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Threaded through with nostalgia and elegant instrumentation, Elton John’s 30th studio album is a showcase for his resonant voice, self-assured piano playing, and the lyrics of 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. And when Elton sings, “The solitary eye I’ve been looking through/Committed to connecting the old ways with the new,” on the gentle ballad “Voyeur,” he seems to suggest that returning to his roots can be a magnificent way to move forward.

Customer Reviews

Home Again

I'm rating the single "Home Again" as the best piece of work I have heard from Elton in a very, very long. I have not been very happy with his previous releases and have been very critical about those recordings. With the exception of songs of the west coast all the records that followed were simply trash and a super lazy attempt to try to recreate the past and they bombed! But now with this new outing I hear something different, something pleasing and something that exited me to purchase the remaining tracks in September. The song Home Again is dark but soothing, the piano work is incredible and the vocal work is pleasing.... Yes he is sounding much older and withered but I'm just not hearing that broadway type singing he had been doing in previous years which was quite honestly annoying. If home again is any indication of the type of material the "Diving Board" is going to contain, we are going to be in for a very big surprise.

Takes time to grow on you….

... but that's a good thing. You really need to invest some time into this record because its a slow burn. At first I only cared for 1 or 2 songs and thought the rest was rubbish but after a few more listening the rest of the album opened up in a beautiful way as all great music does. Its not hook leaden but is much more substantial because of that. I have feeling I'll be playing this one for a long time.

Preview Sounds Great

This album reminds me of Songs From the West Coast - such a great album. It's so nice to know that there are some legendary artists that can still wow you every time. Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant....to name a few. One can always depend on them for putting out great music time and time again - no matter how much time has passed.

Biography

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

Genre: Pop

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

In terms of sales and lasting popularity, Elton John was the biggest pop superstar of the early '70s. Initially marketed as a singer/songwriter, John soon revealed he could craft Beatlesque pop and pound out rockers with equal aplomb. He could dip into soul, disco, and country, as well as classic pop balladry and even progressive rock. His versatility, combined with his effortless melodic skills, dynamic charisma, and flamboyant stage shows, made him the most popular recording artist of the '70s....
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