Picks and Pans Review: Rod Stewart

updated 07/28/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/28/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Rod Stewart

If there is such a thing as mid-life crisis rock, Stewart has, at 41, just produced its state-of-the-art album. It shows that he is still possessed of (and with) the animal energy that has been his trademark, but it also shows that Stewart may be capable of a lot more in the way of interpretation and introspection (yes, this is the Rod Stewart) than anyone has given him credit for until now. Some credit too should go to Bob Ezrin, who took over as Stewart's producer after working with such artists as Alice Cooper. Most of the LP's second side is devoted to ruefully romantic, down-tempo tunes, including two particularly effective ones: In My Own Crazy Way, which Stewart wrote with Frankie Miller, Troy Seals and Eddie Setser, and Ten Days of Rain (Stewart, Kevin Savigar and Tony Brock). The album concludes with a remarkable performance of the remarkable Lennon-McCartney song In My Life. Stewart sings part of it a cappella, and hearing the joy and trouble behind that roughly used larynx gives new dimension to the phrase "voice of experience." (Warner Bros.)

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