Written by Jessica Andrews on 4th July, 2012
I was never brought up with Elton Johnâ€™s music; my parents were rockers and had no time for Eltonâ€™s trip pop. The first time I was ever aware of the man was when Princess Dianaâ€™s funeral was televised and he sang Candle in the Wind. That was my beginning, and then I recognised him in the Simpsons and other various pop culture-focused shows.
I still am not an avid fan. If a song of his is on the radio, Iâ€™ll give it a whirl, Iâ€™ll sing along to it, but I have had no desire to buy an album. However, when I heard that he was a fan of Pnau after hearing the smash single Wild Strawberries in a store, I knew some magic would happen.
Elton John Vs Pnau is magic; it isnâ€™t a lazy album comprised of cheap remixes. It is a work of art. It is something new and something old re-imagined into something completely original. Each song has elements of several of Elton Johnâ€™s original songs, and even better, there arenâ€™t any of the mega hits of Elton Johnâ€™s to be found on this album.
Good Morning to the Night is a cruel impact on the senses. My ears are hearing a blasting summer tune; I can feel the beer on my lips and the lingering sunburn on my shoulders. I look outside to see only grey Sydney weather with a blanket on my knees. Needless to say, I cannot wait for summer so I can listen to this song without being completely conflicted.
Sad, Black Icy Stare, Foreign Fields and Telegraph to the Afterlife have some funky disco beats and a slow tempo that I could imagine myself in a former life slow dancing to at a school social in the 1970s. Unfortunately these songs could be relegated to background music in a hipster bar somewhere.
Phoenix grabs my attention. Laden with vocals and more of those disco beats with modern rework makes me want to get up and find me a Travolta and get boogying. The whole time this song plays, I have the biggest stupidest grin on my face.
Sixty is an excellent ending to the album, finishes it off nicely, with a delicate piano playing steadily getting faster and then just finishing. Perfect. Iâ€™m not sure whether having a broader awareness of Elton Johnâ€™s music would enhance the experience of this album. Nevertheless, this is an amazing audio experience and one would not do to miss it. This is one Elton John album I am definitely buying for my vinyl collection.