Rod Stewart is a wonderful singer, and his raspy voice seems to get better with age.
This 2012 program plunks him into a homey, Christmas-party-type venue as he works his way through a conventional Noel repertoire.
Seemingly filmed by the ocean in LA, Stewart rides up to the concert locale on a bicycle -- sans helmet, 'natch -- then dashes off to put on a variety of festive costumes -- during which he's deferentially called "Mr. Stewart" -- then polishes off the singing gig as if he's got other errands to check off his list.
Stewart's voice is classic, but we're left with the impression this performance is perfunctory.
However, I really liked the guest spot featuring a honey-voiced Ceelo Green and the romantic trumpet solo by Chris Botti, during which several (possibly professional) dancing couples canoodled.
Stewart comes across as hollow and superficial in this setting, but if you use this program as something pleasant to have on in the background, while you attend to other things, it shouldn't fail to please. (When with Rod, do as Rod does, I guess...)
I'd sometimes noticed that Stewart was one artist I was OK with on the car radio, basically when I was tooling around doing something else. But he had never grabbed me enough that I'd buy one of his records. That same he's-here-but-he's-not,-really, sort of operates here...
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