If you're an Elton John fan partial to his ballads, then this is a good album to get. The majority of the songs on here, with the exception of four, are exactly that. Most of them don't hold up quite as well (except for the beautiful "Live Like Horses") as those on, say, his 1970 self-titled album, but they come very close. Bernie Taupin's lyrics are, in general, very poetic (and, at times, slightly naughty), and Elton's musical arrangements fit very well with most of them.
As far as the ballads on here go, my personal favorites are "Live Like Horses", "Recover Your Soul", "Something About the Way You Look Tonight", "Love's Got A Lot to Answer For", and the title track. What really stood out for me about these tracks was the fact that Bernie's lyrics and Elton's music & vocals really complement each other well. This isn't quite the case with some of the other ballads (i.e. the lyrics of "I Can't Steer My Heart Clear of You" are wonderful, as are Elton's vocals, but the musical arrangement doesn't quite work, in my opinion; though musically and vocally, "Long Way From Happiness" is very good, Bernie's lyrics aren't some of the most creative he's written).
In terms of the more "pop" songs, "If the River Can Bend" (a gospel-influenced track that reminded me of "Amazes Me" on the album "Sleeping with The Past"), "Wicked Dreams" (the "poetic and slightly naughty" track I mentioned in my first paragraph), and "January" (a track that, as far as lyrical imagery and musical arrangement goes, is pretty good) are my favorites. I really enjoyed the upbeat, energetic way Elton played and sung these songs.
Despite the minor flaws found on this album in some places, it remains one of my favorites. As a whole, this album was very good, worth at least listening to all the way through.