It's either a hit or a miss when it comes to collaborations between the new and the old and this is exactly the case for Good Morning To The Night, a remix album of the iconic Sir Elton John and Australian dance pop duo, Pnau.
The story goes that John was in a Sydney record shop, picked up a Pnau record and enjoyed it so much that he signed them to his management company. Now after five years of mentoring under his belt, it looks like the electronic duo has successfully given John's lesser-known 70's tunes a refreshing breath of life without vying too terribly off. No doubt this could be seen as Elton John’s attempt to keep up with the times by allowing Pnau access to the master tapes of what many perceive to be the peak of Elton's creative period; 1970-76.
Within only 29 minutes, Pnau keeps it tight by belting out 8 tracks which at first glance and with initial perceptions, might seem to rely heavily on sparkly synth work, with the opening track Good Morning To The Night in mind. But this isn’t a Pnau record, not really. It’s officially termed “Elton John Versus Pnau” and despite the many mixes and elements from John’s original sound recordings on the Australian duo’s part, I imagine that this would somewhat be what an Elton John record would sound like back in the day.
Sad is a miserably good song, with husky vocals sighing “it's sad/so sad", it definitely lived up to its plainly melancholic title. The usage of trumpets which occasionally chimes in contributes to the poppy vibe that should be prominent in Elton John anthems. The listener’s spirits is then lifted in Black Icy Stare, where the record’s instrumentation is at its best and most, with the eclectic use of keyboards and synths and thumping bass lines to back the song up.
All in all, it’s clear that Elton John has definitely done his homework and entrusted his music in the right hands, much might I say, to the general surprise of his listeners, albeit a pleasant one.
Check out Elton John vs Pnau's Sad below!