Elton John, Breaking Hearts

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 09.24.12 in Reviews

Breaking Hearts

Elton John

Despite the closing “Sad Songs (Say So Much),” another Elton classic during a decade skimpy with them, 1984′s Breaking Hearts loses ground gained with the previous year’s Too Low for Zero. The rockers ape ZZ Top’s recently-updated boogie but typically grate: Anything that Elton needs to shout over brings out his coke-worn growl, which is here noticeably worse following his impulsive marriage to engineer Renate Blauel. The tunes fall from traditional to regimental, and producer Chris Thomas fails to divert from the band’s punch-the-clock performance. Besides the single, only the stately title track piano ballad clicks.