Riss’s Ramblings – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

Preconceived Notions:  I always wish that this was the album with “Tiny Dancer” on it; it’s not.  It does have a bunch of his “hits” and it’s probably the most recognizably “Elton” album.  I’ve never listened to it all the way through.

After Listening: I’m constantly in conflict about how I feel about Elton John.  Some days I think I really like him and sometimes he’s just ok.  Today is just an “ok” day for me.  This is considered a “classic” album by most people’s standards, correct?  I’m glad I listened to it, but there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of variation or new things.  What he does, he does well, but in the vein of Meatloaf and Steinman, Taupin and John fall victim to their own formulas a lot, I think.  Every time I hear “Bennie & The Jets” I think of the movie Sliding Doors and I also wonder, why spell “Bennie” that way?  I think it’s kind of impossible, in this post-Diana world to listen to “Candle in the Wind” with fresh ears.

Favorites: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road/The Ballad of Danny Bailey
Least Fave: Jamaica Jerk Off

Overall: 3.5 (better than ok, but at some points I just dropped off and there wasn’t anything emotionally engaging)

Riss (46 Posts)

Raised in the Midwest, Marissa feels that she has absolutely no good defense for liking what she likes or nominating what she nominates. She likes it that way. With a preference for the indie music scene, there was a time before (alright a rough adolescence) filled with oldies, then country, then pop. She was an unabashed slave to Nsync, and boy bands in general, but not Backstreet Boys, god no! But that has passed. Marissa is passionate about music and about caring about music (and caring about things in general). She considers herself a stereotype, a cliche and a conundrum, all at the same time. When not listening to music Marissa enjoys watching movies, that she will sometimes review on her blog. She is an avid reader and a seasoned podcaster.

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