Out today (October 23rd) is Rod Stewart’s latest album, titled Another Country. The set, which features 12 new songs co-written by Rod, is his 29th solo studio album. Rod Stewart said in the press release announcing the set, “When my last album was so well-received, it gave me the confidence to keep on writing, and to examine and write about different things. It also gave me the freedom to experiment with different sounds like reggae, ska and Celtic melodies.”
Highlights on the album include the track “Batman Superman Spiderman,” which he wrote about the bedtime stories he would tell his young son Aiden, as well as the title track, which salutes the armed forces. The bonus edition includes five extra cuts — including Rod’s 1968 track “In A Broken Dream” with Python Lee Jackson, which was sampled earlier this year in the ASAP Rocky song, “Everyday.”
With Rod Stewart once again taking charge in the studio, we asked him if he was trying in some way to recapture the magic found on his classic early-’70s albums: “Well, you can’t recreate those, y’know, the atmosphere that was around in the studio (and) the way I felt back in those days, y’know? In those days I was in my late-’20s. Y’know, you’ve done this music and you’ve done it once and I swear to God you can do it again if you put your mind to it. The themes of the songs are a little bit more adult now; there’s no ‘Hot Legs’ or ‘Do You Think I’m Sexy?’ but there are songs I think people can relate to.”
On October 29th, Rod Stewart will appear in “in conversation” at New York City’s 92nd Street Y.