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  • Summary: This ten-song effort is a sequel to the singer's 1975 album 'Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy.'
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
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  1. This really does pick up where John and lyricist Bernie Taupin left off.
  2. More than just a gift to fans, it shows Elton's gifts haven't deserted him. [5 Oct 2006, p.68]
  3. 80
    What more than saves the day here is a better-than-good melodic performance from Elton, and an outstanding set of lyrics by Bernie Taupin. [Oct 2006, p.98]
  4. 70
    A rare case of one step back, two steps forward. [Nov 2006, p.144]
  5. Almost every tune here sounds hammered and wrought out of the songsmith's forge rather than from a moment's white-hot inspiration.
  6. Unfortunately, it lacks much of the spark and spunk that made the original disc so memorable.
  7. Listening to The Captain & The Kid, the performers’ professional composure never flags. But in seeking to replicate the effect of their classic 1975 album Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy, John and Taupin have only succeeded in shining a spotlight on their own inadequacies.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 31
  2. Negative: 5 out of 31
  1. TT
    Oct 20, 2006
    This album demonstrates the real creative side of the Captain and the kid. Anyone who claims it to be forgetable or yawns, either hasn't really listened to it, had a pre-conceived opinion, or expected it to sound exactly like the original Captain Fantastic - which it does not. Although it is a follow up - this is NEW songs and music, and very excellent ones at that!!! Rock on EJ and BT. Expand
  2. JF
    Oct 2, 2006
    The biggest musical genius since Mozart once again proves his talent. Enough sad.
  3. WavetraX
    Oct 10, 2006
    Never warmed up to Songs from the West Coast, took a couple of sittings to get into Peachtree Junction, The Captain and the Kid is my favorite of the three. Nice to hear his voice and the piano again so uncluttered. I guess most of us longtime fans can't expect number one singles anymore, its nice to have been able to enjoy someone who keeps giving to those who care. Thanks, Elton, life is wonderfull, while you're in the world... Expand
  4. SeanO
    Sep 19, 2006
    The Captain and The Kid is Elton and Bernie's third great album in five years. I am a big Elton fan and have always liked all his music. This one is Elton at his best. Ten great songs. Expand
  5. KenP
    Sep 26, 2006
    As far as EJ goes, with Yellow Brick Road being a 10, this one rates a 9 along with Honkey Chateau, Don't Shoot Me..., the original Captain and Made In England. As a piano player for 40 years, I would say the piano is better than any previous albums in my opinion. The vocals are good, but certainly not his best. The lyrics are outstanding and the melodies are very good. My favorites are: And The House Fell Down, Blues Never Fade Away and The Captain and the Kid. Expand
  6. MaineMike
    Oct 14, 2006
    The best Elton album since the mid 70s.
  7. b.g.
    Oct 9, 2006
    yawn. C'mon Elton. A collection of forgettable tunes that is at least good for falling asleep. I expect classics from this dude not this drivel.

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