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Madman Across The Water

Elton John

1971

Madman Across The Water

Album Summary

Madman Across the Water is the fourth studio album by English musician Elton John, released in 1971 through DJM and Uni Records. The album was his third album to be released in 1971, at which point John had been rising to prominence as a popular music artist. The album contains nine tracks, each composed and performed by John and with lyrics written by songwriting partner Bernie Taupin. Yes band keyboardist Rick Wakeman plays Hammond organ on 3 songs. There were two singles released from Madman Across the Water, "Levon" and "Tiny Dancer". The album was certified gold in February 1972, followed by platinum in March 1993, and 2× platinum in August 1998 by the RIAA. The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. On 10 June 2022, the album was reissued as a deluxe edition for its 50th anniversary, featuring 18 unreleased tracks including demos, outtakes and alternate takes, as well as a 40-page book detailing the album's creation with notes from John and Taupin.

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3.58

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5461

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
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Sat Mar 27 2021
4

“Madman across the Water” by Elton John (1971) Long familiarity with this album, which I owned on cassette tape and listened to endlessly on a mono portable deck. Bernie Taupin wrote the excellent lyrics, Elton John composed brilliant melodies and performed the songs with passion, while producer, arrangers, studio musicians, choir, orchestra, and engineers put together one fine collaborative audio production. This one of the earliest albums where the mixing board becomes a musical instrument on its own (the producer, Gus Dudgeon, knew exactly when to ‘tell’ the piano to sit back and let the backing musicians take over). If it weren’t for a couple of clunkers (“Razor Face” and “Rotten Peaches”), this album could’ve been a classic. Elton John has characterized himself as a pianist: “I’m a pounder.” He’s right. He never developed his left hand, and his right hand is chord-heavy. But his piano/vocal composition, dynamic synchronization, and blend are magical. His vocal melodies are enthralling. As an experiment, try to listen to just the melody, while filtering out the vocal trills, runs, and stylings. Then also filter out the chords and background musicians, and you should touch greatness. Sequences of cascading and unanticipated intervals, always leading home to the anxiously expected tonic, frequently supplied only by the instrumentals. The melodies of “Tiny Dancer”and “Levon” will live forever. In terms of psychological horror, the title track “Madman across the Water” is profoundly angry, and fittingly under appreciated. Taupin shines (“Is it in your conscience that you’re after another glimpse of the madman across the water?”), while Sir Elton’s melody and vocal performance scares the hell out of you. And the social justice sensitivity of the sad and angry ballad “Indian Sunset” moves to tears (even if it’s tainted by a historically uninformed and anachronistic confusion of the plights of Iroquois, Sioux, and Apache cultures). I can’t listen to the line “Peace comes with a bullet hole” without a tissue. Fine album. 4/5

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Sat Feb 06 2021
2

Dammit Elton John, why don't I like you? Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of glam, even gaudy, music. But for some reason I'm just not connecting. Maybe it's your ballad structure, piano forwardness, love of california? Maybe you're too bombastic? Maybe your music feels both too sincere and not sincere enough? Maybe it's the thinness of your drum in the mix or that so many sound like You. Maybe your songs go on far too long, loitering far past their welcome? I don't know. Maybe one day I will. But not today.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
2

Enjoyed the classic that is Tiny Dancer, rest was meh

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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

Man this guy can sing! Loved it, and found some songs to be way more gospel-like than I expected but I dig it

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Tue Mar 08 2022
2

A bunch of random stories, album wasn't cohesive. A lot of songs sounded the same. Ghetto Gospel sampled Indian Summer Favorite songs - Tiny Dancer, Levon

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

I think this may be my favorite Elton John album. Perhaps because it contains "Levon," the first track of his to ever really capture my imagination. His creative collaboration with Bernie Taupin is incredible. Elton John is certainly a very talented musician and performer but honestly I think it is the poetic imagery and mysterious fractured glimpses of implied storytelling in Taupin's lyrics that really draws me in. "Rotten Peaches" is my second favorite track on the album.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

