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Review: 'Diving Board' delves deep into the classic Elton John sound
Review: 'Diving Board' delves deep into the classic Elton John sound

Were it released in the LP era, Elton John's "The Diving Board" would have arrived as a fancy double gatefold album, 15 songs separated by instrumental miniatures to open each side. Such a presentation would have added an extra layer of import, signaling the arrival of an album to be taken seriously amid toss-away hitmakers. An assured record that addresses history and drama with poise and confidence, the veteran pianist and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin tackle melody and story as they've done before — while visiting a vividly imagined musical realm. Those longing for the easy comfort of the classic Elton sound, one that dances around the treacle without falling into it, will find...

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