The title of Universal's 2012 collection Decades gives away the idea behind the set: it samples from each of Rod Stewart's hitmaking decades. Well, that's the idea, anyway, but it stops short at 1991, here represented by "Broken Arrow," thereby completely overlooking Rod's comeback as a tuxedoed crooner of standards in the new millennium. Instead, it's a grab bag of hits, most coming from the '70s -- "Maggie May," "Every Picture Tells a Story," "You Wear It Well," all the standards from Mercury are here, along with the Faces single "Stay with Me" and the Warner hits "Young Turks," "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," and "Hot Legs." It could have withstood more adventurous selections or perhaps a few more latter-day hits but everything here is great, so it winds up as a good sampler.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
feat: The Faces