10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After his disco crossover smash “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” the previous year, Rod Stewart put together 1980’s Foolish Behaviour with the help of his backing band, sharing songwriting credits on nearly all the cuts. For a man experiencing some of the greatest commercial peaks of any artist, he doesn’t sound exactly sure of his place in the era’s changing musical landscape. The hit single, “Passion,” suggests a balance between the dancefloor and his rocker past, but much of the rest struggles with its approach. “Better Off Dead” kicks things off in rocker mode, but its guitar tones are too polished and the keyboards threaten to wash out whatever edge exists, a problem that also renders “Gi’ Me Wings” equally ineffective. Much better are ballads such as “So Soon We Change,” which settles into a relaxed groove that allows his voice to play around the notes, and “My Girl” that’s one of those slow-dance Stewart readymades. “Oh God, I Wish I Was At Home Tonight” is the album’s most overlooked track, a mid-tempo where the smooth guitars and organ are more appropriately placed.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After his disco crossover smash “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?” the previous year, Rod Stewart put together 1980’s Foolish Behaviour with the help of his backing band, sharing songwriting credits on nearly all the cuts. For a man experiencing some of the greatest commercial peaks of any artist, he doesn’t sound exactly sure of his place in the era’s changing musical landscape. The hit single, “Passion,” suggests a balance between the dancefloor and his rocker past, but much of the rest struggles with its approach. “Better Off Dead” kicks things off in rocker mode, but its guitar tones are too polished and the keyboards threaten to wash out whatever edge exists, a problem that also renders “Gi’ Me Wings” equally ineffective. Much better are ballads such as “So Soon We Change,” which settles into a relaxed groove that allows his voice to play around the notes, and “My Girl” that’s one of those slow-dance Stewart readymades. “Oh God, I Wish I Was At Home Tonight” is the album’s most overlooked track, a mid-tempo where the smooth guitars and organ are more appropriately placed.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

E Badger ,

One of Rod's overlooked gems (in my humble opinion)

This is one of Rod's most underrated albums in my opinion. Having left the 70's behind with the disco feel of "Do ya think I'm sexy", he sounds like he found the Faces again on a fair amount of these tracks - i.e. he found the guitar again and he sings all out like a Scot should! More than ever in today's musical environment of American Idol, it's good to hear what a real rock star should sound like.

playasdelCaribe ,

Great Album. Buy it. REALLY!

For some reason, this album is often over-loooked or ignored. I don't know why. It's friggin' great.

keith1r ,

Rod's last good album

This was his last good album with his best band lineup.

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