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