10 Jul 2012
"Good Morning To The Night" by Claude Bernardin
When I first heard of this project my level of excitement was peaked. Maybe someone would finally take all Elton's desires for a Dance Hit to the top and do him right. I had no idea Pnau would be the ones to do this. Only one other Project has come close to this in ingenuity and creativity, that's the Beatles "Love" Project. Is this Project it's equal? No. But it's close. This is some of the most exciting, and appropriate sounding music for its time, that John and Taupin have created in decades. It's great to have that classic 70's Elton "Sound" combine with today's Techno-electric wizardry and boy it works like a charm! It goes along way to suggest "You can be young again!" Listener's will thrill at such brilliant tracks as "Foreign Fields" that cleverly weaves famously loved ballads like "Cage The Songbird and "High Flying Bird" into a whole new experience. And then there's the title cut: "Good Morning To The Night" - already becoming a hit, and well deservedly so. It is unique, clever and original.
But for me the stand out cuts are two:
"Telegraph To The Afterlife" - The track weaves John's 1973 song "Harmony' with "Funeral For a Friend" and some original scoring, into what one hopes will be the Biggest Radio Airplay John Has received in Decades! Folks, Radio....If you do not pick this track up....It will be a travesty of justice. "Harmony" was Taupin and John's most requested song in the mId-1970's and still to this day is a concert favorite. But sadly it never saw the light of day as a single in America. In 90 seconds I could tell it was a hit! Instant classic Rock Radio Hit! It cleverly weaves the song "Harmony" and the repeated opening line of "Hello...Hello..." into a Pink Floydesque montage that instantly grabs you. The album is worth its price for this track alone. Thrilling rock. Conjures up the sound and stylings of Floyd's, "Comfortably Numb". Just a brilliant track! It has Hit written all over it! By the way Elton's people, you missed it once in 1973! Don't make that mistake again! Put this sucker out as a single to American FM radio!
The other track I'd like to highlight is "Karmatron" . Again I got chills when I heard it. It's an in-genius re-working of John's 1971 album title cut "Madman Across The Water" with "Funeral For a Friend". It is outstanding, exciting, mature, and very clever rock music.
This is some of the most interesting instrumental rock and dance music John has ever produced with anyone. Ground breaking project in my opinion! and one I hope gets repeated again!
Outstanding and frankly thrilling to hear! Hats off to all of you, job well done!
Elton John VS Pnau - 4 stars out of 5!!!!!!!!!!!
- Claude Bernardin, Co-Author of "Rocket Man"