Pin It
Favorite

CD review-Elton John 

by Ted S. McGregor, Jr.


Elton John seems to be first among aging popsters who don't make you cringe. When the Stones gear up for yet another "final" tour, the jokes about walkers and hearing aids up on stage start to fly. Maybe they didn't listen to their own line, "It's better to burn out than fade away." John, however, whose own career took off in the early 1970s, has continued to make great music and keep his dignity. Sure, a lot of his allure is in his greatest hits, but with Songs from the West Coast, he shows that he's still adding greatest hits-worthy songs to an already impressive catalog.


The songwriting team of John (music) and Bernie Taupin (lyrics) is a marvel of artistic achievement. How could these two guys work together so seamlessly? And it's too bad that Taupin doesn't get his name above the title, too, as the lyrics throughout this CD are among his best ever. Any discussion of lyrics on this CD has to start with "American Triangle," which starts out as almost a pastoral and then takes a very dark turn: "Looks like a painting, that blue skyline / God hates fags where we come from." It's a song, you soon discover, about the Matthew Shepard murder in Wyoming ("It's a cold wind blowing, Wyoming").


But John's piano playing is front and center as well, carrying the more upbeat tunes, like "Look Ma, No Hands," "Birds" and "Ballad of the Boy in the Red Shoes." If you like the epic scale of John' past hits and his punchy piano playing, here's a CD that will replace those greatest hits you've listened to about a billion times.
  • Pin It

Latest in Comment

  • Women's Movement
  • Women's Movement

    The Zags are thrilling their fans and filling the stands in a way few women's programs are anywhere
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Cultural Warrior
  • Cultural Warrior

    Publisher's Note
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Sorry, Senator Risch
  • Sorry, Senator Risch

    But transparency isn't the problem with torture
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun
Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular @ Riverfront Park

Through Jan. 1, 2015

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Ted S. McGregor Jr.

  • Cultural Warrior
  • Cultural Warrior

    Publisher's Note
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • BOOKS
  • BOOKS

    Because everyone should always be reading something
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Game Changer

    Since Condon became mayor, Jan Quintrall has been responsible for some of the biggest changes in the city of Spokane — and some of its biggest controversies
    • Dec 17, 2014
  • Let Us Breathe

    Spokane joins national protests over the failure to indict white officers for killing black civilians
    • Dec 10, 2014
  • More »

© 2014 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation