Songs From the West Coast
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||The Emperor's New Clothes||Elton John||4:28||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Dark Diamond||Elton John||4:26||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Look Ma, No Hands||Elton John||4:22||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||American Triangle||Elton John||4:49||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Original Sin||Elton John||4:49||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Birds||Elton John||3:52||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Want Love||Elton John||4:35||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Wasteland||Elton John||4:21||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ballad of the Boy In Tthe Red Shoes||Elton John||4:51||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love Her Like Me||Elton John||3:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Mansfield||Elton John||4:53||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||This Train Don't Stop There Anymore||Elton John||4:38||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Your Song||Elton John & Alessandro Safina||4:20||£0.99||View In iTunes|
Throughout his songs for The Road to El Dorado, Elton John hinted at his classic sound of the early '70s, but it's still a refreshing surprise to find him largely returning to that sound on his 2001 album, Songs From the West Coast. It was easy to think that John wasn't interested in writing like this anymore, given not just his continued success, but the ease with which he was crafting pleasant adult contemporary records. There are still elements of that on Songs From the West Coast — a few of the ballads are a little too even-handed, and since this is a modern recording, it lacks the resonant warmth of such classics as Honky Chateau and Tumbleweed Connection. Still, this is the richest, best record he's released in a long time, an album where it feels like a hit single is secondary to the sheer pleasure of craft, whether it's crafting a song or an album. And this is an album that flows easily and naturally, setting the mood with the story sketch "The Emperor's New Clothes" and then heading in a number of scenic directions. Of these, "American Triangle," his elegy for Matthew Shepard, will likely receive the most attention, but the most interesting are songs like the bluesy "The Wasteland," "Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes," which recalls the Tumbleweed epics, the neo-Captain Fantastic tune "Dark Diamond," the soulful closer "This Train Don't Stop There Anymore," and "Birds," a terrific, spare, rolling country-rocker. His songwriting hasn't been this diverse or consistent since the early '80s, and he hasn't made a record better than this in years. No, Songs From the West Coast won't make you forget Tumbleweed Connection, but it often recalls those peaks, which, frankly, is enough.
SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST.
This is Fantastic, Elton at his best, Dark Diamond, American Triangle, I Want Love and The Train Don't Stop Hear Anymore are superb.
Love this. One of Elton's best albums in my opinion.
Back to his best!
An absolutely brilliant return to form and Elton's best album since Captain Fantastic. The sort of album he should have been making for the last 30 years. Lots of standout tracks, many of which would rank among Elton's finest. Definitely back to basics with more piano, a much less crowded production and the songs themselves superbly written, arranged and crafted. Love the Buckmaster orchestral arrangements and the overall musicianship is excellent. Sounds like an Elton John album should.
Born: 25 March 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s