13 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elton John’s 23rd album is a showcase of the qualities that made him great in the ’70s: beautiful melodies, pop songcraft perfection, musical virtuosity, and empathy in Bernie Taupin’s narrative-driven lyrics. It’s filled with mature themes too—the blues-y “Runaway Train” (with Eric Clapton), the pop-hypnotic “Simple Life,” and the R&B-fueled “Sleeping With the Past” all tell of Elton’s new-found sobriety and clarity on life. The title song is a sweeping ode to finding one’s own spiritual twin, which sets the tone for the entire album.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Elton John’s 23rd album is a showcase of the qualities that made him great in the ’70s: beautiful melodies, pop songcraft perfection, musical virtuosity, and empathy in Bernie Taupin’s narrative-driven lyrics. It’s filled with mature themes too—the blues-y “Runaway Train” (with Eric Clapton), the pop-hypnotic “Simple Life,” and the R&B-fueled “Sleeping With the Past” all tell of Elton’s new-found sobriety and clarity on life. The title song is a sweeping ode to finding one’s own spiritual twin, which sets the tone for the entire album.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
47 Ratings
47 Ratings
SladeRRD ,

His Last Great Album

I don't know how iTunes' reviewer can say there are no memorable songs on this disc- maybe he only listened to The One and The Last Song like most people seemed to. Those of us who gave this album a chance were rewarded with several surprises from a newly sober and recharged Elton John. This was his best album in years and probably his last truly great one. Give a listen to the last minute and a half of Sweat It Out and you'll hear the best piano playing Elton recorded. It alone is worth the price of the album. With guests like Eric Clapton on Runaway Train and David Gilmour on Understanding Women this is a must have, classic disc. Get it now- you won't be sorry.

qxflyer ,

Are you people nuts?

When this album came out, I was a complete metal-head. (Insert mean-spirited insult here) I mean, if it was not metal, why bother? But, I gave this album a listen because it was Elton John and I had heard his music on the radio--only when I did not get to choose the station of course--and I had respect for his talent. This album absolutely kicked my butt!!! This is an incredible collection of songs. Those who do not like it, what is the problem? Drop the talentless Rolling Stone reviewing, and just listen to it. Phenom of an album.
If I were asked to recommend just one Elton John album, this is The One.

Screenplayhouse ,

Can't recommend disc, but yes to a few non-hit tracks

This was a big disc for Elton in the day, with hits 'The One' and 'The Last Song' launching his new very serious 'Can You Feel The Love Tonight' phase of his career. The rest of this disc is a confused mess of mixed styles and crazed production. There are two songs, though, that stand out from this project as unique to it. The opener 'Simple Life' and 'Sweat It Out', cut from the same Bruce Hornsby inspired cloth. It's hard to explain what makes these key. Maybe it's the complex arrangements, maybe it's the length of these slow burners, I don't really know, but I highly recommend them. $2 will give you 13 minutes of music. Not bad.

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