Rod Stewart – Out Of Order
Another recent vinyl score, I have to admit I wasn’t sure I wanted to listen to it right away. I knew I was gonna want it in the collection (I have a whole whack of them already, so why not fill in the blanks?), but did I want to play it right now? Well… Aw screw it, I threw it on.
It’s a typical Rod record. Meaning, there are the hit songs (Forever Young and My Heart Can’t Tell Me No). There are the other songs you know (Lost In You, Crazy About Her). There are the old cover tunes (the funk rock almost-unrecognizable Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, and Try A Little Tenderness). There are songs where it seems obvious he’s coasting a bit (The Wild Horse, When I Was Your Man). But in general, he does a fairly good job, he sounds like only Rod Stewart sounds, and his band is rock steady behind him. In other words – it’s a Rod Stewart solo album. This time, it just happens to be from 1988.
Also, I know they were probably trying to be artistic and show off that ridiculous haircut he’s made his trademark, but I really doubt that I would authorize a photo of the top of his head for the friggin’ album cover.
Out Of Order: taking you back to the 80s, where Rod does what he does best: singing about wanting love, having love, lost love, how much he loves to dance and rock, and (in subtext) how horny he is all of the damn time.