Elton was musically and personally reaching for the top as the 80's came to an end. He had no problems at the charts with songs like "I Don't Wanna Go On With You Like That", (No.2), but he was burnt out and his health was not good. This song, and songs like "Nikita" were good songs, but he would soon prove that he could offer better. In 1989, with the release of "Sleeping With the Past", his music reached another level. It was a new beggining for Elton. The year later, he was free of his alchohol addictions, drug use AND his bulimic problems. Bernie Taupin found it very easy to work with him again. For me, "The One" is the very symbol of Elton's strong character and his his vicory. The bad times are over. One of my favorite things about the album is his voice. He sounds happy, he sounds renewed and I think he even sounds healthy. "The One", "Runaway Train", "When A Woman Doesn't Want You" and "Emily" shows the strength of Elton's voice. I love it! He is still standing, and he's standing tall! I'm a great Elton collector and this is one of my favorite albums.
"Simple Life" and "The One" opens the album. The latter is a ballad, but it has got a lot of power, something that not all of Elton's ballad has. It builds up and gets more and more powerful over its 5 minute long run. "Sweat it Out" is a fun, 90's sounding song, ending with a great piano solo. "Runaway Train" is a duet with Eric Clapton. "The Last Song" is absolutely beautiful with moving lyrics, about AIDS. "The North" and "When A Woman Doesn't Want You" are typical Elton sounding ballads.
"The One" is the best song on the album, a song about what is needed in life and what is not. 5 stars to Elton!