Much of the musical and lyrical fortitude conspicuously absent from the vast majority of Elton John’s (keyboards/vocals) late ‘70s and early ‘80s material, returned along with lyricist Bernie Taupin and the ‘classic’ quartet -- featuring Dee Murray (bass/backing vocals), Davey Johnstone (guitar/backing vocals) and Nigel Olsson (drums) -- on John’s previous long player Too Low For Zero (1982). Breaking Hearts (1984) furthered their re-solidification as a formidable pop music combo. The first song extracted from the LP, “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” likewise continued the lofty chart action that had begun with “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” -- both of which reached the Top Five. Additionally worthy of note is that these two singles garnered John his first back to back hits in over half a decade. Another correlation between the two is their melancholy nature. Rather than pen another dark relationship vignette, Taupin in essence deconstructs the purpose and ultimate emotional usefulness of lonely and unrequited ‘tear in my beer’ balladry. Lines such as “‘Cause from the lips of some old singer/We share the troubles we already know” or “It feels so good to hurt so bad/And suffer just enough to sing the blues” delve into the pop psyche, revealing why these communal antidotes are so effective. Melodically, “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” is fairly typical of the easy going Adult Contemporary style that John had veered toward earlier in the decade with tracks such as “Little Jeannie” and “Blue Eyes”. His ability to create -- if not master -- pop music moods and textures is evident in the effectiveness retained in his more than capable performance style. The backing trio, while arguably are instrumentally under utilized on this particular track, do revive their rich vocal harmonies. They are reminiscent of the airtight contributions on the hit “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” and the lesser-known album track “Pinky” from Caribou (1974). In a rare move, John reworked the song for Sasson Jeans -- who promoted at least one leg (pun intended) of John’s Breaking Hearts tour in 1984/1985. The resulting advert was done in the concurrently popular music video trend of product placement with Sir Elton warbling that “Sasson’s Say So Much”. Yikes! The promotional campaign did not last very long, although a rare and limited edition picture disc of the single was issued by the designer to help further promote his wares.