Not very good
By Corvette 02
This is one of my least favorite Elton John albums. I personally find this album to be almost unlistenable. This was the first album that Elton did that I thought was really bad, especially considering how good most of his previous albums had been. I think this was the start of a string of some pretty bad albums with the exception of a couple. The strange thing here is that I think the bonus tracks (as bad as they are) are better than the tracks on the
original album. Probably my least favorite album next to Victim of Love.
b-sides synthesized electric keyboard empty pop songs this & all 80's sucked
Five Stars and I'm sticking to it
By Hawkeye Eno
After seeing the 3-star average rating (at the time of writing this), I had to chime in. All of the songs on the original album are great (I don't know about the additions for this UK Version, although I know Ego is a great song)...Elton's most under-appreciated album.
Making his first album with out Bernie Taupin was bound to lead to a crappy album or fantastic fresh album. Well it went crappy. Not that it's unlistenable...it's just like all the worst tracks of all the other albums. A lot of people call this the "beginning of the end for Elton", well it certainly was his first big misstep and a big drop from his two previous albums that entered the charts no. 1, but really "Rock of The Westies" is a bad album too. If you don't own any Elton start with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" or "Madman Across The Water". Try "Songs From The West Coast" or "Breaking Hearts. There's much better to be had than this one.
Disappointing and Dated
By Marlboro Guy
Definately one of the weakest albums in the great career catalog of one of the greatest singer congwriters of our time. There are no real standout tracks on this lackluster effort. This album marked a serious commercial decline for the artist who had dominated pop airwaves up to this point.
The Start Of The End
By Sword Of Damocles
Up until this album came out Elton John in my mind could do no wrong. Then came A Single Man, and that started a long streak of not so good albums, until Songs From The West Coast ended the string of average music . But you should look for anything before this disc when looking for Elton music.
Just as boring as I remembered it. After his masterpiece Blue Moves this one was a real disappointment.
"A Single Man" is a unique album!
This album is definitely in my Top 5 favorite Elton John albums. All the songs on this album have unique lyrics and unique melodies with excellent vocals (Elton at his best in my opinion). My personal favorite songs on this particular album are "Return to Paradise", "Shine On Through", "Georgia", and "I Cry At Night", but I would strongly recommend listening to the entire album, because it definitely fits into a category of its own!
well, underrated and worth buying but not one of his best.
Get his classic albums first, but there is much on this album to enjoy. Shine Through, I Don't Care, It Ain't Gonna Be Easy, Shooting Star, and Madness are all great. 12-16 are bonus tracks that are actually pretty good, especially Ego, which was a single. Return to Paradise, Big Dipper, Part-Time Love, and Song for Guy are, in my view, clunkers with a few memorable bits. Overall, then, you get about 11 great songs in the batch, which makes it well worth downloading.
Buy it now!
Elton always wrote great pop songs. This time around he wrote great pop songs but he started to wonder what the hell was going on and even though, of course, it's not his lyrics it's obvious in the music that he knows he's not where he wants to be and he wants to get back. Most people didn't get what he was up to on Blue Moves so he dumped most everyone he'd worked with up to this point. Changing Bernie Taupin for Gary Osbourne made the headlines at the time (as well as the People Magazine cover: "Elton Loses Glasses and Lasses"). He also changed producers as well as half his band. Outcome: it's still Elton John. Not a bad track on the album. Bonus tracks are awesome. Ego is one of my favorite singles from him. Flintstone Boy was painfully slow when I was a kid and listening to it on the B-side but now it seems ridiculously prescient. It Ain't Gonna Be Easy is simply classic. Part-Time Love is dated but fun. Shine Through is yet another great example of Elton grabbing somebody else's genre and making it his own. Return to Paradise makes my boyfriend dance and that's enough for me.