I’m more of a pop Elton fan and I absolutely loved The Captain & The Kid so this album appeals to me less, but at the same time it is quite good. Artistically, it works very well.
I think When Love Is Dying is a total standout. a truly great song. I wish they would release it to radio but I thought the same about It’s Getting Dark In Here from Peachtree Road.
I Should Have Sent Roses is my second favorite and while I can’t say I really like Leon Russell’s voice–If It Wasn’t For Bad and Hearts Have Turned To Stone where he leads more are really quite good. And Gone To Shiloh, while not a likely commercial breakout, has an artistic feel to it that is quite connecting.
- Eight Hundred Dollar Shoes –kind of boring and even more so, too show tune sounding; seems off for the album.
- There’s No Tomorrow–the chorus screeches too much.
- You’re Never To Old (To Hold Somebody)–it is okay but kind of a boring version of many good Elton ballads and sounds too much like American Triangle for my taste.
- In The Hands of Angels— I know it made Elton weep but I’d cry because I would not want it on the album. Just not a very engaging song for me.
- I like Hey Ahab, but about two-thirds of the way through, it gets pretty repetitive.
- Monkey Suit could have had better hook. It is kind of Just Like Noah’s Ark with less hook and variety.
- Aside from that, it is an intriguing, inspiring, and artistic album.
- The Best Part of The Day
- Hey Ahab
- If It Wasn’t For Bad
- Jimmie Rodgers’ Dream
- A Dream Come True
- I Should Have Sent Roses
- Gone To Shiloh
- Hearts Have Turned To Stone
- Monkey Suit
- When Love Is Dying