Elton John is still standing. But not better than he ever did. The piano ma’am has written only one good song in the last fifteen years … and it’s on the new Scissor Sisters album.
But Stereogum hopes Elton has another great album in him (yes, he got kudos for Songs From The West Coast, but only because it wasn’t completely terrible.) And Mr. John’s looking to the past — and the future — to prove his relevance in pop music.
First up, The Captain And The Kid (out 9/19), a sequel of sorts to 1975’s autobiographical Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy. First single “The Bridge” is up at iTunes. Pleasant little piano ballad. I just can’t stand the way he sings these days. Listen to the sample and how he croons “…standing on the brrrry-udge.” But I’ll reserve judgment on Captain until I hear the whole thing.
Interestingly, this is Elton’s 940th album, but the first time Bernie Taupin is featured on the cover, which is based on photography by NYC artist Ryan McGinley.
That’s Bernie on the horse. I guess. Hi Bernie!
So that’s all I know about Captain. What’s more interesting are Elton’s plans to go hip-hop on the next album:
?I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip-hop beats ? a bit like no ?No Diggity? by Blackstreet,? said the Rocket Man, who?s also a huge fan of Tupac?s 1995 hit ?California Love,? ?I love these beats, but I have no idea how to get them. I want to work with Pharrell, Timbaland, Snoop, Kanye, Eminem and just see what happens. It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don?t know until you try.?
Not so implausible. Check out 2Pac’s “Ghetto Gospel,” which samples Madman’s “Indian Sunset,” and knocked Crazy Frog from the top of the UK charts last year.
2Pac – “Ghetto Gospel” (MP3)
Can everyone cop to liking at least one Elton John song, or would that be too uncool?