Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Elf - Trying to Burn the Sun

6/10

Elf's third and last album doesn't stray too far from the style of their previous two; the boogie-woogie piano is still front and center, although there are a few songs that are a little different ("When She Smiles" has an electric piano, the aforementioned track and "Wonderworld" feature strings, "Shotgun Boogie" is much faster than anything Elf had done before, and "Streetwalker" goes on about twice as long as it has to)
There's not a whole lot to say about Trying to Burn the Sun that you couldn't say about the first two albums, and all of them show why Elf never managed to be successful commercially; while they were competent at their instruments and Dio was a great singer, they just weren't doing much of anything that other bands weren't doing considerably better. The first Rainbow album would feature most of the same personnel, but with the songwriting duties split between Dio and Ritchie Blackmore instead of Dio and Mickey Lee Soule, the quality and distinctiveness of the band's songs skyrocketed. Elf was just too limited to achieve superstardom, and that's why they're forgotten today despite their famous frontman.

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