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#353: Honky Château by Elton John

6.21.2011


Honky Château by Elton John (1972)

Favorite Track(s): "Honky Cat" and "Mellow" and "Rocket Man (I Think It's Gonna Be A Long, Long Time)" and "Salvation" and "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Hercules"

Thoughts: Oh, Eltoooooooooooooooooooon! Every album on this list between yours feels like the world is trying to keep us apart, when we both know that your music and I are meant to be together and everyone else's music is just JEALOUS and wish they had what we have. (I suppose some love here should also go to Bernie Taupin. Bernie, I love you too. There.)

Maryann whenever an Elton John album shows up on this list:


For real.

This album was actually recorded in a chateau in France, Château d'Hérouville, where a ton of 70s artists have recorded as well. Thanks to my parents, this baby is one I own on vinyl. Have I talked about how great my parents' taste is in music? I have? Well, tough.

For some reason though, I didn't love Honky Château as much as Elton John and Tumbleweed Connection. Don't get me wrong, "Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters" is one of my favorite songs of all time, thanks to Almost Famous and The Concert for New York City. But maybe, for the rest of the record, it's the lack of strings? The prevalence of tongue-in-cheek songs ("I Think I'm Going to Kill Myself", "Amy", etc.) over sincere ones? I just didn't love it like I expected to, even if I loved it more than many albums on this list.

Is This Better Than A Hard Day's Night?: Yep, but only for "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" and "Rocket Man" and "Honky Cat", I'm afraid.

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