The One

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elton John once claimed that he could remember The One among his latter-day albums because it was the first he recorded without drugs or alcohol. If true -- and there's no reason to doubt him -- that could be the reason why this has more character than most of his albums since the early '80s, holding together well in its deliberately measured, mature songcraft by Elton and Bernie Taupin. There's less gloss than on many of his late-'80s records, and John gives a fairly convincing performance throughout this set of pretty good songs. If there's any real problem, it's that the album just doesn't have many memorable songs. Though they're all reasonably melodic and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elton John once claimed that he could remember The One among his latter-day albums because it was the first he recorded without drugs or alcohol. If true -- and there's no reason to doubt him -- that could be the reason why this has more character than most of his albums since the early '80s, holding together well in its deliberately measured, mature songcraft by Elton and Bernie Taupin. There's less gloss than on many of his late-'80s records, and John gives a fairly convincing performance throughout this set of pretty good songs. If there's any real problem, it's that the album just doesn't have many memorable songs. Though they're all reasonably melodic and well-crafted, none of the them have memorable musical or lyrical hooks and, if anything, Chris Thomas' production is too evenhanded. Still, even if it isn't memorable, it does represent a meaningful move forward, just because it does sound warmer and more considered than the records that immediately preceded it. [The 2001 German reissue contains two bonus tracks, "Suit of Wolves" and "Fat Boys and Ugly Girls."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731455848021
  • Catalog Number: 558480
  • Sales rank: 74,094

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Simple Life (6:26)
  2. 2 The One (5:53)
  3. 3 Sweat It Out (6:38)
  4. 4 Runaway Train (5:22)
  5. 5 Whitewash County (5:30)
  6. 6 The North (5:15)
  7. 7 When a Woman Doesn't Want You (4:55)
  8. 8 Emily (4:58)
  9. 9 On Dark Street (4:43)
  10. 10 Understanding Women (5:03)
  11. 11 The Last Song (3:33)
  12. 12 Suit of Wolves (5:48)
  13. 13 Fat Boys and Ugly Girls (4:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elton John Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Kiki Dee Background Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Background Vocals
Guy Babylon Keyboards
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Carole Fredericks Background Vocals
David Gilmour Guitar
Janice Jamison Background Vocals
Nigel Olsson Background Vocals
Pino Palladino Bass
Olle Romo Percussion, Drums
Adam Seymour Guitar
Mark Taylor Keyboards
Beckie Bell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elton John Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Peter Manning Robinson Liner Notes
Guy Babylon Programming
Peter Mew Engineer
David Nicholas Engineer
Olle Romo Programming
Bernie Taupin Composer
Chris Thomas Producer
Adrian Collee Studio Coordinator
John Reid Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a Good Album Without Drug Use

    I have been an off and on Elton John fan most of life. I am in mid to late thirties now and I first heard these songs in my early twenties on the radio. I did not think of much of these at first except they have nice melodies. But after reading the AMG review about him being off drugs for the first time in years, this music is quite good considering the above statement. I strongly reccomend this recording.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I am a massive Elton fan and this.....

    Is possibly the most enjoyable album of all! I have a much older English version that doesn't have the last two tracks on, so I can't comment on them. However, as a major fan of Elton's (particularly post 1990ish), I can say that no-one who even remotely claimed to be an EJ fan would regret buying this album. I am not a proper ''music expert'' so can't give you all the terminology(!) but some of this album is more up-tempo than a lot of Elton's stuff. A good example of this is ''Runaway Train'' - I think a duet with Eric Clapton for a Lethal Weapon movie - which is fantastic, as is (the piano in) ''Sweat it Out''.''Emily'' and ''Understanding Women'' are beautiful tracks that are that tiny bit too fast to qualify as ''Easy-Listening''. ''The North'' is excellent too, with (on my album the last song) ''The Last Song'' having the best lyrics of any Elton track (maybe!). Suffice to say, YOU MUST BUY THIS ALBUM!

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