Rod Stewart - When We Were the New Boys

Rod Stewart - When We Were the New Boys
Artist: Rod Stewart
Duration: 41:51
Album: When We Were the New Boys
Genre: Pop\Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock, Rock & Roll
Recording Location: Beverly Park; LeMobile; OceanWay; OllyWood; Record One; Royaltone; Satinwood Studios
Release Date: June 2, 1998

When We Were the New Boys finds Rod Stewart tackling the music of his Brit-pop offspring and coming to terms with his pub rock roots.

It's a bit of a risky move, since he could have embarrassed himself with stodgy singing but, surprisingly, he (more or less) pulls it off. Granted, he's not nearly as energetic as he once was, and he stumbles on occasion, but he recasts Oasis' "Cigarettes and Alcohol," Primal Scream's "Rocks," and Graham Parker's "Hotel Chambermaid" as comfortable rockers in the vein of "Hot Legs." They're not as vibrant as the Gallaghers' rolling thunder or Bobby Gillespie's ironic classicism, but they're easily the best rockers Rod has cut in ages. Yet, like on any of his '90s records, he really shines on the ballads, giving Ron Sexsmith's "Secret Heart," Nick Lowe's gorgeous "Shelly My Love," and Mike Scott's "What Do You Want Me to Do" lovely, unadorned readings, while letting his sentimental streak slip through in his original "When We Were the New Boys" and a cover of the Faces' "Ooh La La," originally sung by Ron Wood. These unabashedly recall his rowdy, youthful days with the Faces, and they're warmly nostalgic. He may be reveling in memory and trying recapture his youth, but Rod hasn't sounded this comfortable in years.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Cigarettes and Alcohol / Noel GallagherRod Stewart4:03
Ooh La La / Ronnie Lane / Ron WoodRod Stewart4:15
Rocks / Bobby Gillespie / Andrew Innes / George YoungRod Stewart4:45
Superstar / Joseph McAlindenRod Stewart4:21
Secret Heart / Ron SexsmithRod Stewart4:07
Hotel Chambermaid / Graham ParkerRod Stewart3:49
Shelly My Love / Nick LoweRod Stewart3:38
When We Were the New Boys / Kevin Savigar / Rod StewartRod Stewart4:39
Weak / Robbie France / Martin Kent / Richard LewisRod Stewart4:38
What Do You Want Me to Do? / Mike ScottRod Stewart3:36

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