- Also available in a Limited Edition (CD + DVD) version.
|1. Weight Of The World|
|2. Porch Swing In Tupelo|
|3. Answer In The Sky|
|4. Turn The Lights Out When You Leave|
|5. My Elusive Drug|
|6. They Call Her The Cat|
|7. Freaks In Love|
|8. All That I'm Allowed (I'm Thankful)|
|9. I Stop And I Breathe|
|10. Too Many Tears|
|11. It's Getting Dark In Here|
|12. I Can't Keep This From You|
Elton's made no secret of the ear he holds out to the present competition, Ryan Adams in particular, and "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave", with its edges singed with country twang shows his admiration as inspirational. He slips up, with the pomposity of "Answer in the Sky" and the melodies seem to have run dry for the second half, but gems such as the rousing and rasping "They Call Her the Cat" are pleasantly reminiscent of his hipswinging, boogie days. More of these, and less bland tinkling would have pushed this further, but it's still a refreshing change that he'd be wise to continue. --Ben Johncock
There are at least 4 strong single tracks on this album.
Track 1, Weight of the world - is one obvious single it makes this whole compilation a delight to listen to, and the lyrics from Bernie Taupin which have been so strong over the years are a masterpiece of modern poetry.
Track 2, Porch swing in Tupelo - sounds like a track that was written in 1974 for the Caribou album, superb strong chords, harmonies to die for, it is a song that all Elton's fan of the 1970s will come running back for. The addition of the familiar Hammond organ of the past and genuine piano playing is a genuine delight on first listening, and makes you eager for more.
Track 3, Answer in the Sky - Is an obvious single of the future. It is Elton at his best. Superb strings and outstanding arrangements in the background remind you of the Thom Bell Sessions in the late 1970s. Elton's voice is as strong and fresh as he was 30 years ago. The band are also playing the song with conviction and are obviously having a great time making this album. Davey Johnstone's backing vocals and guitar playing are a reminder of what we as fans have missed over the years.
Track 4, Turn the lights out when you leave - Is a country and western style song which makes you sway along. The lyrics complement the song as only a John/Taupin composition can. Reminds me of songs from Rock of the Westies.
Track 5, My Elusive Drug - A genuine reflective song of Elton's life which once again the lyrics are superb and honest.Read more ›
The record starts very well with Weight of the World and Porch Swing in Tupelo as the albums best songs. However, what the record lacks is quality control. Songs like My Elusive Drug, Freaks in Love and All that im Allowed take the shine off a promising start. It is clear that although Elton intended to go back to basics there is still the over produced sound reminicent of the 90s in places. A more basic sound like 'Songs from the West Coast' would have served this record better.
This is a good record and a welcome one to all fans of Musics fairy godmother. However, after taking a huge leap forward in 2001, Peachtree Road sees Elton taking a few large steps backwards.