interesting inspiration and movements on each track. Maggie May is a standout.
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.
Niet het beste album van Rod maar nog steeds wel lekker luisterbaar
Classic classic rock
Мб ближе к 4
habs ned ganz gehört aber isch okay.
Maggie May is wonderful for sure. Yup there with his best
Hat mir beim einmaligen Durchhören gut gefallen. Nichts, was groß hängen geblieben ist, aber Stimmung, Instrumente, Gesang: runde Sache, würde ich mir wieder anhören!
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
Pretty easy listening. Rod at his peak, before he got well annoying.
Best goed te pruimen eigenlijk!
Rod Stewart’s a bit meh but this was a decent listen. Hated the Amazing Grace bit
Not too shabby. 3RS
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
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.
Isn't as poppy as I thought it would be. I appreciated the acoustic-ness of it.
No es para mí
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"
Rod Stewart's signature growl was always fit well in the Faces. The guitars and keys play an important role in his success, and there's a slight turn on this solo record. His attempts to match the other singer/songwriters of the era finds a mixed result. The first half of the album is a difficult listen, especially the culturally-voyeuristic gaze on the title track. But the second half of the record comes alive with beautiful production and lyrics. 2.5/5 Fav track: Maggie Mae
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
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.
It's fine - kinda luke warm about it. Enjoyed it but not floored. Solid classic rock sound.
Some fun, nothing groundbreaking.
Es la misma mierd, solo que le mete algo ranchero yeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaa
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"
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
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
I feel i'm about 20 years too early for my Rod Stewart fandom.
Better than expected. Enjoyed (I Know) I'm losing you - temptations cover.
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
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.
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
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.
Мне не очень понравилось
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.
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.
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
Expected cheese - was pleasantly surprised, but not blown away.
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".
it was mediocre. not my fave but i also liked some parts, just kinda boring!
The boomerist of boomer music... Nothing bad here, but outside of Maggie May, nothing great either.
Maggie May and the title track are 👨🍳 🤌
Not a big fan of Rod Stewart but it's a decent enough listen.
Fine. Rod Stewart is okay
Oké album. Klassieke rock-sound
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.
Oh, classic rock! Feels very country and folk inspired.
Was ok but probably wouldn't go back again
Better than I expected. I actually enjoyed most of it.
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.
i don’t know what’s supposed to be great about this album except maggie mae
That was a fun listen.
It's ok, can't get an image of him as a gurning old man though, don't really like his voice 2.7
Enjoyable if fairly average pub rock.
Hadn't really listened to Rod Stewart much before this, and I liked it more than I expected to. Will continue to explore his music.
Enjoyable, I'm a little surprised Maggie May is so popular compared to the rest of the album: it doesn't seem any better than the other tracks
This sounds rather dated. The popular songs stand up due to there familiarity. Live this would be pretty good.
3/5 it had potential.
i'm bias. but this was OK. maggie may is a cool song.
Not many stand-outs aside from "Maggie May," but still worth a listen, and was better than expected.
I have always liked Maggie May ok. It tells a relatable story. Overall the album is pleasant enough. I gave the second half a second listen to see if it would grow on me more. I'm Losing You and Reason to Believe are almost great. It is interesting that he still sounds like a grizzled old smoker even 50 years ago. Googling to see pics of him in the day I came across this glorious wall of 70's: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/1900024821511568/
Classic early (solo) Rod Stewart. Folksy blues rock?! 3rd solo album.
na početku san razmišljala kako je baš dobro (volin njegov glas inače), ali do kraja albuma skužila san da ima tu dosta i vokalnih i instrumentalnih nečistoća zbog čega san odlučila smanjit ocjenu
cant beat a bit of Rod
Old gravel voice. Not the usual poor selection of material from Rod.
Maggie may, but otherwise quite bleak
Second Rod album that's let me down. I blamed his writing the last time only to realise that 75% of that album was covers - this time I'll play it safe and blame it squarely on the fiddle that rears its mong head in Tomorrow is a Long Time. Ronnie Wood is walking all over that bass though I love it.
Enjoyable, have listened before. Some tracks way better than others
Quite enjoyed it but it did feel a bit repetitive. I really like Rod Stewart's voice.
