Elton John – Honky Chateau

AMG review: Considerably lighter than Madman Across the Water, Elton John – Honky Chateau is a rollicking collection of ballads, rockers, blues, country-rock, and soul songs. On paper, it reads like an eclectic mess, but it plays as the most focused and accomplished set of songs Elton John and Bernie Taupin ever wrote. The skittering boogie of “Honky Cat” and the light psychedelic pop of “Rocket Man” helped send Honky Chateau to the top of the charts, but what is truly impressive about the album is the depth of its material. From the surprisingly cynical and nasty “I Think I’m Gonna Kill Myself” to the moving ballad “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,” John is at the top of his form, crafting immaculate pop songs with memorable melodies and powerful hooks. While Taupin’s lyrics aren’t much more comprehensible than before, John delivers them with skill and passion, making them feel more substantial than they are. But what makes Honky Chateau a classic is the songcraft, and the way John ties disparate strands of roots music into distinctive and idiosyncratic pop — it’s one of the finest collections of mainstream singer/songwriter pop of the early ’70s. –by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

 

Elton John – Honky Chateau Tracklist

  1. Honky Cat – 5:12
  2. Mellow – 5:32
  3. I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself – 3:35
  4. Susie (Dramas) – 3:25
  5. Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time) – 4:41
  6. Salvation – 3:59
  7. Slave – 4:21
  8. Amy – 4:03
  9. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters – 5:00
  10. Hercules – 5:21

 

Chart Position:

  • Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart 4
  • Canadian RPM Albums Chart 3
  • Dutch Mega Albums Chart 9
  • Italian Albums Chart 5
  • Japanese Oricon LP Chart 21
  • Norwegian VG-lista Albums Chart 8
  • UK Albums Chart 2
  • U.S. Billboard 200 1
  • West German Media Control Albums Chart 43

Elton John - Honky Chateau

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