It's always a pleasure to see a veteran star rediscovering his best form, and Elton John has been on a roll recently with The Captain and the Kid and The Union, his excellent collaboration with Leon Russell.
The Diving Board sees him hitting a new peak, with simple, effective tunes and lyricist Bernie Taupin digging deep into the thoughts of each song's protagonist, including one of John's fellow gay icons in Oscar Wilde Gets Out.
It also has his best piano playing in years, blending authority and gentleness in everything from the elegant Home Again and The New Fever Waltz to the bluesy churn of Can't Stay Alone Tonight and Take This Dirty Water - and, of course, there's some of Taupin's trademark storytelling from an idealised rural America in A Town Called Jubilee and The Ballad of Blind Tom.
Best tracks: Voyeur, Take This Dirty Water
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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