Rod Stewart is releasing a new CD tomorrow, “Soulbook.” As with his “Great American Songbook” series, this album is a collection of cover songs, although different in that it focuses on R&B classics vs. American Standards.
It is undeniable that Rod Stewart is something of a legend in the world of music – after all, he’s responsible for some true classics like “Maggie Mae” and “If You Want My Body.” Even his 80s albums yielded great hits like “Forever Young.”
So at what point did he decide to give up completely and just re-record stuff that belongs to other people? Will he never record an original song again? I’ve been annoyed by this since the first “Great American Songbook” album dropped because 1) he’s British and 2) his voice is novel, but why would you ever listen to him sing “The Way You Look Tonight” over Frank Sinatra? His scratchy warble is no match for one of the greatest crooners of all time. But for some reason, people just ate that album up, prompting him to create three sequels as well as an album dedicated to rock covers. Now he’s tackling R&B, which, admittedly, seems like it might be better suited to his voice than Standards. But it’s still annoying to watch him make barrels of money by poorly rehashing other people’s work.