- Album name: Tumbleweed Connection
- Artist name: Elton John
- Year: 1970
- Number of discs: one
- Label: Uni Records
- Collection: Selman
- Distinguishing characteristics: clipped corner (top right)
- Buy it on Amazon: $41.91
Level of familiarity before listening
I’m not familiar with Tumbleweed Connection, but I did previously listen to two other Elton John records, first Caribou and then 11-17-70. I didn’t really enjoy either of them.
What I expected
More heavily produced singer-songwriter 1970s soft rock with extensive use of the piano.
What it was actually like
Tumbleweed Connection definitely had more a country sound than the other Elton John records, particularly on songs like Country Comfort, which kind of went back and forth between what I would consider to be a more classic Elton John style and a whiny country instrumentation. Similarly, Son of Your Father had only the smallest amount of country wah-wah during the verses, and then the chorus went full honky-tonk.
Many parts of the record had an orchestral quality, like towards the end of My Father’s Gun, and others had more than a hint of funk, like Where to Now St. Peter?
Love Song, meanwhile, was a very simple folk style song.
I didn’t care for Tumbleweed Connection any more than I enjoyed Caribou and 11-17-70, but there is another Elton John record coming up in the next few weeks, and there may be more after that.
2/5: weak, but I was able to listen to the whole thing
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