Every song on this album is terrific. I seem to recall that critics at the time hailed this album as Elton's return to form after his uneven early and mid 80's and late 70's work. And truly it was. Although the earlier "Too Low For Zero" is a superior album, "Reg Strikes Back" was the true beginning of his renaissance: every album starting with "Reg" has been a standout (excluding "Duets": the exception that proves the rule). One of things that seems to make this album such a success is that Elton went upbeat. Only "A Word In Spanish," "Japanese Hands," and the supberb Brian Wilson homage "Since God Invented Girls" are ballads. The rest rock (or at least pop) nicely along. And all of it is consistent--no duds, no failed experiments: just solid John/Taupin compositions and crisp Chris Thomas production. But I can still only give it four stars. The reason is that for all its consistency, "Reg" lacks a classic song to put it over the top. If we look at other of Elton's albums from the 80's and 90's, we'll find true classics. On "Sleeping with the Past" there's "Sacrifice." On "Too Low for Zero" there's two classics: "I'm Still Standing" and "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues." On "Made in England" there's "Blessed." But no true Elton John classic on "Reg." The singles "I Don't Want to Go on With You Like That" (killer keyboard work by Reg on this one) and "A Word in Spanish" come close, but still miss the mark. Nonetheless, this is a great album, and it's as upbeat as anything ever recorded by Elton. The bonus tracks are all worth repeated listens. Highly recommended.