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Too Low for Zero
Elton John
Too Low for Zero
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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Digit Remastered plus Bonus Track.

      
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All Artists: Elton John
Title: Too Low for Zero
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Island
Release Date: 3/20/2001
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Soft Rock, Vocal Pop, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 731455847529

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Digit Remastered plus Bonus Track.

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From Zero back to the top
Tim Brough | Springfield, PA United States | 06/26/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The 80's weren't always kind to Elton John. Once he jumped from MCA to Geffen, the hits slowed down. He and Bernie Taupin had gone their separate ways, and his core band had been gone since "Rock of the Westies." "Too Low For Zero" changed all that. For the first time since "Blue Moves," Elton and Bernie co-wrote the songs. Nigel Olsson and Dee Murray were back, and so was the alchemy.

That was apparent from the first single, the defiant "I'm Still Standing." From the uptempo beat to the forceful lyric, it is the best Elton song since the glory days. "Kiss The Bride" follows in the same vein, about an ex who sees his dreamgirl slipping away as she walks down the aisle. But it was the ballad "I Guess That's Why They Call it The Blues" that blasted away the logjam. "Blues," with its great Stevie Wonder harmonica solo, became Elton's first top ten single in three years and the first since "Little Jeannie" from "21 at 33."

The most important part of this comeback is the rest of the album. "Too Low For Zero" was not just the home of three top 40 singles, but the remaining cuts had depth. The disintegrating family of "Cold as Christmas" is prime Elton, and the title track could have easily been a fourth single. The falsettoed ballad that closed the original album, "One More Arrow," is exquisite and a departure for Elton. "Too Low For Zero" marked the first time since "Blue Moves" that the entire album held together as a whole, and signalled the rebound for Elton that would continue through to "The One.""
Some Good Songs--Not A Great Album
Michael A. O. Donnell | Denver, Colorado | 09/22/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Having owned everything E.J. has put out at one point or another, there are some great songs on this album. I'm Still Standing, Cold As Christmas, I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues.... This was the time of E.J., king of the radio singles.

That said, for every I'm Still Standing, there's a One More Arrow or Religion, which I see as pure filler. Yes, if you like the early 80's Elton John, this is a great choice for you. While Elton John always has great songs on his albums, overall this isn't his best period of work. Compared with true masterpieces like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Madman Across The Water, Rock of the Westies, or even his latest, Captain & The Kid, Too Low For Zero seems pale as a whole. That said, there are some great singles on this album and it's a much more solid work than the three that followed."
(2.5 stars) Kinda good
finulanu | Here, there, and everywhere | 11/22/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Three big hits on this one (the rocker "I'm Still Standing"; easygoing, piano-based "I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues", featuring Stevie Wonder on harmonica; the typically '80s rocker "Kiss the Bride") - the first two are undeniably awesome, and even the third is catchy, as is the title song, though I do feel a minute of that could've been taken off the end. And "One More Arrow" is a pretty good melodramatic ballad. However, too much of it is stereotypical pop from the decade ("Cold as Christmas"; "Religion"; "Whipping Boy"; "Saint", with a synthesized brass solo stolen from "Shine on You Crazy Diamond"), there's also a pathetic attempt at ambient music ("Crystal"). And too many songs have five-minute running times. So this isn't a classic Elton album, but I suspect it's much better than his other efforts from the decade."