Beth Johnson
November 24, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Elton John, Mary J. Blige
genre
Pop

We gave it an C+

No doubt the live performance of ”I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” slayed the audience. But on disc, it’s a rather overwrought affair between glitzy divas. A raspy Sir Elton nearly busts a gut to inject bluesy grit into his megahit, while the divine Ms. MJB’s smoky but oddly tentative delivery keeps veering off-key. Ultimately, it comes down to whether you think ”I Guess…” is a heart-searing pop classic — or mainstream fodder that has nothing to do with the blues. C+

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