ROD STEWART ‘The Tears of Hercules’

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Rod Stewart will release his 31st album, on which 9 of the 12 songs on The Tears of Hercules were written by Stewart. “I’ve never said this before about any previous efforts,” he says in a statement, “but I believe this is by far my best album in many a year.”

Stewart co-produced the album with Kevin Savigar, a keyboardist/songwriter that has been working with him since 1978. They co-wrote “One More Time” in addition to “All My Days.” Stewart and his touring guitarist Emerson Stewart co-wrote “Born to Boogie (a Tribute to Marc Bolan)” and “I Can’t Imagine.” The track “Touchline” is dedicated to Stewart’s father, who instilled in him a lifelong love of soccer.

Stewart has always had a gift for making any song sound like it was written just for him. That’s certainly true of the album’s title track, a powerful ballad written by Marc Jordan. Through the years, Stewart has recorded other songs written by Jordan, including “Rhythm Of My Heart” (#5 U.S./#3 U.K.) from Vagabond Heart and “This” from his gold-certified album, A Spanner in the Works. Additional covers include Stewart’s joyful take on Soul Brother Six’s “Some Kind Of Wonderful,” and his stirring rendition of Johnny Cash’s “These Are My People.”