- Audio CD (May 15 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Original recording remastered, Import
- Label: Island - Universal Special Imports
- ASIN: B0000089F2
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
|1. Simple Life|
|2. The One|
|3. Sweat It Out|
|4. Runaway Train|
|5. Whitewash County|
|6. The North|
|7. When A Woman Doesn't Want You|
|9. On Dark Street|
|10. Understanding Women|
|11. The Last Song|
|12. Suit Of Wolves|
|13. Fat Boy And Ugly Girls|
The first song on the album, Simple Life, examines the trials and desires of getting things back in order (including personal, professional and spiritual). Did lyricist Bernie Taupin - who writes all of the words here - deliberately write this on purpose? In a way, the lyric reminds me of the storytelling he used for 1975's autobiographical Captain Fantastic release. Because he sings this song with a lot of conviction and he not just a mouth piece for Taupin this time - these lyrics are something he can relate to and more importantly, experienced. That aside, the plodding music never takes the song anywhere and once again, producer Chris Thomas never lifts the song up. The verses and chorus blend into one another without any trace of chord structure changes or rhythmic patterns to intervene.
The title track, The One, about finding personal and spiritual happiness with that special someone, ranks up there with Elton's best ballads. Lyrically, musically and vocally, this one was destined to be a smash hit from the beginning. Other key songs include the haunting "The North", about Taupin's roots, in which Elton sings: "The North was my mother, but I no longer need her, you trade your roots in the dust, for a face in the river.Read more ›
"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!