With most songs clocking in around five minutes, the record feels like a major work, and in many ways it is. Madman Across the Water begins to fall apart toward the end, but the record remains an ambitious and rewarding work, and John never attained its darkly introspective atmosphere again.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Another brilliant one in my eyes. It's no Yellow Brick Road but what a way to start the album with Tiny Dancer. I also didn't realise that Indian Sunset was the 'those who wish, to follow me' song. A fantastic tune that gives me the rising ballad feeling that I so adore. Long may the hairs stand tall on the back of my neck. I was pleasantly surprised when Levon came on after the classic opener. Straight into another ballad type song but I suppose that is the bread and butter of Elton John if we're honest. Just to confirm: I really enjoyed Levon. Only listened to this all the way through once but I will almost certainly be listening again. I enjoyed the feel of the entire album, very ballad-heavy which is right up my street; however, I was hoping for a 'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting' type tune to burst out of nowhere. Despite that, really good stuff.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

I enjoyed the theatricality so much more than I thought I would. A classic with a lot of sincerity, but Indian Sunset certainly does not stand up.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

A fine album from Elton that contained elements of what would carry him to his imperial phase later on in the decade. The first four songs load the album with consistent hooks and catchy melodies, the middle portion is a little forgettable and the last two songs end the album out with great ease. One of the few worthwhile introductions to Elton around this time if you want to get ahold of what he was about. Favorites: Tiny Dancer, Levon, Razorblade, Madman Across the Water, All the Nasties.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

"Tiny Dancer" might have one of the greatest build ups of all time. Over 2:30 to get to the chorus! Unreal restraint and talent on display here. And then Elton outdoes himself and goes straight into "Levon". The record loses a little steam with "Razor Face" but bounces back with the title track, which is heavier and more atmospheric than I expected. This album almost gets a five from me for its first two tracks alone. It feels like a classic, near-masterpiece to me. "Indian Sunset" is compellingly cinematic if you can ignore the stereotypical representation of an Indigenous warrior written by a white British dude with very little in the way of meaningful perspective or insight. It's not particularly problematic, but it hasn't aged well. I can't quite bring myself to give the record a five, but it's a worthy inclusion and I really enjoy how dark and introspective Elton gets here. Especially "Goodbye". Chills. Rating: 4.5/5 Favourite tracks: Tiny Dancer, Levon, Madman Across the Water, Holiday Inn, Goodbye

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Thu Sep 30 2021
2

Just not my thing. I find Elton John quite annoying when it’s not a song I know well. Gave up halfway through.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Banger. Tiny Dancer and Indian Sunset are awesome! Really nice album.

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Yeah he is good. Tiny Dancer is just a great song

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Very good.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
5

Incredible stuff

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Classic!

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Sat Feb 06 2021
5

This album has symbolic meaning for me and I think it’s good music too

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

On se kova! Sir Elton piti otteessaan koko levyn ajan. Levyn lopussa jo vähän hiljenneltiin, mutta niinhän se kuuluukin kunnon rallin päätteeksi. Olisi ollut huikeaa nähdä ukko joskus livenä nuoruutensa päivinä, kun meno on ollut päällä.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
5

Didn't realise Elton John was so rock n roll (and so his appearance on Fall Out Boy's "Save Rock and Roll" feels apt). Looked it up, not only did he change his actual name but he changed his actual middle name to Hercules - what a mad lad. Every song is really good, plenty of good choices, good songwriting, incredible vocals. Won't go into further detail coz it's all great. Only criticism is that the verses can drag slightly, compared to choruses, outros etc.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
5

Épico

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

Another classic

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Sun Apr 11 2021
5

Ok

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Among Elton's best work. Indian Sunset is a sprawling, underrated masterpiece. Pretty much perfect!

