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Day 295: Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

20 Dec

Bennie and the Jets

Thank god that the double album is pretty much extinct. While I am still not sure exactly where these things fall on the Swole Spectrum (technically, I should probably split ‘em up over two days), I rarely ever listen to them.  I don’t voluntarily pick that much old music—I usually leave the history lessons on here to my father.  And he only gets one pick a week, and he’s been pretty good with avoiding double albums.

Nobody’s perfect, though.

This Dad Rock Tuesday, I’ve been listening to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road for what feels like forever.  Yeah, it’s only an hour and sixteen minutes, but it feels like it’s been an eternity.

That’s not to say that this (double) album isn’t good—there are plenty of tracks on here that I love, and a few that I already know—but really, who needs seventeen Elton John songs in a row?  I don’t care if the dude’s been knighted, every artist starts to get boring after that long.

It is kind of hard for me to hate on this record, though. I’ve been listening to songs like “Benny and the Jets” and “Saturday Night’s All Right For Fighting” since preschool, literally.  These songs harken back to car rides with the Elton John version of  The Lion King soundtrack playing.  Nostalgia blindness, perhaps, but whatcha gonna do?

So yeah, I am pretty bored, but I figure that I owe it to the man.  Plus, it’s not like I have homework to do or anything.