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Elton John’s 30th studio album is his second collaboration with legendary producer T Bone Burnett. Threaded through with nostalgia and elegant instrumentation, The Diving Board showcases John’s resonant voice, self-assured piano playing, and the lyrics of longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin. Moments of palpable musical joy abound. “A Town Called Jubilee” is a gorgeous homage to the pioneers of the American West, featuring loose-limbed slide guitar licks and church-revival harmonies. “Take This Dirty Water” is a swinging gospel number anchored by Raphael Saadiq’s rolling bass line. The rich orchestral sound of the album’s first single, “Home Again,” shines a spotlight on the backup musicians, including the Croatian duo 2CELLOS and Motown percussionist Jack Ashford. “Voyeur” sounds like a vintage Elton John ballad with a heartfelt lyric: “The solitary eye I’ve been looking through/Committed to connecting the old ways with the new.” The Diving Board shows that returning to your roots can be a magnificent way to move forward.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the album!

He's like the calm in a storm of horribly overproduced, overly commercial, and overly auto tuned music. True artist.

Elton makes records for his fans

Elton John doesn't want to go back to the 70's or 80's or any other decade..."you can't go back and if you try you fail" . This record will be piano and vocals of legend quality. Has a fan from day one in Tin Pan Alley, this stage of Elton's career is right on line with this stage in my life...just sit back and enjoy it....


I used to be a huge fan of his strongly melodic and versatile music. Based on the preview song, it seems to be another plodding, weepy, somber and self-serious dirge that is fairly indistinguishable from what he's been doing for several decades. Sad, really.


Born: March 25, 1947 in Pinner, Middlesex, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Elton John was the biggest pop star of the '70s, grabbing headlines and generating hits throughout the world. As it turned out, this was merely the first act in a remarkable career that kept him at the top of the charts for over 25 years. He charted a Top 40 hit single every year between 1970 and 1996, a sign that he knew how to both change with the times and mold the times to fit him. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers...
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