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

Terrific and resplendent. God love Sir Elton John. There’s a reason they made this man a knight, because his music champions the people to a different state of mind and brings them home safe again.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

70s pop Rock at its best!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Elton is solid, liked it very much. Great Songwriting, Musical Vibes but still very pop.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Me encanta este álbum, solo conocía tiny dancer e Indian sunset pero me han enamorado casi todas las canciones, no hay casi nadie q se compare con el gran Elton John.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
5

listen today, was pretty good. Sort of mellow

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Favorite track: Madman Across the Water. But this whole album is good. Not a huge Erin John fan, but respect is owed.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

Album classique tout simplement

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

GREAT ALBUM CHOICE, I listened to this just recently. Elton and Bernie developing their more epic and experimental sound that would come to fruition on Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Good times.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
5

This has Tiny Dancer and Levon on it, two heavy hitters that I absolutely love. Yeah, five dang stars easily.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

This was my first time listening to an Elton John album in full and my man knows how to make good music

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

very top heavy but the top is so heavy, the rest can't weigh it down Tiny Dancer - Banger vor dem Herren

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Classic

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Levon sells cartoon balloons in town

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Saved

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Beautifully cinematic, what a story teller. The man absolutely cains the ivory.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Legal demais! Não conhecia o álbum e me encantei com as canções. Boas baladas, tom crítico em algumas canções e uma pegada bem característica do John. Quero ouvir outros.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
5

Two total classics and some really enjoyable other songs. 9/10

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Great pop album that is focusing on its strengths and not trying to be something it shouldn't be. Great variety of songs, all at a very high quality level, they all belong there

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Elton at his best. Piano pop rock with his amazing voice. The songs have great lyrics, each song is composed so well, layered with nice harmonies from choirs, orchestration, and nothing out of his caliber. This is top quality pop.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Excellent. Elton John is a true original and this is one of his best albums.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Classic Elton John album, sounds as good as ever: a clear 5* album of course (and not even his best seventies album!)

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Incredible opening to an album. This is the kind of piano playing that catches my attention more than the previous album in my list. Hard to find anything to complain about

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Elton you're my dad

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

I've always liked Elton John and I still like Elton John - a strong album. Tiny Dancer is one of his very best songs.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

Excellent. Love his voice and piano work

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

tinyyy danceeeeeeeeee

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Great Elton album, start to finish. His best tracks are found elsewhere, but there are no bad tracks on this gem.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

sensacional

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

Elton John's second best album behind 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,' with many amazing classics like 'Tiny Dancer' and 'Levon.' The lyrics are sometimes weird, but more often are they whimsical and carry you away to some strange place you didn't know you wanted to be in. I could listen to this album many times over before getting tired of it.

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Sun Jun 26 2022
5

Beautiful

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Very pleasant to listen to album with gorgeous piano playing, also a very solid album. Favorite song: Holiday Inn

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Elton John is amazing!

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Another first. Another win

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Cool

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

One of my favorite Elton John albums. Really displays his true and best sound.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Love

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Tue Sep 13 2022
5

Elton John überzeugt mich immer mehr! Erstklassiger Musiker!

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

great album; many great songs.....Holiday Inn is great

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

AmaZing !!

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Great

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

Solid album. Good that it's short, as there is not honestly a lot of musical variety

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Tue Dec 08 2020
4

7.5/10

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Tue Jan 12 2021
4

Contains two of Elton's best songs. Not sure the "Indian Sunset" message holds up, but everything on here is still super solid. Favorite tracks: "Tiny Dancer", "Levon"

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Thu Oct 29 2020
4

Some classic Elton, no complaints

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Wed Nov 11 2020
4

Great. Love the piano work. Some songs run together. Tiny dancer is definitely the hit

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

I wasn't sure if I was going to be into this album, since I'm often hot and cold with Elton John, but this album starts off strong with Tiny Dancer and keeps going from there. 4/5

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

I've heard it before

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

It takes me a while to get in to EJ songs. I should listen more.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

nice sounds, but kind of boring

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Good album, unfamiliar with his wider discography but enjoyed this album.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

Tiny dancer is a classic; the rest is fairly folky for Elton but still enjoyable.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Contains arguably the most iconic song by Sir Elton John. But to be honest the rest of the album couldn't keep my attention.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

It's a classic

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

I will definetly look into him more.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

very good

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

A pleasant album. Nothing stood out because it was all so good.

