Elton John, Blue Moves (1976)
Elton John has been bad for a lot longer than he was ever good – that’s just a fact. We have decades, now, of evidence. But when he was good…man, he was fucking great. That’s a gift. That’s (major) talent. I must thank Andrew Carey for his entry into the Five Albums I’m Loving Right Now series – for it was only as recent as that where I was prompted to check out this album. (Thanks Andrew!) I’m a bit of a fan of the sprawling double; a sort of mini-monster of an album that’s light on “actual hits” but filled with risks and different styles; an album that heads out on its own, shakes off any of the baggage of what’s expected. That’s what I’m hearing with Blue Moves. And I like it. Another reminder – and of course there are many – that it’s just easy to forget how long he’s been average/bad/milking it and focus in on that first decade. That’s better than most careers could ever even hope to be.
Sample Track: Tonight
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