It's an unusual album. Elton definitely didn't care too much what the general public, the critics and the top forty thought. This album is not without bad material. Out of the blue, Boogie Pilgrim are overly repetitive and long. But there are moments that blow me away. The wide eyed and Laughing with it's sitar, unusual melody, rototoms, swirling synthesiser and strong backing vocals. Between seventeen and twenty is a groovy experimental tune. I love the melody, first class. Other standouts for me are the rockin' disco number 'Bite your lip', the classical music ballad 'Tonight', the haunting jazz number 'Idol', two intriuging instrumentals that got about a mintue called 'Starter' and 'Theme from a non-existent T.V. series', a weird hillbilly meets jazz number 'Shoulder Holster' with unusual lyric. and 'Chameleon'. Then 'Crazy water', 'Sorry seems to be the hardest word', 'Cage the songbird' and 'Someone's final song' don't get me excited but are all strong songs. 'Shoorah' and 'One horse town' are quite interesting too. I don't like 'If there's a God in Heaven ...' for lyrical reasons. It also seems childish to me to blame God for everything. And the lyric is generic for it's time, if that matters.
Anyway it's not his best record but does benefit from some very non-commerical material and even though it's a double album there very little material I find less than decent.