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Sat Feb 27 2021
4

fantastic album! I've listened to this before, and it was a joy to listen to again.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Bra album! Bästa låtarna ”Madman across the water”, ”Tiny Dancer”, ”Levon”.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Well, you either love him or hate him. I do love a bit of Elton, particularly since I saw him live a few years ago. Undeniable genius song writer, regardless of what you think of him

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

A definite classic

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Unlike yesterday with Aladdin Sane, there were quite a few tracks on this album that I had never heard before. What an incredibly sad album! I read this entire project as a rumination on finding beauty and dignity within tragedy. I enjoy the instrumentation throughout, and can't help but feel like E.L.O. attempted to steal a lot of this sound. Tiny Dancer - The biggest 'hit' from the album, and the one I had heard the most before. Still catchy and fun to sing along with. Maybe the worst song on the album? This song is about unrequited love and holding a torch for someone long gone. SAD SONG. Levon - I had heard this one before too. I like the string riff throughout. A song about a man whose parents thought he was destined for greatness, but then he becomes a miserly balloon seller and his son hates him. A SAD SONG. Razor Face - A song about losing your former greatness. We assume that at one point Razor Face was a tough customer, but now he needs someone to help him walk. A SAD SONG. Madman Across the Water - A song about insanity. A SAD SONG. Indian Sunset - My favorite track on the album. A bit problematic today, as it uses reductive imagery of Native Americans as seen by a white british man. But also it's a sympathetic view of the American genocide of the Native American. A SAD SONG. Holiday Inn - I'm a sucker for mandolin anywhere. Second favorite track. A track about the malaise and boredom of being an under-appreciated backup musician on the road. A SAD SONG. Rotten Peaches - A song about the prison industrial complex and losing optimism. A SAD SONG. All the Nasties - A rather prescient song about people who nitpick and criticize. The critics are calloused without actually knowing anything about the person they judge. I love the choir. A SAD SONG. Goodbye - A song about feeling worthless, and giving all your energy to others. A SAD SONG. I really enjoyed this, but if I have staked Aladdin Sane as a 5 star album, then this by rights cannot be higher than 4. I may give it a 3 just to give myself room for future albums.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Almost Famous made Tiny Dancer widely known, but Levon has always been one of my favorite Elton John songs right after Rocket Man. But my all time favorite, Can You Feel The Love Tonight? Elton in his prime...

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Excelente voz, acordes y melodías. Buen disco

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

No soy muy fan de Elton, pero he de reconocer quee ha gustado el disco.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

ret mange smukke sange, meget tematisk flot imponerende tekster

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

cool sounds

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Couple songs that never get old followed by some unremarkable feel good early 70's ballads. The albums production is worth mentioning. Elton's studio albums always sounds so different from his live recordings. Its my understanding Elton usually let the other band members take over during that phase of recording. Most of the time I do enjoy the production and backing, especially on the title track and "Rotten Peaches", where it adds a lot. However on songs like "All the Nasties" and "Indian Sunset" it adds drama to an already melodramatic song. In a song like "Goodbye" it's just right which is a great closing balad.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Elton es un grande. Esto es así.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Really lovely listening to Elton John walking around in the rain. Never realised how much of a diva he was until I watched rocket man on Netflix.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Jumps from the sublime to the absurd, but even Bernie Taupin's well meaning (but essentially racist) lyrics about native Americans can't stop this album being fantastic. Best tracks: Tiny Dancer, Levon, All The Nasties

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Tue Feb 16 2021
4

love this. levon is a banger. tiny dancer is tiny dancer. i'd never heard indian sunset in its original form before and i think it's great.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Enjoyed listening to this album 👍. Can't believe Tiny Dancer is 50 years old!

