A new listen proves "The Fox" is an overlooked gem in Sir Elton's library.
Elton John's first album for Geffen Records, it went largely unnoticed. It is, however, full of wonderful tunes. The first two tracks, "Breaking Down Barriers" and "Heart In the Right Place" are classic Elton and the title track could just as easily have been found on 2001's "Songs From the West Coast" as on this release.
The first single, "Nobody Wins," tells the story of lost love backed by swirling synthesizers and a haunting piano hook. The track took off on radio upon release in 1981 and raced up the lower half of the Hot 100 singles chart before stalling quickly at a disappointing number 21. "Chloe," is a wonderful ballad, and only managed to make it to number 34 on the chart.
Finally, no review of "The Fox" would be complete without a mention of the superb "Elton's Song." A heart-wrenching ballad of a school boy on boy crush. Sir Elton's vocals cut deep and the writing shows early indications of later songs done for movies and stage.
The next time a retrospective of Elton's music is released, the producers would do well to include a track or two from "The Fox." This is a wonderful album and I urge you to give it a listen.