|1. The Emperor's New Clothes|
|2. Dark Diamond|
|3. Look Ma No Hands|
|4. American Triangle|
|5. Original Sin|
|7. I Want Love|
|8. The Wasteland|
|9. Ballad Of The Boy In The Red Shoes|
|10. Love Her Like Me|
|12. This Train Don't Stop There Anymore|
Many of the songs were coloured with the feeling of "done this many times before", and lack something I couldn't really put my finger on. Was it the arrangements or the production?... I don't know, but it just wasn't there. I wouldn't right it off as a bad album, as all of the tracks come across with a easy middle of the road mood, which I like. Besides "I want love", and "This train don't stop here anymore", the rest of the album lacks any real attention grabbing moments, which were present in the days of "Victim of love", "21 at 33", "The fox", "Jump up", "Too low for zero", "Breaking hearts", "Ice on fire", "Leather jackets", "Reg strikes back", and "Sleeping with the past".
While to claim it as one of Elton's all-time best would be a rush to judgement, it's still nonetheless astounding that with SONGS, Elton finally tried his hardest to create another masterpiece like his early '70s music, using the same intelligent songwriting that was reminiscent of TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION and CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, along with getting back behind his piano on a larger basis than before. The only thing that is different is that Elton's voice is now deeper than it was in the early days, owing perhaps to age or the long-lasting signs of his addictions. But it's a voice of experience nonetheless, and SONGS shows just how far Elton has come after 3 decades of celebrity.
The first single "I Want Love" was hailed as Elton's finest in almost 20 years, and this John Lennon-inspired ballad is certainly worthy of that honor.Read more ›