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EDITORS’ NOTES

Elton John’s fourth album is a dusky, dense set of big pop gestures and lush ballads that, conceptually, detail Elton in America. It’s rich with shimmering melodies, booming pianos and guitars, and syrupy-sweet orchestral arrangements that sometimes hint at prog rock. There’s lots of magic and emotional depth in Bernie Taupin’s storyteller lyrics and Elton’s warm, dynamic vocals and performances—from the California girl in the haunting and pretty “Tiny Dancer” to the Native American warriors in the string-and-piano epic “Indian Sunset” to the homeless man in the blues-y “Razor Face.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Elton John’s fourth album is a dusky, dense set of big pop gestures and lush ballads that, conceptually, detail Elton in America. It’s rich with shimmering melodies, booming pianos and guitars, and syrupy-sweet orchestral arrangements that sometimes hint at prog rock. There’s lots of magic and emotional depth in Bernie Taupin’s storyteller lyrics and Elton’s warm, dynamic vocals and performances—from the California girl in the haunting and pretty “Tiny Dancer” to the Native American warriors in the string-and-piano epic “Indian Sunset” to the homeless man in the blues-y “Razor Face.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
71 Ratings
71 Ratings
TwoRoomsEJBT ,

Elton's Darkest Sounding Album

Perhaps Elton’s darkest sounding album, I simply love the mood this album creates. Thanks to Paul Buckmaster’s stirring and at times, even frightening orchestral arrangements, this album is a pretty heavy affair.

Plus, there is something about the way Elton’s piano was recorded. It has such warmth and depth to it. I don’t hear this type of sound quality on any other Elton John album.

Hits like Tiny Dancer and Levon were majestic storytelling songs and instantly harken me back to a simpler time. But it’s the deep album tracks that remind me why this album is so good. Razor Face, All The Nasties, Holiday Inn and the last track, Goodbye, are excellent.

Taupin once again, paints vivid pictures with his words, as only he can. And Indian Sunset is nearly a short story set to music. This song, about the plight of the American Indian never fails to move me.

Producer Gus Dudgeon’s steady hand brought a rich sound quality (thanks also to some unique session back-up singers that resemble a choir on some songs) that I don’t think was ever repeated.

Bamafan92 ,

Best Elton Album

We've all heard Elton's Greatest Hits but some of the songs on his earlier albums have slipped through the cracks, which is a shame because they really are some of his finest musical compositions.

My personal favorites on this album are "Holiday Inn," "Levon," and "Razor Face." If you like Elton John and want to hear some of his best songs ever, this album is A MUST HAVE!!!!

PeterNNJ ,

One of the Best albums of its time

If only Elton could write music like this still. With Bernie Taupin's moving lyrics, Paul Buckmaster writing the beautiful orchestral arrangements, and Davey Johnstone's experimental guitar work in Madman. Who can even hold a candle to that today?

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