Well this was like fine I guess. I've never got the big deal about Rod. I don't really like his singing style but I think I respect him as a song writer. It's just pleasant I guess. Doesn't make me feel anything
Well I thought I'd not like it because not a big fan of his voice but actually it wasn't too bad. Some hits and some misses but enjoyable enough overall.
It was listenable but not someone I would naturally seek out. 3*
Lo mejor: ese último minuto con una mezcla de mandolina y guitarras en Maggie May.
Phoebe Bridgers für Boomer.
passabler rock ohne große ansprüche
Guy always irritated me. Good voice but just something grates.
What an instrument Stewart has and some of these songs are classics, but not the greatest album.
Nothing inherently wrong with the album. I just don't like Rod Stewart.
Un poco rollo. Le pongo 3 por Maggie May.
Some really great songs.
I'd never heard a single Rod Stewart song before listening to this album. It was perfectly middle of the road.
Ça s’écoute facilement. C’est bien fait. J’entend des influences de Maggie May dans Kiss et dans Bryan Adams. Ça fait un peu redondant avec 3 autre albums (à date) avec lui dans la liste.
Rod Stewart is not a new artist to me. I've heard about half of this album as individual tracks, but never listened to a complete album from Stewart. There are some great instrumental sections and tracks ("Tomorrow is a Long Time", "Henry", "Mandolin Wind", the 'Amazing Grace' portion of "That's All Right"). I was not aware of the talent of Rod Stewart's band, but I still get bogged down by his voice. I think that Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" (not on this album) has permanently ruined hearing Stewart's voice for me.
Nice. Not his best.
Pretty good, very Scottish sounding
I’m a massive fan of folk but in my opinion rod Stewart is so mediocre but no redeeming qualities. Maggie may is decent but still, this album could be better
Good album by rod stewart. It has one of his best songs with Maggie May. The rest of the album is similar in tone but not really many other hits. Nothing too bad about the album except the amazing grace outro In one song felt unneeded. Would listen again. 6.9/10
quite boring tbh
Rod Stewart has an unusually thin penis. It's like a witch's finger. You'll squeal when he inserts it into your bum. Squeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll. It's my finger in your bum. It's my finger in your bum. Now lick it clean. Yum, yum, yum.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Loved the slide guitar and rootsy feel.
probably not bad, but I really liked it, a little not my style, but I added one song, but I'm glad I listened, + point for an interesting title
A mixed bag here, but most of what's in the bag is good. Some of Stewart's best guitar work and catchiest songwriting means most tracks are toe-tappers, with only 1-2 duds to slow things down. Stylistically it never coheres as a full LP for me, but still an enjoyable listen all the same.
Didn't feel it was particularly ground breaking but it had some good somgs
Rod Stewart ne décoit pas et viens une nouvelle fois nous vomir à la figure. Celui que l'on appelle désormais Rot Stewart restera à jamais gravé dans la légende du générateur.
J'ai adoré le moment où Titeuf dit "C'est pô juste" à Rod et que ce dernier vomit dans la cour de récréation.
I've personally never been much of a fan of Rod Stewart's ragged voice or most of his music, but I do appreciate this album for what it is, Sir Roderick's breakthrough to understandable fame. It didn't really start off great, perhaps, with the title song, which doesn't seem to have aged well, let's just say. The rest is folky, bluesy, raspy, so raspy. Repeat. It's Rod Stewart. Not my fave.
C'était bien mais pas transcendant
Pleasant, with a couple of standouts - 'Mandolin Wind', 'Maggie May', ah go on, add 'I'm Losing You' into the mix too - but little to grab the listener by the throat. Amiable, comfortable and definitely worth another spin on a slow, sunny afternoon - but that's as far as I'll go. Stewart is a distinctive and characterful vocalist for sure, but nowhere near my favourite.
This is very close to being The Faces, and that's great. The vibe is very much like that Faces album we already listened to. It's not Rumours good, but it's pretty good. Every song has something to grab on to, and I'm not a fan of Rod Stewart's voice. I'm liking all of this in spite of that. The album starts strong and builds to Maggie May, and then gently plays itself out. I don't know if I'll go back to this on purpose, but I wouldn't turn it off if it came on.
It's fine. Roots rock isn't really my thing so it doesn't do a lot for me but it's not unpleasant either. Some nice guitar playing on it.
