At 76, Rod Stewart isn’t about to let go of his rapscallion ways – at least not in song.

But as he cries The Tears of Hercules on his 31st studio album, and first set of new material in three years, Rod is both rascal and rhapsodist, taking in across its 12 songs the full measure of a life that ranges from a schoolboy doing time with Maggie May to a senior who’s comfortably moving to the rhythm of his rock ‘n’ roll heart.

Co-produced and mostly co-written with long time band member Kevin Savigar, Hercules ticks off most of the boxes that Stewart has made his musical stocks in trade over the course of more than five decades.

The Tears of Hercules‘ blend and spirit certainly recalls classics such as Every Picture Tells A Story and Never a Dull Moment without replacing them or necessarily offering songs that will find a place in the upper echelon of Stewart’s catalogue.

See if you agree with us as we play two tracks every hour from The Tears of Hercules on our dedicated Rod Stewart radio station.