Quite a strong second release for Elton John. For American audiences this was his debut as most people did not hear Empty Sky for several years.
Anyone, Your Song is the signature tune on this CD and its a classic. Beautiful words mixed soothing music particularly the string arrangement. Border Song is another strong work that has gospel overtones while talking against prejudice. Thats always a good thing. Rock N Roll Madonna, The Cage and Take Me To The Pilot are strong rock n roll numbers.
The ballads are pretty good too. All of them have strong melodies. However, several of them are way too string heavy. And the tone on these tunes is quite depressing particularly Sixty Years On and I Need You To Turn To. Maybe I prefer more uplifting ballads or at least a variety of them.
Nonetheless, this is a solid release which rates between 3 1/2 and 4 stars.