Rolling Stone - 3 Stars - Good
Personnel includes: Rod Stewart (vocals); Andy Taylor, Jim Cregan, Michael Landau (guitar); David Lindley (mandolin); Lenny Pickett (saxophone); Billy Payne (piano); Kevin Savigar (keyboards); Bob Glaub, Bernard Edwards (bass); Tony Thompson (drums); Bobbye Hall (percussion).
Producers: Andy Taylor, Bernard Edwards, Rod Stewart.
Recorded at Record Plant Studios, and Ocean Way Studios, Los Angeles, California.
OUT OF ORDER not only marked Rod Stewart's collaboration with half of Power Station (Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor and Chic bassist Bernard Edwards), but also the bawdy Scot's return to a slightly more organic sound after drowning his previous record CAMOUFLAGE in synthesizers. Enlisting multi-instrumentalist David Lindley meant the return of the trademark mandolin associated with Stewart's sound, on songs such as "Lost In You" and "Forever Young" (both of which were the only Top 20 hits on this album).
Teeny-bopper reputation aside, Taylor's guitar playing provides a worthy foil for Stewart on the punchy "Dynamite" and the sanctified build-up on which "The Wild Horse" eventually rides out. Being an '80s album, some slick production does come up particularly on an unrecognizable reading of the old chestnut "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out" and a strings-caressed version of "Try A Little Tenderness."
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