Rod Stewart: Soulbook | Pop CD review

Rod Stewart's Soulbook is all soft-focus soul covers, says Ally Carnwath

Stewart has talked it up as the start of a long-term homage but there's a whiff of yuletide money-spinner about this soul covers project. It amounts to a kind of Radio 2-sanctioned take on The X Factor; credible voice, classic tracks but just enough slow dance balladry to induce tipsy liaisons under the mistletoe. There's no doubting Stewart's pulling power – Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder provide guest vocals and harmonica respectively on versions of their own tracks while Mary J Blige delivers hefty diva backing elsewhere – but the soft focus treatment makes this a lightweight primer to a fine batch of songs.

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