Rod's huge 1972 follow-up to Every Picture reached #2 and produced three more hit songs: You Wear It Well; Angel (written by Jimi Hendrix), and Twistin' the Night Away . Nine tracks in all.
The fourth Rod Stewart album to contain his trademark acoustic-electric mix of instruments and bluesy vocals, Never a Dull Moment
feels anything but formulaic, kicking off with the aw-shucks modesty of "True Blue" and rollicking on through the enduring original "You Wear It Well." Some of the best tunes here are covers--Bob Dylan
's searching "Mama You Been on My Mind," a soulful reading of Sam Cooke
's "Twistin' the Night Away," and a scorching take on Etta James
's "I'd Rather Go Blind"--but, as always, Stewart manages to make them sound of a piece with his own compositions. Unlike the promises proffered by some album titles, Never a Dull Moment
(ironic though it was, given the cover painting of a terminally bored Stewart) proved to be dead-on. --Daniel Durchholz