Upon the release of Elton John’s fourth studio album in 1971, there were many mixed feelings from critics. Fans alike didn’t flock in all regions to make this album one of his instant hits either despite the fact this album contains the very popular “Tiny Dancer”. In the U.K. this was his lowest debuting album at number 41, and it wasn’t until 1972 that the album peaked at number eight on the Billboard charts. Rolling Stones’ gave it mixed reviews.
It’s really difficult I think to listen to this album and not be able to first mention that Elton John’s voice is one of the best. His vocals are something you don’t hear often. They are strong, with quite a range. Not only that, but the music has a good story vibe to them. Not only do you get a story with each song, but you also feel a story when you listen. The sound of the music is good, and the vocals match that. The only questionable thing for me is the lyrics. I’m not someone who can just like any song without first analyzing the lyrics, and those are something I might be thinking about a lot longer than today. I think the biggest shock for me overall was the slightly country, twanged, guitar that would make an appearance. It makes the style of the music unique.
Rating 4 of 5.