Elton John, 21 at 33

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 09.24.12 in Reviews

21 At 33

Elton John
More yacht club that dance club

A little L.A. disco lingers from 1979′s no-no Victim of Love on 1980′s 21 at 33, but this time, the results are more yacht club that dance club. The album’s hit and by far the best thing here, “Little Jeannie,” is essentially “Daniel” recast as a Michael McDonald jam. Particularly unsettling is “White Lady White Powder,” one of three cuts co-written with Bernie Taupin. Delivering it like a bittersweet love song, Elton makes this cautionary cocaine confessional the most honest cut. That’s sad.