Elton John

Tumbleweed Connection



In many respects, Tumbleweed Connection is the least celebrated album of Elton John's early milieu. That's in part because not one of its tunes made the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Song for song, though, I'd put it in a dead heat with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road as his best. Overall, Tumbleweed is more marked by a sense of rootsy Americana than the more sophisticated popcraft to come. Most of the rhythm tracks are driven by little more than a rhythm section, twangy guitar and Elton's chunky piano (Exhibit A: "Amoreena"). His singing is full of snarl and fury, countered by genuine tenderness on the ballads.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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