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Songs From The West Coast

Elton John Audio CD
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The appearance of "Rocket Man"-era cohorts Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnstone as backing vocalists touches Songs From the West Coast with one of the trademark sounds of Elton John's 1969-75 albums. His admiration of Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright (a guest here) inspires him to recall the often stripped down, lyric-driven sensibility of his early days. The tone of the words, which long-term collaborator Bernie Taupin feeds John, is rooted in a wearier version of the romanticism that fuelled oldies as diverse as "Your Song", "Love Lies Bleeding" and "Burn Down the Mission". Songs From the West Coast sidesteps bombast with only a few exceptions--"The Wasteland", with its invocation of Robert Johnson, just doesn't suit. The standout track is "I Want Love", a Lennon-esque rumination that's their most impressive writing, separately or together, in more than a decade. --Rickey Wright

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but lacks spirit June 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
Tuesday 30th April 2002 was the date, and the Sydney Entertainment Centre was the venue. The Stage lid with enthusiasm, and the light show blew the crowd away, Yes! It was another fantastic live performance from Elton John, perhaps him at his best, now being free from many of his personal problems, from years ago. I bought this album on the night of the concert, and expected the same level of energy, but was somewhat disappointed.
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".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, it's okay May 4 2004
Format:Audio CD
Seriously, this album is heading towards mediocre. I really like 'Mansfield' and 'Original sin'. Actually I really like half the songs, the others are 'Ballad of the boy in red shoes', which wouldn't be out of place on Madman across the water, and escpecially 'Look man no hands', 'love her like me' and 'Birds'. 'Birds' and 'Love her like me' are both slightly rockers and 'Look man no hands' does rock. But this is being raved as the best in twenty five years. How can it be. I don't think this album is as good as 'The Fox' or 'The One' or 'Breaking Hearts'. It doesn't rock, it doesn't have much variety. Not one single song is energetic, at least 'Big Picture' had 'Wicked dreams' and 'El Dorado' has the excellent '16th centruy man'. He started sounding flat sometime around Big Pciture and El Dorado was even worse so this is a step forward, but when the main theme is dull and depressing I have to wonder how good this album can be. I find lyrics like 'Dark Diamond' and 'Wasteland' very unenjoyable. Now if this album was recorded in 1974 who'd care?
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After the mid-1970s, Elton John's superstar days diminished in a litany of personal problems, addictions, and insecurities that effectively rendered his glory days over. His commercial successes still continued along virtually unabated, but after 1976's double album BLUE MOVES, the majority of Elton's albums were hit-and-miss affairs with some occasional glimmers of brilliance, but more than a few amounts of coasting. But at the start of the 1990s, Elton finally cleaned up his life and got back on the ball creatively for the most part. However, in the rush to re-establish his commercial dominance, the genius that had characterized his early works had been soft-pedaled. Then at the start of the new millennium, Elton & his lyricist Bernie Taupin (who Elton had worked with only sparingly throughout the '90s) were essentially reborn thanks to 2001's SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Elton John Great March 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
The multi-Grammy nominated "Songs From the West Coast" is Elton John's first studio album since 1997's "The Big Picture". This 2001 compilation brings him back to his music roots, ones that listeners haven't heard in years. He proves as always that he is one of the greatest artists in music history. Through more than thirty years in the spotlight, he still has the spark that captivates listeners. Every track proves why he continues to deserve being a highly respectable artist. He continues to evolve greatly as an artist. This album shows his more personal side. His lyrics are written and performed with every drop of heart and soul. Those words and themes are also felt by his piano playing. He expresses some issues that he had never expressed through music before, namely homophobia on the Matthew Shephard tribute "American Triangle". Some of them are also some of his most daring words in his career, especially "god hates [homophobic F-word] where we come from". His songs flow one by one smoothly for a more enjoyable experience. Some twists and turns also arise without losing its smooth theme. Through his upbeat songs and his ballads, he never loses his tone for a note. Such musical quality proves that he will continue releasing great music for many more years. Those looking for true and beautiful music should buy "Songs From the West Coast". This is sure to please many listeners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracked CD case - No big deal!
When my package arrived the CD case was cracked. I got nervous and excited as I opened my case... Thankfully there was no damage to the CD. All is well. Read more
Published on Dec 8 2011 by MoRo11
3.0 out of 5 stars American Triangle
I Want Love, This Train Don't Stop, and American Triangle. Three excellent songs. The rest is ok, and there are a few duds. Read more
Published on June 11 2004 by Levi Stofer
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the great old
Elton JOhn is the ultimate pop singer.This work only reinforces such status.The tracks on this album seem to be taken from MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER and DON'T SHOOT ME.... Read more
Published on May 14 2004 by Antonio M Vazquezpausa
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Troubador" revisited
This is an album that I can listen to the whole thing and not get bored. Elton has so many songs just highlighted since the '70s (for not a big Elton junkie), that there isn't just... Read more
Published on March 29 2004 by Bethany
1.0 out of 5 stars Zzzzzzzz
As an aging hippie and as a Elton & Bernie fan, I was looking forward to this release. The other ratings were so enthusiastic! Read more
Published on March 27 2004 by geode2000
3.0 out of 5 stars it's okay
You get lines like 'The tears never came, they only stayed in our eyes' and the backings vocalists woefully singing 'ahh', it sought of makes me cringe. Read more
Published on Feb. 19 2004 by Tnahpellee
1.0 out of 5 stars Darth Vader shows his true colors, do not rebuke God.
Reg Dwight, is not Elton John, but Elton John is Darth Vader, he is very wise in the ways of the force, but you must resist him at every turn, he is the leader of the evil empire,... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2004 by Brian Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Elton's first songs of the new millenium
Elton John's first songs of the new millenium are on this album. He said in several interviews that this album would be his last. Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing start of a new decade
After "The One" I thought that it would be difficult to get to another level. Now, a lot of people trash this album and "Songs From the West Coast" argumenting... Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by Andreas Bendixen
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