If ever a musician remains unspoiled by their success, it goes without saying that their scope far exceeds the desires. Elton John's visions have never been heavy-handed or pedantic, yet one always senses an underlying awareness and balance (between music and lyrics) that many other popular entertainers never achieve. It is not difficult to call Elton one of pop's most versatile artists, who is able to turn right around and perform a most enchanting ballad (ie—"Rocket Man") in addition to stompin' hard rockers ("Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting"). And maintaining an astonishing career in addition to a compositional partnership can prove harrying. Of the three major British bands who used a specialized composer (Gary Brooker/Keith Reid: Procol Harum; Peter Sinfield/King Crimson; and Elton/Bernie), only Elton has moved towards a continuing successful future of immense stature .. .
A performer in the public eye for more than fifteen years, culminating with his meteoric rise in the past few years, Elton John has the international acclaim awarded to only a few. He has pioneered pop-rock with a dynamic presence and vitality that speaks from his heart as well as his mind. The work behind his phenomenal achievements has passed will an even more brilliant composer evolve? Such a struggle must present itself to many superstars—those who maintain a consistently high intake of success—or perhaps the struggle is in coordinating the right flow between Bernie and Elton . . . cause when they fit perfectly. you get hits and more HITS, But a level of consistency cannot be mechanical—especially for a sincere composer/performer like Elton; so when his recorded work is affected, one begins to ponder . . . . for whom is he making music? When his records go gold or platinum hefore/upon release, where does objectivity fit
in . . . . or, does quality continue to be an earmark or just a passing gesture?
There is a new album due later this year from Elton & Co. From my earlier configurations, this should be a killer—perhaps a bigger, harder sound. As Bernie/Elton continue to mature as songwriters, they are sure to produce even if their coordination has been ruffled. Energetic writers often gain strength and insight from adverse situations and too-long vacations. Meanwhile. fans wait anxiously .. .