The album opener is a basic light pop-rocker, 'Dear John', with simply dreadful lyrics by Gary Osborne. The piano solo (and the piano playing in general) is the only thing worth hearing in this piece, but to its shame the piano is quite buried under the dull arrangement. 'Spiteful Child' by Taupin, follows the same line of lightly-arranged pop rock. I have no reason to question the musicianship of Elton John or the musicians involved, but no amount of skill will make this one interesting. Next up the slightly up tempo popper, 'Ball And Chain', with again....the simplistic un-imaginative rhymings of Osborne in effect. "Hey mom! I'm gonna be a lyricist!" - said the 4th grader.... yawn.
And even more on the case of lyrics that make you go 'hmmm', well atleast the Tim Rice penned 'Legal Boys' does have a very interesting arrangement unlike the previous cuts on this album, quite enjoyable despite the lyrics. Time for some slight synth driven straight-forward rock with 'I Am Your Robot', very simple lyrics from Taupin, but a good amount of pop edge to it. 'Blue Eyes', perhaps my favorite Osborne penned tune, not the greatest lyrics but Elton's delivery is perfect for this cheesy lightly instrumented "cheeser pleaser". Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny) the Taupin penned John Lennon tribute is a nice emotional piece in its own right. Allergic to tribute songs ? don't worry, this one's actually good. Perhaps the lyrics do not 'open' to the casual listener immediately, but sparing you from my interpretation, this is a good one. Back to the simple un-imaginative Osborne cheesers, with the ballad 'Princess', Elton's vocal performance is rather good, but this song simply isn't. 'Where Have All The Good Times Gone', brings back some slight orchestral strings to the mix after being spared from the overused idea for most of this album. With rather miserably poor lyrics from Taupin, this song swims in the same sea of indifference and muzak as most of this album. 'All Quiet On The Western Front' is a real snoozer, again from Taupin. Elton's vocals and the simply tiresome sluggish arrangement of this piece do not make it any more enjoyable. And before I notice, the album is over. Where have all the good songs gone ?
So what is 'Jump Up'....to me below average pop with mainly rather poor lyrics and again, those few brinks of some proper food, this time with the ....well, cheesy pop hit 'Blue Eyes' and the Lennon tribute 'Empty Garden' but besides these, there's nothing I'd really want to listen to too much on this album. A fan should buy it to decorate the house..erhm...seriously.