Is "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" a masterpiece of rock or just the finest album of glamorama ever recorded? The latter. You can have your gold bricks and rock too, but only if there's dirt beneath the gold--and there are only sprinklings of soil beneath the bricks on this record. "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" sustains its illusion so well that one might almost buy into it, but, like the album itself, anyone not looking specifically to lose themselves in a glittering fantasy will look into that illusion and see nothing but empty space. Which is alright, for the most part, since John's melodies are so pleasant and Taupin's lyrics so smooth-going. What scares me is when people buy into the illusion and forget that rock was and is meant for something deeper and more urgent. Only in the dazzling "Bennie and the Jets" did I sense enough truth to lose myself.
Elton John was rapidly ascending pop music's stratosphere in late 1973 when he broke his pattern of releasing one new disc of studio material every nine months and released a two-album set instead. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" crystallized a peak point in Elton's public recognition, and its front-loaded selection of savvy melodic concepts and soundscapes made him seem for a moment even bigger than he really was.Everything about this album, from the gaudy cover and liner note art to the 11-minute … more
Its hard to relate to those people who feel that there is alot of excess on this record. Seventeen tracks and hardly a stinker amongst the pack. Whereas Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding may be creepy to some, Elton has rarely been more creative on another piece of music than on this overture. Candle In The Wind has some beautiful touching lyrics. My fave, This Song Has No Title works for me as it offers goregous piano runs, soothing vocals, and lyrics that yearn for pleasant things. All in … more
Rarely mentioned as one of the great double albums,Goodbye Yellow Brick Roadhad to settle for ending up in a few million record collections. So sprawling that it doesn't quite measure up to the earlier, more laid-backHonky Chateauor the later, pushyRock of the Westies, this still holds claim to a lot of brilliant, very pop-savvy music: the winking rebellion of "Bennie and the Jets" and "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," the ready-made nostalgia of "The Ballad of Danny Bailey," the downbeat melodicism of "Harmony."--Rickey Wright