Rod's all-time classic voice delivers the goods once again on an all-new collection of unforgettable, timeless American songs that's certain to capture the millions of fans who fell in love with Volumes I & II and a whole new audience as well. Featuring historic duets with Dolly Parton and Bette Midler and guest star appearances by Stevie Wonder, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Koz and others.
It's a little hard to take Rod Stewart seriously when, on the first track of this third installment in his Great American Songbook
series, he sings ruefully about his love life being "lean" ("Embraceable You"). But otherwise, Stardust...Volume III
is as note-for-note solid as its predecessors--a cozy-up-to-the-fire treat that's also a pleasant reminder of these songs' staying power. "S'Wonderful" settles on the ears winningly, and Stewart's scratchathon voice scalpels the cobwebs off of "Isn't It Romantic" in a way that compels the average listener to reconsider thinking it dopey. In addition, the parade of high-wattage pals recruited to pitch in continues here, resulting in a couple of must-hear combinations. Eric Clapton
delivers a rather un-Clapton-like guitar solo on "Blue Moon" and Stevie Wonder
blows harp like he means it on "What a Wonderful World," but it is the duets--"Baby It's Cold Outside" with the unsinkable Dolly Parton
and "Manhattan" with the indomitable Bette Midler
--that the dazzle most. --Tammy La Gorce