I had no real history with Rod Stewart, but always liked his voice. This is a pretty good album I hope to come back to.
Beetje van hetzelfde. Maar niet verkeerd
Maybe not best for getting amped up for work but very nice for easy listening. Although as much as I would enjoy listening casually, not sure if I would ever think "oh I want to listen to that album specifically". But would definitely listen to again when I am not working, maybe on a sunny summer day relaxing on my busted lawn chair in my backyard while sipping on an ice cold beer watching the dogs frolic in the grass. It makes me want to reminisce about the good old days when life was easier and I could cruise around in my pick up truck and when Tiesto made trance.
Rod Stewart is a referent. His song "Maggie May" is fine.
Everything about this album is just really good.... But I just don't like stewart's voice much.
2/5 without Maggie May
Some great songs on this album... and some duds. Not a bad listen
Tylsä ja mitäänsanomaton levy laulajalta jonka äänestä en erityisemmin välitä.
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
A step too far for me. Rod Stewart is fine I guess.
I do not like Rod Stewart’s voice
Not really feeling it
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.
2 - Mag ich nicht so, aber Maggie May ganz nice.
Nada que ver por aquí dígase derecho
Sympathischer Typ, super Stimme, gute Gesamtstimmung auf den Werk; nur ist das wenig prägnant geblieben. WDR2‘hafte 2.0
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.
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.
Ik had vroeger een cassettebandje van Rod waar ik met plezier naar luisterde. Deze plaat vond ik beduidend minder.
Kwee nie, vind het eigenlijk wel wat saaiig
oké, niet zo wauw. stem stoorde me soms wat
It was fine. Not terrible, but not particularly enjoyable.
I have always liked Maggie may, but aside from that pretty boring in my opinion :/
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.
an ok album but not for me, wouldn’t listen to it all again
A little pedestrian and somewhat samey from track to track
// Favs: – Score: Decent 2
I did not enjoy listening to this album, although I might have had it not been for Stewart's voice, which grates on me.
Un artiste très respectable Un album un peu chiant Every picture tells a story cool
he has a great voice and there were some decent tracks.
Was OK. Maggie May is a good song. I can't see me listening to the whole album again.
Didn’t really do much for me
This album kind of passed me by. It’s alright. ‘Maggie May’ is an obvious highlight and ‘(I Know) I’m Losing You’ ask great. Disappointed with the Dylan cover as that’s one of my favourite songs - no where as good as the original and the Elvia cover is a bit lazy. Cannot for the life of me understand why they stuck ‘Amazing Grace’ at the end of one of the songs - awful. It just sounds a bit dated. Does it touch anything the Stones were releasing at the time - Sticky Fingers/Exile - nowhere near.
Well, that was dull. Rod isn't really a bad singer and the instruments seem good in terms of proficiency but together they don't really make memorable songs. Maggie May was the lone song that I enjoyed and I've been familiar with that song for ages. The song where he broke into Amazing Grace was memorable for being unexpected/weird but nothing else stuck all. It just existed. Not terrible, but I wouldn't really want to hear it again by choice.
Rod Stewart's always been a confusing figure to me. He just rides the train of whatever's popular, and so the vast, vast majority of his discography is trash. But not all are misses. He shifted away from rock with his pop hits "You're in my heart" (riding on Fleetwood mac I guess) and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" (with huge resent among anti-disco fans), went into New Wave territory with "Young Turks" (probably my favorite Stewart song), then into R&B and adult contemporary, and there are like 3 songs from then that I enjoy. His pop obsession may have started when he dominated the 1976 charts with "Tonight's the Night," but honestly it sounds like it was always there. I mention all this because I can hear it in this album, with his soft, easy-listening sound that screams commercialization, just like the Eagles, that many would consider "dad rock." It's "roots rock" in the sense that it sounds like he's trying to appeal to everyone: rock fans, country fans, pop fans. It's probably his best album. Certainly the most consistent. And it is well-polished. But that's all it has going for it. A pop hit, some half-decent tracks I only like cause it's easy to listen to, and a whole ton of duds. Fortunately, it's only 8 tracks so nothing is extensively drawn out. But nothing is fantastic. I probably only like "Maggie May" because it's nice to listen to, I heard it a million times, and that mandolin is unique. I'm not a fan of his voice, although I admit it stands out ten miles away.