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Really good music. I am not such a big fan od Elton John, but afer this I am gonna give him a chance. My favorite song from him Tiny dancer is here and that's also a big plus.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Elton John's voice is sometimes too big and overpowers some of his songs which makes him quite exhausting to listen to (Tiny Dancer is a good example of this here) but there is no doubting his talent and this album is on the whole brilliant. Probably my favourite 'new' album that I've heard since the start of this project. Can't believe I've never heard 'Levon' before, it's a pure classic. 'Indian Sunset' also boasts enough native American cultural appropriation to make even Texas State blush.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Solid. Better than I thought

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Selling Americana to the Americans is never easy. This does it superbly.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Superb. A really enjoyable listen with some really memorable tracks. Definitely one to revisit.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

I’m surprised I hadn’t listened to this before. I enjoy it! Idk, it feels like it’s hard to hate Elton John?

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

This is the Elton John that I like. The music is great and generally robust and the storytelling is wonderful, albeit mostly sad. But the emotion is conveyed well. Several songs that were new to me received a second listen.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Like a chilled out Freddie Mercury. Love

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Very grand instrumentation. Nice pounding piano chords. That big ending part on Indian Sunset is crazy.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

Tiny Dancer a certified banger, great songwriting.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

I was quite familiar with this album. It has a very American barroom feel. The standouts were Tiny Dancer, Levon, and the title track. Some of the songs drag a bit

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Bangers. All bangers

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Love tiny dancer and Levon, the rest grew in me after a 2nd listen

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

A rather theatrical album. Some good songs. I love his voice! (7/10) Favourite Songs: Tiny Dancer, Levon, Indian Sunset

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

some great tunes

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Only song i was familiar with before listening with Tiny Dancer, so that was a good start (Also not having Tony Danza in a single scene in Rocket Man was a missed opportunity) To me this is a prime era of Elton John Madman across the Water is another stand out track, almost verging into proggy territory. Rotten Peaches was the only real meh track to me, rest of the album was pretty solid

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Rating: 8/10 Best songs: Tiny dancer, Levon, Razor face

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Heerlijk album. Gewoon. Heerlijk.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

This was really good.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

this was a solid Elton offering

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Tue Aug 17 2021
4

Though it fades a little bit on the back half, Tiny Dancer and Madman are exceptional, with several other solid pieces, including Holiday Inn and Levon. The music doesn't sound dated, and Elton John's voice is certainly amazing in this era.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

Songs I liked: "Levon," "Madman Across The Water," "Indian Sunset," and "Rotten Peaches"

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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

Discovered some new good songs from Elton

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Great songwriting. Some brilliant tracks

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

Love Elton John. Great early album. 4/5

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Kinda hard to compete with those first two bangers right out of the gate. I love this period Elton John. Won’t say the whole album is a masterpiece, but it’s all very, very listenable. Did it have to end on such a sad note though? Sheesh. Thanks a lot, Debbie Downer.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Let's just hold this ine close.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

Indian Sunset is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect album, but boy, what a blemish it is. Best track: Levon

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

Qué buen disco. Lo disfruté bastante y pues realmente jamás había escuchado completo nada de Elton John. Muy talentoso el cñor. 8.5/10

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

if you can overlook the 7 minutes of whitesplaining the native american plight, what you've got here is elton's first genuine banger of an album. nowhere near the heights he'd reach in the next few years but a great album in its own right.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
4

Start very strong with tiny dancer. Not as many bangers later on but still a good time.

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Thu Oct 21 2021
4

Great album by Elton. Tiny dancer is a classic. Levon is one of my favorite song by him. Indian summer is great songwriting. The album is quick and has a somber tone throughout. Starts great and ends decently. 8.5/10

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Sat Oct 23 2021
4

Just about a 4

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

// Favs: – Score: Light to Decent 4

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Rather beautiful, earnest and naive.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
4

Best Suprise until now!

