Picks and Pans Review: Victim of Love
The bad news about this album for Elton loyalists is that it is, track for track, a formulized disco-pop album. Now the good news: E.J. is the most capable artist around when it comes to elevating forgettable tunes. The production (by Pete Bellotte, the studio whiz behind Donna Summer) is superb. The musicianship)—particularly by Marcus Miller on bass, Keith Forsey on drums, and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion—is exhilarating, and Elton's piano is fiercely rhythmic. Street Boogie, Thunder on the Night, the eight-minute discofied Johnny B. Goode and Spotlight all quake with energy. There may not be any poignant tunes on this LP, but after Elton's morose A Single Man, this album provides a welcome rush.