Time - Rod Stewart

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    To say it’s Stewart’s best album for more than 30 years may, ultimately, not be saying much, but it’s refreshing to hear him at the helm of a high-quality record, to hear him singing with heartfelt vigour, and--perhaps most importantly--having fun.
  2. May 20, 2013
    In its own way, Time is as pleasingly surprising as Bowie's re-emergence. [Jun 2013, p.86]
  3. May 10, 2013
    Overall, it’s a hearty welcome back to one of Britain’s best-selling singers.
  4. 70
    The Time album always sounds neater and cozier than the songs it echoes. Yet behind the album’s considerable calculation, there’s a glimpse of a kindly heart.
  5. 67
    Many tracks are fairly anonymous but ballad "Brighton Beach" and the anthemic "Can't Stop Me Now" serve as reminders that this is the man who brought us "Maggie May." [10 May 2013, p.67]
  6. Time just feels far too fabricated, far too forced and well far too late.
  7. May 13, 2013
    The only annoyance is the production, which seems to believe that America will only buy rock by a Scotsman from London if it's laden with stadium-pop Waterboys/Mumfords/Titanic Celtic cack rock. [Jun 2013, p.101]
  8. May 13, 2013
    His voice may be sounding a teeny bit thin these days (although he still has all the high notes) but if you like Rod Stewart, you will love this album; if not, there are high points which may win you over.
  9. In place of the suavité we associate with Songbook Rod, we get a whooping, sequenced modernisation of 1970s Guitar-Rock Rod.
  10. May 9, 2013
    The album certainly has its flaws--some plodding AOR arrangements, and so-so songs--but he hasn't sounded this engaged with his music in a very long time.
  11. 60
    Over production is a constant issue with these tunes, as Stewart (who co-produced) layers guitars, horns, backing vocals and too much of everything on melodies that, by and large, are strong enough to stand on their own in more stripped down arrangements.
  12. May 7, 2013
    The songwriting is sometimes clunky or kind of silly (see "Sexual Religion"), but there's a lighthearted warmth on nearly every song.
  13. May 6, 2013
    The occasional glint of mandolin and fiddle fails to alchemise Time's glossy LA rock, or excuse some shocking lyrics. [Jun 2013, p.79]
  14. May 6, 2013
    Time winds up a bit muddled, swinging from moments of genuine sweetness toward sharp saccharine, but even with all its flaws it's nice to hear Stewart engaged again, both as a writer and a singer.
  15. 50
    At best, for a former superstar, returning to the creative fray, the record is mediocre. [Jul 2013, p.88]
  16. May 10, 2013
    Overall, Time is badly balanced and overproduced, but it does offer signs of life while falling short of a genuinely exciting resurgence.
  17. 40
    It all goes wrong later on, in a limp succession of ersatz disco ("Sexual Religion"), routine raunch-rock ("Finest Woman") and empty sentiments like "Pure Love", yet another gloss on Pachelbel's Canon.
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  1. Jun 9, 2013
    This could have been a good album but I can't get past the glossy production and studio-sounding players.

    Had Rod made this with Ronnie
    This could have been a good album but I can't get past the glossy production and studio-sounding players.

    Had Rod made this with Ronnie Wood, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan, etc, and minimal production... now you're talking.
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  2. May 25, 2013
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