- 19 Apr 18
You Won't Feel The Love Tonight...
I love Elton. We could use more pop stars in Donald Duck outfits with window wipers on their spectacles, and there’s no arguing with the records he put out from Elton John (1970) up until about Rock Of The Westies (1975) either. So it’s hard to begrudge this two album tribute, ahead of his first “final” tour. Hard, that is, until you press play.
Disc 1, Revamp, features “some of contemporary music’s most vital talents”. If The Hague dealt with crimes against music, this lot would be on the next plane to Holland. ‘Bennie And The Jets’ starts with a sadly fleeting Elton sample before P!nk (exclamation mark intentional) stomps all the feeling out of it, “helped” by “rapper” Logic. This car crash is merely the first song.
The country music of Disc 2, Restoration, is a better fit, but then classics like Tumbleweed Connection were pretty country in the first place. Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash with Emmylou Harris, Rhonda Vincent with Dolly Parton, and Chris Stapleton all acquit themselves well, although Stapleton deserves a better song than ‘I Want Love’. Chancers like Don Henley and Little Big Town, who appear to be channelling The Flying Pickets, should have stayed at home.