Older Elton John fans would take a weaker opinion to this work, as the production, instrumentation and vocals work to different concepts to his early seventies material. Yes this album is big on production, but being a teenager of the early 80's, that's what I love.
Many critics have taken a hard chord to Elton's Geffen Years, (1979-1986). This for me was Elton at his Peak. Much of his seventies material had a degree of a somewhat dated production sound. Albums like "21 at 33", "The Fox", "Jump up", "Too low For Zero", "Breaking hearts" and "Ice on Fire" demonstrated John's talent at full potential. "Leather Jackets" is no exception.
The album's lead in track "Leather Jackets" jumps with lively upbeat tempos, follow by the smooth chilling sound of "hoop of fire". The uptown-rocking "don't trust that woman" continues the varying sound palette of this album. Other selections that make this recording a real star include "heartaches over the world", "Do it again", the beautifully crafted "Gypsy heart", "Slow rivers" performed with Cliff Richard, "Angeline", "Memory of love", and the emotionally wrenching "I fall apart". This disc was recorded close to John's throat surgery of 1987, but is not evident at all on this album. This would have to be one of Elton's all-time top three albums. "Don't trust that woman" was written by 60's songstress Cher, and other contributions came from long time partners Bernie Taupin, and Gary Osbourne.
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