Elton John: Rocketman launches

Directed by Dexter Fletcher, the film "Rocketman", which will be released in the UK on 22nd May and in the US on the 31st, is a brilliant portrait of Elton John starring Taron Egerton...

Door Marc Zisman | Video van de dag | 18 mei 2019

It is the producer Giles Martin, the son of the legendary George Martin, who is at the helm of the soundtrack of the film Rocketman, which tells the story of Elton John's rise into the music world.

The retro flavour of this biopic and its soundtrack works at full strength, especially when you consider that Martin Jr. was in the forefront of the pop frenzy that shook England in the 1960s and 1970s. Its elegant and punchy arrangements are certainly very close to the sound of the time, but it also sometimes brings in certain textures, a breath of fresh air that could be described as "postmodern".

Rocketman's soundtrack album does not feature any instrumental music from the film, but only hits by the star performed by Taron Egerton, the actor who plays him on screen. Egerton certainly thrills with his vocal prowess, but we should not forget the presence of other actors in some songs: I Want Love is performed by Kit Connor, Gemma Jones, Bryce Dallas Howard and Steven Mackintosh, while The Bitch is Back, Don't Go Breaking My Heart and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road are duets with, respectively Sebastian Rich, Rachel Muldoon and Jamie Bell (who has the difficult task of playing Bernie Taupin, Elton John's favourite songwriter).

But the piece of most bravura of this Rocketman soundtrack is certainly the schizophrenic delirium that is the song that closes the record since it is a cover of (I'm Gonna) Love Me Again by Taron Egerton in duet with Elton John himself.


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