|2. Made In England|
Of all of Elton John's albums, I feel this one is the most emotional. There is raw honesty underlying all of it and it's definitely worth it.
The album starts off with a couple of songs that are really pretty heavy on those AC production values (cheesy strings, overorchestration, etc.) and that can really put you off. Believe is not a bad song in many ways, but it was hard for me to get past the bombastic production of it at first. Then comes Made in England, which I love for the boyishly enthusiastic singing Elton does on it (his most spirited uptempo number since I'm Still Standing!) and the nice autobiographical touches in Bernie's lyrics. But production-wise it sounds a bit like a bad Billy Joel song, a la "We Didn't Start the Fire". Next is House, which has nice, evocative lyrics, and sweet Elton singing, but, again, schmaltzy, sweeping strings, etc.
But the second half of the album is not like that!!Read more ›
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