This is another of my Top 10 Elton John albums, and one I can easily listen to more than once in a single sitting. It's definitely another example of Elton's best work.
As far as the tracks go, every one on this album is great. But as was the case on Elton's self-titled album, the hits (with the exception of "Daniel", probably one of his best ballads) are not the standouts; the lesser-known songs are. The really notable tracks are "Elderberry Wine" (a great pop-rock song with very good piano by Elton), "Blues For Baby & Me" (a lovely ballad that I'm amazed wasn't a hit), "Midnight Creeper" (a great, though slightly disturbing rocker), "Have Mercy On The Criminal" (another great rocker with a dramatic, emotional vocal by Elton), and "High Flying Bird" (a poetic, touching ballad with great vocals by Elton and his band).
The remaining tracks ("Teacher I Need You", "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol", "Crocodile Rock", and "Texas Love Song") are also good, but for different reasons. "Teacher I Need You" and "I'm Gonna Be A Teenage Idol" are both great "story songs". "Crocodile Rock" was, of course, the other hit from this album, and is a fun song to listen and sing to. "Texas Love Song" is another good "story song", and is an excellent (and successful) attempt at country on Elton's part.
Though not quite at the level of something like Tumbleweed Connection, his self-titled album, Honky Chateau, or Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (which was released right after this), this is still a very good album. It has some great stories, some very singable tracks, and quite a few unknown gems. Definitely a good addition to an Elton John collection.