Rating: Thumbs Down
The timeless Elton John recently released two freshly recorded Spotify singles, one of his classic tunes “Bennie And The Jets” and the other a cover of Khalid’s “Young Dumb & Broke.” Both tracks feature a high recording quality with John’s commanding piano glistening among slippery guitars and smooth basses. However, the Khalid piece also contains a cheesy electronic drum track, giving the tune a trashy 80’s ballad vibe. It’s a strange pick regardless, as the song’s message is a desperate appeal to youth culture and generally disagreeing with John’s vocal style. Overall, they’re not terrible recordings but still smack of mediocrity—a disappointing listen.