Overwrought vocals and uninspired bland rock backing track.
Eh. Only really care for Maggie May. 5/10
I did not care for the album. I was somewhat familiar with Rod Stewart before but I never listened to a whole album before and there is not reason to. No need to listen to this album again.
I don't have a rational reason for saying this, but I don't buy anything this guy is trying to sell. He seems skeezy. Probably not fair to the dude, but how I feel is how I feel. Best track: Maggie May
He pulls it all together on this one. …but it’s still Rod Stewart. Bleh.
I am finding this pretty boring and slightly irritating. I love a bit of classic rock and roll, a lot of songs on this album have a country twang like That's Alright, and I'm not so into male country singers. I just find myself getting bored and wondering when each song will be over. I do enjoy the mandolin and the band is tight as heckkkk so that's nice and impressive. Mostly I'm excited to stop listening to this and figure out what to listen to next...
Maggie May plus wallpaper. Songs are fairly long for no apparent reason
Roger Taylor sounds JUST like this guy; see "Fight From The Inside" by Queen The album was fine; nothing wrong with it. But I didn't find it very interesting or memorable to be honest. By my personal rating system this one is a 2: where I put the ones I didn't enjoy much but didn't dislike much either. Favorite song was "Mandolin Wind". The last 2 songs weren't too shabby either
Boring. Maggie May est la seule pièce mémorable et même là.
You know, I honestly just don't care for Rod Stewart's music. I don't hate it nor do I think it's bad, it's simply not for me. There are some moments that I liked, but it's just not interesting at all. I prefer his singles over his albums.
Décidément, je connaissais très peu Rod Stewart et il semble tellement actif au début des années 70. J'ai été marqué par la façon dont l'album est mixé. Pas vraiment cool avec des écouteurs. Pas trop sûr non plus des lignes de basses qui ont l'air improvisées en studio. La reprise de That's All Right est mauvaise. Maggie May et Reason to believe sont ok, mais je ne suis définitivement pas un fan de Rod. À date, c'est avec Faces que je l'ai préféré.
Not for me
Not sure rod can sing
Found this so boring
I almost liked this more, definitely some fun moments but it really felt long for no reason. Like this transitional period in rock was just about making the same kind of song but longer? Still glad I listened and a couple of the songs were nice. Is he good at the guitar? I feel like these solos are bad. Strong 2
This album generator is a real roller coaster...yesterday I was treated to a sublime mix of funk, soul and gospel in Curtis Mayfield's 'There's No Place Like America Today.' Today, I've been sucked back to earth by Rod Stewart. I'd pesueded myself he'd started off promising and gradually lost his way in a puff of 80s white powder and spandex. 1971's Every Picture Tells a Story, shows a more consistent awfulness, where despite a pretty good backing band, Rod manages to ruin nearly every song with his lechery, casual racism, terrible lyrics and braggadoccio. A particular low point was Seems Like Long Time, where he seems like he's in a competition to see how many times he can rhyme time with time...Maggie May is a high point, but even tales of his teenage sexual exploitation fail to redeem this preening pile of cack...
2e écoute de cet album. Voici ce que j'en avais dit: "Décidément, je connaissais très peu Rod Stewart et il semble tellement actif au début des années 70. J'ai été marqué par la façon dont l'album est mixé. Pas vraiment cool avec des écouteurs. Pas trop sûr non plus des lignes de basses qui ont l'air improvisées en studio. La reprise de That's All Right est mauvaise. Maggie May et Reason to believe sont ok, mais je ne suis définitivement pas un fan de Rod. À date, c'est avec Faces que je l'ai préféré."
Let's have it right, this is the only Rod Stewart moment anyone cares about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xPDBA2mSHI. We'll gloss over his singing about a slit eyed lady here.
Slit eyed lady, eh Roddders? Bold. There's a lot of shit on here. Maggie Mae is good though, eh?
i can't quite pinpoint why Rod does my head in as much as he does. his music isn't even that offensive, but i just cannot be arsed with him or his shtick.
I have now listened to a full album by the famous Rod Stewart. And for that cost of admission? I no longer have to report that I don’t know his music at all. Instead, I can now report that I just don’t care for him!
