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Out of Order (Rod Stewart album)

Out of Order is the fifteenth studio album by Rod Stewart, released in 1988. It features the hit singles "Lost In You", "Forever Young", "My Heart Can't Tell You No", and "Crazy About Her". The album was produced by Stewart and members of The Power Station: guitarist Andy Taylor (also a former member of Duran Duran), and bassist Bernard Edwards (formerly of Chic). Chic drummer Tony Thompson also plays on the record.[4]

Out of Order
Out of Order (album).jpg
Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released 23 May 1988
Recorded 1987-1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 51:30
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor, Bernard Edwards
Rod Stewart chronology
Every Beat of My Heart
(1986)Every Beat of My Heart1986
Out of Order
The Best of Rod Stewart
(1989)The Best of Rod Stewart1989
Singles from Out of Order
  1. "Lost in You"
    Released: 15 April 1988
  2. "Forever Young"
    Released: 3 July 1988
  3. "My Heart Can't Tell You No"
    Released: 22 September 1988
  4. "Crazy About Her"
    Released: 17 January 1989
  5. "Dynamite"
    Released: 9 March 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]


Critical receptionEdit

The album was considered by many critics a return to form after a series of less successful albums. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "well-constructed", and Rolling Stone magazine called it a "confident, well-written, high-voltage work". Robert Christgau, however, gave it a C, unfavorably comparing the album to the work of The Power Station.[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album reached #20 on the Billboard 200, eventually going 2x Platinum record, which made it Stewart's best-selling album of the 1980s.

Each single released from the album went to the Top 20 of either the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, or the Billboard Hot 100. Music videos were also produced and released for each. The most successful single was "My Heart Can't Tell You No", which reached the Top 5 of both the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks and Billboard Hot 100.[5] The album had four charting hits in the U.S., the biggest being "My Heart Can't Tell You No" at #4.

In January 1989, NBC Sports used "Forever Young" for its closing montage (covering the past six months of sports highlights on NBC like the 1988 Summer Olympics, 1988 World Series, 1989 Fiesta Bowl, and Super Bowl XXIII) following their Super Bowl XXIII coverage.

The structure of the lyrics in this song is very similar to a Bob Dylan song of the same title. When this was realized, the song was then sent to Dylan, out of respect, asking whether he had a problem with it. The two men agreed to participate in the ownership of the song and share Stewart's royalties. The album has sold more than 9 million copies, worldwide.

In Brazil, the album was certified Gold in 1994.[6]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Lost In You" (Stewart, Andy Taylor) – 4:59
  2. "The Wild Horse" (Stewart, Taylor) – 4:58
  3. "Lethal Dose of Love" (Taylor, Stewart, Tony Brock) – 4:38
  4. "Forever Young" (Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Bob Dylan, Stewart) – 4:03
  5. "My Heart Can't Tell You No" (Simon Climie, Dennis Morgan) – 5:12
  6. "Dynamite" (Taylor, Stewart) – 4:16
  7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" (Jimmy Cox) – 3:50
  8. "Crazy About Her" (Duane Hitchings, Cregan, Stewart) – 4:53
  9. "Try a Little Tenderness" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods) – 4:27
  10. "When I Was Your Man" (Savigar, Stewart) – 5:14
  11. "Almost Illegal" (Stewart, Taylor) – 4:27



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Out of Order at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. ^ a b Robert Christgau. "CG: Rod Stewart". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  3. ^ Ben Greenman (1988-08-11). "Out Of Order | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ AllMusic
  6. ^ "Associayco Brasileira de Produtores de Disco". ABPD. Retrieved 2012-01-11.