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

Decent

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Good melodies. I enjoy the band and what they are doing more than what Elton does. Very good album.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Buy this one!

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Некоторые песни норм но блин не люблю я Элтона Джона

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Great stand-out moments. Not as consistently enjoyable as Tumbleweed Connection, but the singles stand strong. A solid part of the collection during Elton John's brilliant string of early 70's albums.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

twas good

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Side 1 of Madman Across the Water is among the greatest sides of music of the singer-songwriter era, or any era for that matter. Tiny Dancer, Levon, Razor Face and the title track make for an incredible 20 minutes of listening and helped define the mid-70s period for me. Side 2 can't help but be a let down in comparison. Nothing terrible on side 2 but nothing very memorable either. Keeps it from being a 5 star album, but shit it's close. 4.5 stars

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

avis positif : 7/10 piano & voix grandioses une BO pour une romcom américaine

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Elton John is a legend

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Starts off strong with some classic Elton hits and thins out to be some of his weaker stuff.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

A great album that has some great orchestral beats and infectious piano parts!!! 7/10

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

several classics

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

Know it well. Great Elton John album. 4/5

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Elton John is epiiic

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Niet helemaal mijn ding maar goed gemaakt en veel gevangenis nummers

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

4/5. I recognize the talent and importance but not really my thing

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Classic

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Wed Dec 08 2021
4

Elton John has made himself an evergreen prince of pop but it's still good to revisit his early years, when he was just on the verge of his imperial phase. This album is full of the iconic John/Taupin piano pop, including the now legendary "Tiny Dancer". A lot of the songs feel like storytelling, whether it's Elton recounting a historic battle or the ups and downs of a heterosexual relationship. It's even better knowing that this was merely the tip of the talent iceberg.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Solid, slight point loss for the degree that the time is past for the "as a white guy, here's my perspective as a Native American" genre.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Deze Elton vind ik lekker om naar te luisteren.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

Tiny Dancer & title track are classics. Album cuts ok, but this is where Elton's voice starts to get a bit schmaltzy to these ears.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Tiny Dancer plus seven other songs that follow a similar pattern: delicate piano builds to big orchestral sections, then drops back down, and repeat. It may lack variety but it's a winning formula; and when the melodies are this good it's very difficult not to like. 4/5.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

A couple of big hits. The other songs are good enough to carry it. The is probably a little less than a 4 but more than a 3.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

Tony Danza

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Frábær plata

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Pretty good all around, sorry no detailed review. Just listen, you'll like it.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Awesome album with Tiny Dancer and Levon on it. Madman across the Water was really good also. Got a bit weaker near the end of the album.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Enjoyeable dancey.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Really enjoy this

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

tiny dancer, levon, madman across the water is a cool song. Indian Sunset is also cool. Great album.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Really Jolly Good

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

"Tiny Dancer" is such a sad song. So many Elton John songs are sad. I don't know what the song is about because I've never paid attention to the lyrics, really. In spite of that, I feel melancholy every time I hear it. It's a perfect song. Not every song on this record is THAT good. And, much like acoustic guitar-based music, it doesn't hold my interest through the whole run time. I think Sir Elton was the first "emo" singer. I'm cool with that. This record is great.

