He has a Grammy and BRIT Award on the shelf, a star on the Walk of Fame, it twice was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame and is sold records with over 200 million long among the icons of the music world - and still there even for a Rod Stewart also in 2015 yet new challenges: The Album "Another Country"Is the first in his career, which he - has added without having to enter a single studio - modern technology makes it possible.
In your own home by himself wrote and co-produced, can Stewart fans in the new songs as close to zoom up as never before. "To write good songs is only possible when one is as honest as possible in the matter," said Stewart about his latest work. "I think I'm a lot more with the heart in the matter today." With "Another Country", his 29th studio album as a solo artist, builds the Briton, who is now over 50 years in the spotlight clearly on the acclaimed predecessor "Time", Which is 2013 About 1 million copies sold worldwide, earned him two times platinum in the UK and in Germany 4th place occupied in the Media Control Charts.
"But it's more than just a sequel, because the range of issues this time is broader," says the singer. "And I find the songs better on this album." It marked "Time", which in the UK should even take up space 1 - what he previously played 37 years ago with "A Night on the Town"(1976) had succeeded: record - the end of a good two decades of drought in terms of songwriting He even makes its 2012 published autobiography (German title:."Rod - The Autobiographyresponsible ") that he eventually should compose himself again.
"So easy like it is me never to write new songs. This has always been a struggle," said Stewart. "But in the book were just so many stories gathered from which eventually emerged Songs And as the last album was so well then, I felt encouraged them to write more -.. But it is also about all other issues" "Another Country" is characterized musically by extreme variety: very intimate songs like "Can We Stay Home Tonight"Are equally represented on it as loose reggae grooves ("Love and Be Loved"), Set to music vitality ("Walking in The Sunshine") Has here just as at home as the passionate pleading"Please".
FOr the theme song he had imagined, "as well as a soldier so long to be away from home and missing his loved ones." Particularly outstanding are but this time those songs in which he processes personal experiences. "I firmly believe that some of these people will actually touch," says Stewart.
" 'Batman Superman Spiderman'Is, for example, how it is to bring my four year old son to bed at night - a feeling, with the sure can identify most fathers of young children. 'Way Back Home'Refers to my British roots and forward to being born near the end of World War II: I bow before so all those who have sacrificed their lives for peace and freedom, which has since given us. When my drummer dealt with the song, he finally broke even in tears - so it seems to arouse intense feelings ".
Particularly his penchant for Scottish culture shines on "Another Country" by repeatedly. "I may come in London to the world, but strictly speaking, I am a Scot from London," he commented. "Ever this Gaelic turning frequently heard on the album; I have also worked a lot with violins and mandolins My favorite piece of it '.We Can Win'. Actually, I had not planned to write about football. Probably because I have thought of my father and my brothers, because football simply means everything to us. It is dedicated to all the Celtic fans. "
What this again welds together the songs into one unit, a cohesive whole, is Stewart's voice - that voice that James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, once prompting to call the British as "best white soul singer" while Elton John once said: "Rod is clearly the best singer I have ever in rock heard rolling. "
This unmistakable raspy, expressive and constantly surprising versatile voice was already heard on over 200 million longplayers that Stewart has sold - starting with his recordings with the Jeff Beck Group and The Faces About the acclaimed solo releases to his FüNF "Great American Songbook" volumes, the most successful series of reinterpretations in the history of pop music.
Who doubts that the now 70-year-old Stewart can take on the legendary recordings of days gone by the voice, should listen to the finale of "Please" by itself. How relevant this voice is nowadays also occupied A $ AP Rocky current of Mark Ronson produced hit "Every day"Which is based on a vocal sample of Stewart, he called the late sixties with an obscure band Python Lee Jackson has received.
Most important, however, that "Another Country" highlights from the first note that you even after five decades in the music circus new paths on - because Stewart, his new album together with his co-producer Kevin Savigar has received, has set the first time on modern recording methods at work. "Fantastic was the fact that we have not seen any studio from the inside. I can look back on a really long career, and of course I have spent many years of in studio. This album now be able to first record at home has so much more intimate and just felt more comfortable. "
Although he admits that it is not at all sometimes so easy to find the right start, Stewart is firmly convinced that the best songs emerge organically: "Normally, I think my first time to select the title then I buzz him before. me forth and look just what happens - as it was for example in 'Maggie May'. There are also versions of this song, where Maggie May not appearing: I had the melody already, but did not know what the song should act. It's almost as if you had an antenna, and somehow the idea then comes over this antenna in your head. And if that does not happen by itself, then they should not exist. All this has to flow. "
The success of the "Time" -VorgÄngers have him, for that matter, means a lot - and not only in regard to the positive sales statistics: "Of course this is good for the ego, but more importantly it was that I could see in what really want to hear my fans, "said Stewart. "This is a the confidence to carry on and to say: 'Okay, I'll now time to show them how a really good album sounds.'"
As for his personal goals with "Another Country," says Rod Stewart a long time what it really true: "What I do, I want to do well, otherwise I would just fingers on it," the singer concludes that fOr the video for the first single "Love Is" the roof of his label Capitol has turned into Hollywood in a stage. "But if I get half as much positive feedback as last time, this time, I'm more than satisfied. I have this album actually written for my fans."
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