I think if Elton's dad heard this album.... He'd know his son was blessed!
In my Top 10 Elton albums
By John Broadbent
I don't usually write reviews on iTunes, but I've been listening to "Made In England" for the lst 45 minutes, and I'm about to start it all over again. I've loved this album from the time I first heard it when it was feautred on VH1. Elton was VH1's "Artist of the Month" in conjunction with the "Made In England" release. This is not only his best album of the 1990s, but I rank it pretty high in my top 10 Elton John albums of all time. It's not that these songs are any better than what he had been putting out in previous years, or maybe they were... Unlike many previous albums, there isn't a single weak song. The musicianship is superb, maybe the best ever. It's tight and slick, but mostly, it had a sense of energy and... joy. The songs just sound uplifting and positive, and I find myself pounding on my desk to their beat. If I liked to dance, and if these were dance songs, this entire album would have me up and moving. It just sounds like Elton was having a blast making this music, and was filled with happiness and joy as he was writing and recording it. I'd tell you my favorite songs, but I'd have to list most of them on the album. Elton's voice sounds great, definately the best he's sounded in decades. Throughout his entire caraeer, I believe his voice sounded the best on "Caribou". As I said, I'm not a music expert, or reviewer. I'm not a musician, and I can't explain the technical aspects of anything. All I can do is tell you how it makes me feel. "Made In England" makes me feel happy, almost giddy, and it's one of few albums that I can listen to (and sing to loudly) repeatedly and never get tired of.
A Breath Of Fresh Air
I’ve always considered this album as a breath of fresh air mainly because of producer Greg Penny. After a couple of over produced albums, Made In England, brought a sound that is crisp and clear of technological distractions. Plus, it’s an upbeat affair for most of what is delivered here.
With a nod to the trend at the time, with the exception of the title track, the song titles are one word. But that doesn’t stop Taupin from writing some incredible lyrics that expand on themes of love and heartbreak.
Made In England also pays a subtle tribute to the Beatles as well (the opening note from the song Made In England is in fact, the opening riff from A Hard Day’s Night). And legendary Beatles producer, George Martin even stops by to write and arrange the string and horn sections on the song Latitude.
But the big news here was the return of Paul Buckmaster. His orchestrated opening to the song Belfast reminds me of why he was so great during the early Elton John albums.
Download is messed up
By Irish by Nature
Would've been nice If the album had downloaded as an entire album and not 5 separate albums with a couple of songs each ... iTunes screws up again
high point of the 90's
Yeah, I have pretty much every song he's ever recorded - and that's a LOT of songs - so I'm fairly attune to Elton's musical output. In my opinion this is his best overall album of the 1990s; chock full of bright, rockin' and poppin' tunes that reward repeated listenings and stack up strongly with some his best career work. The title tune and 'Pain' basically explode thru your speakers at middle to high volume with two of EJ's most forceful vocal performances ever. I've always been a fan of Bernie Taupin's lyrics whether they made sense or not because I'm one of those fans who just enjoys how Elton sings them and frames them musically, but on this disc some of the words are in fact more personal than usual. All the better. The orchestral flourishes are another great plus thanks to Paul Buckmaster. Buy a few tunes from this album and you'll want them all, along with a few hundred others in this superstar's incredible library.
Hello, I think I love you
This album is very good. One that the more you listen to it the more you like it. Latitude is my favorite Elton John song.
As with many Elton records, this one is a hidden gem. I love it. The only song that I am ambivalent about is Blessed, one of the singles. The rest are typical brilliant EJ: different styles, heartfully rendered, expertly realized. Belfast is extraordinary. My favorites are the title track, Man and Lies. Do yourself a favor--buy it and enjoy.
The depth of brilliance
I have followed Elton's career over several years--through fancy and folly. And as he is always entertaining and able to put the finger on the pulse of popular musical desire, he is first and foremost, a brilliant composer. On this offering, Belfast is beautifully orchestrated and dreamlike. There are several, less fantastic pieces that are the core of the scope of his creativity--and this album captures this haunting quality. Enjoy
My name is PAIN and you belong to ME!
I love that song.. "pain" it always brings me back up when im feeling down or gets me going hard when im skateboarding.
Check out Belfast
Belfast is the only song I purchased off this release. Buckmaster is a genius -- as is Elton. When the two match up, it's incredible. Belfast is proof, as if we needed it after Elton's first 3 albums!