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Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 2 out of 23

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  1. Mar 27, 2014
    It's an Elton classic. Elton is classic. It's logic folks. This LP has influenced dozens of artists in the past forty years and deserves a re-release as much as any other pop classic
  2. Apr 4, 2014
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is an album that I had attempted to listen to several times, but constantly put off due to its long running time. I finally listened to the album on a 10 hour plane journey where I had nothing to do except catch up on music I had meant to listen to years before. I decided that it was time to finally make a judgement about this record. Needless to say, it was quite possibly one of the best records I had ever listened to. The opening track Funeral for a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding is a two-part epic, with the first part starting off ominously before evolving into an epic glam rock instrumental and song. The three following songs are considered Elton John classics; Candle in the Wind, the soft rock ballad that serves as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe (and later Diana, Princess of Wales), glam rocker Bennie & the Jets, and Candle in the Wind a short but epic song that retells the story of the Wizard of Oz. Generally the songs that follow are in the vein of soft rock ballads that switch between piano and guitar dynamics, but there are some exceptions - such as Jamaica Jerk Off, an experimental world music piece, and the classic hard rock inspired Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting. Closing track Harmony is another soft rock song with an epic sounding chorus that closes a perfect album. Is this Elton John's best record? Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
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  1. Mar 31, 2014
    Packed with motifs and allusions to cinema, it’s also a subtle commentary on the singer’s stratospheric rise to superstardom, lyricist Bernie Taupin retrospectively suggesting disillusionment was a recurring theme.
  2. Mar 26, 2014
    The expansive tracklisting makes for a CD-era 70+ minute listening experience. You can appreciate the varied approach that John and Bernie Taupin brought to the studio with the balladry (“Candle In The Wind,” surprisingly not a US-charting song), the ballsy (“Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting”) and the busy (“Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)”) even if the results led to a less-than-cohesive album on the whole. As with many Elton John albums, there are hidden gems to be found.
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    An insanely confident effort that, 40 years on, still surprises in its sensitivity. Sequins and all.