IMO, Return to Paradise is probably the best song here, it is really pretty witha trumpet, marimba and an islander flavour that is quite tasteful and pretty. Shine on through is a mature ballad and this is rapidly becomming a fave album of mine. I don't care is great Disco meets gospel song, Big dippa is novelty slow jazz, It ain't gonna be easy is great slow blues, great guitar solo's. Part-time love is the single and is a great disco flavoured gospel song. Georgia is a great anthem. With repeated listens, I've come to love 'Madness' as well, it's an aamzing disco song with a very interesting lyric. Shooting star is quite pretty. It's not as good as "Idol" but it's close. Actually I really liek Gary Osborne's lyrics. His lyrics fit the atmosphere of the songs. I thought the best album's fro lyrics were the ones where we had Gary and Bernie writing about half of the lyrics each. He is very different writer from Bernie Taupin, noticably much more cheerful. You really got a range of moods on '21 at 33', 'The fox' and 'Jump Up'. Now back to this album, 'Reverie' is very pretty and musical. It can't stand on it's own but works well as an intro into 'Song for Guy', a lovely tribute to a deceased messenger boy. It's very heartfelt, Elton even writing a lyric. The album has variety, uniqueness and is very musical. I'll give it five stars.
By the way I have heard 'Strangers' and it is a bit like 'Never gonna fall in love again' from '21 at 33'.