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Loved it. My favorite: Tiny Dancer.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Maybe not amongst the best Elton John albums…but still a collection of solid pop songs here, performed by brilliant talenter musicians

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

7/10. Yeah, can't say there's much to this album besides Tiny Dancer. The singing feels really overdone, and clashes with lyrics that are typically a lot more sober. There wasn't anything that I thought was really bad, but a little disappointing.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
4

8/10

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Two iconic songs, the rest are good but fall off a bit.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Madman, Tumbleweed Connection and Honky Chateau are my favourite era of Elton and Tupin. This album feels a little chaotic, but also sentimental. It feels like it is almost gonna fall apart near the end, but it never does. Beautiful ballads throughout, even if Indian Sunset's storytelling is tainted by the songwriting duo's stereotyping of Indigenous Americans stories. If it wasn't for a couple mediocre tracks like Razor Face and Rotten Peaches, I would rate this album a little higher. 3.5/5 Fav Tracks: Goodbye, Levon, Tiny Dancer, Madman Across the Water

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Jumping from Tumbleweed Connection to Madman Across the Water has Elton and Bernie continuing to create an amazing consistency in output that continues on through Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Tiny Dancer and Levon are highlights, I particularly like the transition between the two songs which brings them together beautifully. The piano intro to Levon is stunning. It would be near impossible for the rest of the album to continue at the heights reached by these two songs resulting in a bit of a let down on some of the middle songs (it would be interesting to sequence this album differently and see how it feels). The song lengths, tied in with the excellent string work, makes the album feel less like a collection of songs and more like a cinematic work. I love the mandolin work on Holiday Inn and Goodbye is as great closer. Elton's muscular piano work and the production make this a great album! 4 out 5.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Starting with Tiny Dancer was baller. Piano focused of course and feels less theatrical than Bennie and rocketman. Levon is my new fave Elton jam. Beautifully written!

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Wish I had listened to this sooner.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I really dig it. Can’t wait to see him in Sept

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

4/5. Great songs! I like it a lot.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Ok

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

If this is considered pop rock in the 60’s-70’s, then honestly I’d take it over the pop we have today. I adore this sound so far. Kinda has a melancholic tinge.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Classic early Elton, country piano pop, feeling at home in Georgia, relaxing on tour with characters and stories.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Pretty good all around, sorry no detailed review. Just listen, you'll like it.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

Pretty nice album. Great songwriting from Elton on this one and the vocals are also really forward and passionate. 7/10

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Excellent E.J. album. 4/5

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

Outstanding.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

Supprising good, epic finish

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Sun Feb 27 2022
4

Some energy in Elton's voice and playing back in the early '70s. Sprawling arrangements, great soaring melodies and decent songs well played. Good album.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

An old favorite I picked up when it was new. Classic Elton.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Very good album. For all the airplay on Side One cuts, Side Two is also very good. had not listened to this in a long time.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
4

Bom... , Elton é Elton Disco muito bom , mas não acho o melhor do Elton

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Personal top 5 Elton John albums, not every song is a chart topping earworm, but they are all memorable and make up a very strong body of work. 4.5/5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Never had much time for Elton John but this was great

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

I was interested to hear some of Elton John's earlier stuff, rather than the later ubiquitous stuff that was crammed into the ear of my generation. "Tiny Dancer" was the only track I'd heard before. It was pretty fun pop rock, sure! Can see how he got to where he did. "Indian Sunset" sounds a bit questionable, mind. Fave track - "Levon", maybe, or "Rotten Peaches"...

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Sir Elton was really a madman for this one. Lotta tracks start off innocent enough and then just explode into a bombastic pop-rock/orchestral symphony

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

4.5

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Tue Mar 15 2022
4

Enjoyed this. A great voice and some very decent songs to match. Even snuck a 2Pac cover in there. By most accounts it's not his greatest album, which bodes well for some of the others. 3.5

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Elton John is treated like royalty in the UK. Thus album shows why it's deserved.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Too nice

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Surpreendeu com a pegada de rock.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Good album, enjoyed Elton’s singing and his piano playing

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

Començament de l'etapa gloriosa d'Elton John, que durant 4 ó 5 anys no donaria ni un sols pas en fals. Sense singles destacats ni cançons que hagin passat a la història (com a mínim fins que 'Almost Famous' va glorificar 'Tiny Dancer'), tot el disc en sí és un exercici de pop rock brillant i consistent, sense daltabaixos. Un dels discos que ofereix motius per reivindicar l'artista

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