Overall the album's not horrible, but I won't listen to it again. Toughts: It's weird hearing him sing the song "That's All Right", which was made famous by Elvis. I just listened to the original of "That's All Right" by Arthur Crudup and it FAR surpasses both Stewart and Elvis. But the Elvis version is good too. Stewart can't hold a candle to either of them. And why the hell did it transition to Amazing Grace?! That did not work at all! Why does "Maggie May" start with a classical sounding chamber piece? This album is trying too hard, and comes across as pretentious for no reason. I just realized that almost all these songs are cover songs done bady! Look up the song "(I know) I'm Losing You", the Temptations sang it, Gladys Night and the Pips AND The Jackson Five. This version by Stewart sucks! And on a weird note I know most of the words to "Reason to Believe", and I had no idea until I listened to this album. My parents were Rod Stewart fans so I blame them. I don't recognize this version, so I guess I just know the unplugged version.
Lost me at Amazing Grace.
Rod s'est pris pour un américain on dirait
Instrumentation... not for me. Voice... really not for me. I appreciate his vibe and some of his lyrics, but as an enjoyable listen... nope.
3 or 4 songs that I liked rest was just ok to me
Music good, Rod bad
Rod, this was all over the place, and honestly, a bit boring. That 2nd to last hard rock track really felt out of place up against the folk-based tunes preceding it.
Who doesn't love the first song on this album? Well...2022 me, that's who. I was cool with it until the 7th and 8th line when he sang about "a woman stealing his bread." Given that this was written in the early 70s before the passage of Title IX in 1972 (which forbade sex discrimination in any educational program that received federal financial assistance), the suggestion of women on the prowl for men's "bread" just doesn't sit right. And then whoaaa Rod...the Asian slur was just too much. But yeah yeah I get these were different times. I did enjoy the mandolin mixed into some tunes and I was excited to hear Rod cover Bob but Rod's version of "Tomorrow is a Long Time" just didn't have the gentleness of Dylan. Maggie May still hits me right. That's a tune I've carried as a fav since I was a pre-teen. I'd say it saves the album for me but now 55-year-old me hears and recognizes the inappropriateness of the situation and I would love to know how old Maggie was to a young Rod. I did not know Rod could rock so hard on (I Know) I'm Losing You. By the time I got to (Find a Reason) to Believe, I was done with Rod's vocal fry. Finally, I think the cover art could be so much better.
Solid blend of blues and even a little English folk. The tracks drive, and several of them are classics - unforgettable parts of the canon. I've heard many of the songs plenty of times, but can still listen to them, although probably not often. It's honestly not an album I would download. Some of the songs are dull, and it's not really my cup of tea. But it's damn solid work.
As the first song hit I thought this would be a 3, but it's not. I admire Rod Stewart's voice in a way - it's pretty unique and he's kept doing it for a long time now. But this is a covers album and it's really obvious after a few songs. All over the place. And Christ, piss off with Amazing Grace. That song just gives me the creeps. The rest just descended into folky crap and so final score is 2/5.
Damn, Rod Stewart is such a basic bitch. I enjoy his raspy vocals when I hear Maggie May on classic rock radio, don't get me wrong. I just had no idea the songwriting in his broader catalogue was so full of sappy poor-man's witticisms and cliches. "Nighttime is only the other side of daytime" and "War time is only the other side of peace time" *eyeeeeeee rollllllll* Also, peep the lyrics on the album's titular track, just rampant misogyny and racism. It's hard to listen to some mediocre old white man talk so much shit about women.
I cannot express the boredom this album gave me. Plus the drummer is shit
With 1 exception: boringly boring
Cannot deal with it. Definitely not for me.
Just terrible, amd its probably his best
No thank you
Very poor - overlong songs which don’t go anywhere
Tried to listen to more than a few songs and couldn't. I just really don't care for this style of music.
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?
There is maybe no artist I hate more than Rod Steward. Maybe Phil Collins. It lacks both emotions and creativity. And then it's his voice. This man should really clear his throat before singing.
bruh this shit sucks
Not really a fan.
Horrible album by a horrible individual.
Surprising amount of country influence. Still Rod Stewart, though.
I couldn't get with this album. Music was the only good thing and that's being generous.
Better than bon Jovi 1