|1. Long Way From Happiness|
|2. Live Like Horses|
|3. The End Will Come|
|4. If The River Can Bend|
|5. Love's Got A Lot To Answer For|
|6. Something About The Way You Look Tonight|
|7. The Big Picture|
|8. Recover Your Soul|
|10. I Can't Steer My Heart Clear Of You|
|11. Wicked Dreams|
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.
The remaining tracks aren't terrible per say. However, they just drag on and on without having anything meaningful to say. Coupled with the fact that most of them are over five minutes long, its a real chore to listen to this CD in one sitting.
Furthermore, the pacing and stylings of the record are limited. Way too many ballads and mid tempo pieces that lack excitement and verve. On top of that, the arrangements are so identical. Must every piece have a synthesizer string arrangement? Elton's trademark keyboard runs just aren't present enough in the overall mix. Yes there are some good solos, but once the solo is finished Elton's piano playing more often than not falls into the background behind the strings. The guitar, bass, and drums don't do anything exciting on any of the tracks.
A few good songs here and there, but I would recommend passing on this collection.