"The only way to write songs is to be as personal as you can," says Rod Stewart. "I think I'm writing a lot more from my heart now." Having recently passed his fiftieth anniversary as a recording artist, the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee continues to add new chapters to an incomparable career. With his twenty-ninth solo studio album, Another Country, Stewart picks up where his last album, 2013's globally acclaimed Time, left off. "This is more than just an extension of the last record, the topics that I sing about are a bit more widespread," he says. "I think the songs are better on this one."
If there's any doubt that, at age 70, Stewart's vocals are still the stuff of legend, check out the throat-shredding peak of "Please." And if you have any question about the impact his sound still has, consider the new hit by rapper A$AP Rocky, "Everyday," which is built around a sample of Stewart's voice from a 1970 recording with an obscure band called Python Lee Jackson. Another Country also demonstrates that an artist with five decades of work behind him can still find new ways to create.