The Diving Board - Elton John
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  • Summary: Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the first solo album in over seven years for the pop singer-songwriter is a return to the more stripped down sound of his earlier career built around a piano, bass and drums.
  • Record Label: Capitol
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Soft Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. 100
    The singer has matched Bernie Taupin's best crop of lyrics for years with his own most emotively apt melodies to produce a collection that both harks back to the intrigues and interests of his earliest recordings, yet manages to break new ground, quite an achievement for an artist in his sixth decade.
  2. 83
    It's slightly overlong and noodly in spots. [4 Oct 2013, p.64]
  3. Sep 24, 2013
    The Diving Board succeeds where the others did not. It does so by putting John’s piano and voice front and center, offering memorable melodies, and scraping off the production glop to reveal again the musician, the vocalist, the emotional artist still alive under John’s shiny shell of professional fabulousness.
  4. Sep 12, 2013
    The Diving Board is an adult affair, but impressive enough to explore, and reinforces Elton’s continuing creative renaissance.
  5. 70
    Yes aging is difficult but Elton and Bernie seem to be making a good job of it. [Oct 2013, p.91]
  6. 60
    He's no Marcel Proust, but full credit for producing what's an unusually thoughtful album in contemporary pop music terms. Even if it is a bit morbid.
  7. Sep 24, 2013
    The Diving Board feels like an album made by somebody who’s spent the last few years performing the same set list night after night in Vegas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Dec 15, 2013
    I was never a big fan of Elton's hit's. I found solitude in his songs that were tucked away on his albums that unless you are an advert fan of Elton you might never hear. Songs like Cry to heaven. or One more arrow to name a few. I am thrilled to have this Elton album in my collection. I have listened to it several times and will continue to do so until I know every lyric. I love Elton John when he is being Elton John and not so much the performer.... Collapse
  2. Nov 15, 2013
    Elton John at his best, even better when it comes to pure classical piano. Every song is so heartfelt and the way the piano is masterfully highlighted in most songs makes this album entirely captivating in my view. Expand
  3. Feb 1, 2014
    I'm sorry, but this is very boring. It pains me to say such a thing about Elton John's work, but it is. The whole album just feels like one long snooze. Even the 3 'Dream' tracks, which are the only redeeming aspect, are pretty short to make a difference. Expand