Quite a strong second release for Elton John. For American audiences this was his debut as most people did not hear Empty Sky for several years.
Anyone, Your Song is the signature tune on this CD and its a classic. Beautiful words mixed soothing music particularly the string arrangement. Border Song is another strong work that has gospel overtones while talking against prejudice. Thats always a good thing. Rock N Roll Madonna, The Cage and Take Me To The Pilot are strong rock n roll numbers.
The ballads are pretty good too. All of them have strong melodies. However, several of them are way too string heavy. And the tone on these tunes is quite depressing particularly Sixty Years On and I Need You To Turn To. Maybe I prefer more uplifting ballads or at least a variety of them.
Nonetheless, this is a solid release which rates between 3 1/2 and 4 stars.
1970's "Elton John" is a terrific album that announced the dawning of a new decade's biggest star in neon lights. Its first track, "Your Song," came out of absolutely nowhere that December to become Elton John's first Top Ten hit on the U.S. Billboard charts, peaking at #8, and even today it fills the speakers of a car stereo or a living room with the assurance of an old friend.How nice it is to hear that meandering yet spot-on piano tinkering, alongside an atypically humble and unpretentious lyric … more