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Diving Board (2013)

Artist: Elton John
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Format: CD
Sku: 254164433
UPC: 602537452804
UPC 14: 00602537452804
Release Date: 9/24/2013
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Oceans Away
2. Oscar Wilde Gets Out
3. Town Called Jubilee, A
4. Ballad of Blind Tom, The
5. Dream, Pt. 1
6. My Quicksand
7. Can't Stay Alone Tonight
8. Voyeur
9. Home Again
10. Take This Dirty Water
11. Dream, Pt. 2
12. New Fever Waltz, The
13. Mexican Vacation (Kids In the Candlelight)
14. Dream, Pt. 3
15. Diving Board, The
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Jason Wormer.
Muze PNote Recording information: The Village, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Tim Barber.
Muze PNote So the story goes like this. Inspired by their work on the Leon Russell duet album The Union, producer T-Bone Burnett encouraged Elton John to return to making albums like he used to in the old days for 2013's The Diving Board, harking back to the days when he wrote quickly and recorded with little more than a rhythm section. This all sounds like a major shift in aesthetic for John, but Elton has been on a decade-long quest to tap into that old magic, beginning his voyage into the past with 2001's Songs from the West Coast and getting progressively elliptical with each subsequent release. The Diving Board does indeed evoke ghosts of Elton past but it never suggests the hits. It's an album consisting almost entirely of songs that riff on "Sixty Years On" and "Rotten Peaches" -- long, languid ballads or open-ended blues-rockers where atmosphere trumps hooks. Occasionally, Elton musters up elongated melodies that eventually catch hold, but The Diving Board isn't a collection of finely sculpted pop; it's a set of song poems and ballads, all placing emphasis on mood, not immediacy. This is an exceptional idea in theory; in practice it is ever so slightly formless, floating whenever it should be taking root. There are moments where the tempo gets ever so slightly sprightly -- "Take This Dirty Water" has a dirty gospel shuffle reminiscent of a toned-down "Take Me to the Pilot," "The Ballad of Blind Tom" is faithful to the spirit of Tumbleweed Connection, "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" not only rocks but has a welcome gust of tastelessness -- but that only emphasizes just how ponderous the rest of the record is. There is much that is admirable about The Diving Board -- the feel is spacious and haunting, the ambition is commendable -- but the emphasis on tone over song means it leaves only wistful wisps of melancholia behind with the actual songs seeming like faded, distant memories. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: T-Bone Burnett

Engineer: Jason Wormer

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Associated Artists and Works

Two Rooms: Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin ~ Artists, Various
Boko Suzuki
Cast, Original
Classic Dream Orchestra
Dido
Fedd, Jimmy
Gaga, Lady
Jimmy Fedd
On, Pickin'
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All the King's Men [Original Motion Picture Soundt ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickin' On
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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2013
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2013
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001866802
Music Label Name Label : Capitol
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602537452804

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.81)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t returns Elton to the kind of spare, country-flavored narrative songs with which he made his name..."

Entertainment Weekly (p.64)
- "John reteams with rootsy producer T Bone Burnett, trading Vegas-size pomp for spartan simplicity." -- Grade: B

Mojo (Publisher)
(p.87)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "There is much melancholy here, but he sounds comfortable singing songs that carry the weight of experience."

Product Attributes
Product attributeArtist:   John,Elton
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
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