ROD STEWART Still The Same, Great Rock Classics Of Our Time (J/Sony/BMG) Rating: NN
Along with Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart is one of the most consistently and inexplicably overrated artists of the last century. And doesn't he put out an album of covers like this time every year? This is just mind-numbingly boring. The disc is called Great Rock Classics, but there's very little rock on it, just a whole bunch of roll, making it straight-ahead adult contemporary, and not of the good variety. (I do love my good adult contemporary.) Have You Ever Seen The Rain, I'll Stand By You, It's A Heartache, Father & Son, Crazy Love. If you've heard Cat Stevens (and, no, he was not Yusuf Islam when he wrote it) sing Father & Son, you don't need to hear Rod sing it. Good tunes recorded with slick production and very little passion. Nazareth's Love Hurts is okay in a stripped-down bare-bones kind of way, but even then it's like Stewart's not even trying any more, because he knows people will buy this album anyway.