Madman Across the Water holds a special place in my heart. “Tiny Dancer” was the first song I ever learned to sing and I remember the falsettos in the choruses being very hard to tame. Especially knowing that Sir Elton John reaches them full voice. Even though this single is very well-known, I find it unfortunate that Madman remains one of John’s least-known albums.
One cannot talk about power pop without mentioning their name. By now you probably would have heard of a band called Big Star, but in 1972 it was far from the case. #1 Record was headed for its eponymous place in music history but no one had predicted it to be four decades later. The debut album by Big Star was a commercial failure at the time although, for the reasons I will cite later, the record was ahead of its time.