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Album Review

Elton John once claimed that he could remember The One among his latter-day albums because it was the first he recorded without drugs or alcohol. If true — and there's no reason to doubt him — that could be the reason why this has more character than most of his albums since the early '80s, holding together well in its deliberately measured, mature songcraft by Elton and Bernie Taupin. There's less gloss than on many of his late-'80s records, and John gives a fairly convincing performance throughout this set of pretty good songs. If there's any real problem, it's that the album just doesn't have many memorable songs. Though they're all reasonably melodic and well-crafted, none of the them have memorable musical or lyrical hooks and, if anything, Chris Thomas' production is too evenhanded. Still, even if it isn't memorable, it does represent a meaningful move forward, just because it does sound warmer and more considered than the records that immediately preceded it. [The 2001 German reissue contains two bonus tracks, "Suit of Wolves" and "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls."]

Customer Reviews

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.

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.

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.

Biography

Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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