|Album:||When We Were the New Boys|
|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.
|Cigarettes and Alcohol / Noel Gallagher||Rod Stewart||4:03|
|Ooh La La / Ronnie Lane / Ron Wood||Rod Stewart||4:15|
|Rocks / Bobby Gillespie / Andrew Innes / George Young||Rod Stewart||4:45|
|Superstar / Joseph McAlinden||Rod Stewart||4:21|
|Secret Heart / Ron Sexsmith||Rod Stewart||4:07|
|Hotel Chambermaid / Graham Parker||Rod Stewart||3:49|
|Shelly My Love / Nick Lowe||Rod Stewart||3:38|
|When We Were the New Boys / Kevin Savigar / Rod Stewart||Rod Stewart||4:39|
|Weak / Robbie France / Martin Kent / Richard Lewis||Rod Stewart||4:38|
|What Do You Want Me to Do? / Mike Scott||Rod Stewart||3:36|