Saturday, August 4, 2007

No Shoe Strings on Louise

This little burst of invective at some out-of-the-singer's-league slattern doesn't exactly feature the finest example of Bernie's lyrical skills...but is totally redeemed by Elton's swaggering, Band-inspired country-blues funk arrangement. The judicious use of bongos just before the "C'mon down, c'mon down..." part sounds really great, and producer Gus Dudgeon provides some nice sonic depths with some really deep bass.

This track sounds so good you can overlook lines about "paper cans" and the like, which may pass for country slang where Taupin comes from, but just scan oddly elsewhere. It wouldn't be until much later that he would really get comfortable at writing this sort of vernacular.

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