Rod Stewart - It Had To Be You... The Great American Songbook (2002/2015) [Official Digital Download]

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Rod Stewart - It Had To Be You... The Great American Songbook (2002/2015) [Official Digital Download]

Rod Stewart - It Had To Be You… The Great American Songbook (2002/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 49:10 minutes | 553 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Like many a pop singer, Stewart returns here to what's become generally known as the Great American Songbook, that evergreen body of mid-20th century songcraft that continues to inspire singers across oceans and generations. It's said that Stewart has been vocalizing many of these songs in private for years, and given the warm, human scale of most of the performances here, it's not hard to believe. Producer Phil Ramone's spare, unobtrusive arrangements inspire the singer to some of his most subtle and rewarding performances in years. Stewart's slightly weary vocal tack handsomely suggests the smoke, booze, and aching heart that lie at the best of these songs. Such back-to-the-future efforts can often sound like a last career gasp; here, they seem a refreshing breath of fresh air.

It's the kind of concept that seems brilliant on paper: revive the career of one of the great vocalists of the rock era by having him sing the great American pop songs of the pre-rock era. It was done before with Linda Ronstadt, and it worked well, so why not Rod Stewart, whose career was in shambles in 2002 following the disastrous modern R&B record Human? Clive Davis, the man behind Santana's comeback, masterminded the whole thing, and It Had to Be You was born. Again, the whole thing sounds good on paper, but in practice, it's a bit of a mixed bag. Certainly, following a throat operation, Stewart is singing better than he has in years, and he feels much more comfortable here than he did on Human, but the whole project has an artificial undercurrent that's hard to shake, especially since the song selection, the arrangements, and the performances play it so safe they're largely undistinguished. It's not necessarily bad, but it doesn't have much character outside of Rod's voice, and his soulful rasp isn't really suited for these songs. Nevertheless, this is exactly what it's billed as – Rod sings the Great American Songbook – and it's done with professionalism and ease, so it's a pleasant listen. But it won't replace Sinatra, of course, or even Ronstadt's similar work with Nelson Riddle.


01 - You Go To My Head
02 - They Can't Take That Away From Me
03 - The Way You Look Tonight
04 - It Had To Be You
05 - That Old Feeling
06 - These Foolish Things
07 - The Very Thought Of You
08 - Moonglow
09 - I'll Be Seeing You
10 - Every Time We Say Goodbye
11 - The Nearness Of You
12 - For All We Know
13 - We'll Be Together Again
14 - That's All

Analyzed: Rod Stewart / It Had To be You… The Great American Songbook

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR10 -1.16 dB -12.45 dB 4:17 01-You Go To My Head
DR9 -1.16 dB -12.71 dB 3:25 02-They Can't Take That Away From Me
DR11 -0.99 dB -14.49 dB 3:48 03-The Way You Look Tonight
DR6 -1.47 dB -10.14 dB 3:24 04-It Had To Be You
DR6 -1.45 dB -9.00 dB 2:54 05-That Old Feeling
DR6 -1.43 dB -8.98 dB 3:48 06-These Foolish Things
DR12 -0.99 dB -15.33 dB 3:19 07-The Very Thought Of You
DR7 -1.43 dB -10.07 dB 3:33 08-Moonglow
DR7 -1.46 dB -11.64 dB 3:51 09-I'll Be Seeing You
DR7 -1.42 dB -9.96 dB 3:27 10-Every Time We Say Goodbye
DR8 -1.04 dB -11.23 dB 3:00 11-The Nearness Of You
DR7 -1.48 dB -11.75 dB 3:25 12-For All We Know
DR12 -0.99 dB -15.07 dB 3:54 13-We'll Be Together Again
DR7 -1.44 dB -10.30 dB 3:06 14-That's All

Number of tracks: 14
Official DR value: DR8

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1520 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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