Elton John
The Diving Board


3.5
great

Review

by Aaron: Non-contributor USER (44 Reviews)
September 21st, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 09/24/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking a dive oceans away...

In all the years Reginald Kenneth Dwight has been in the music industry, he has been renowned for his flamboyant exploits and extraordinary stage presence, as well as his superb skill at the ivory keys; he has managed to make a name for himself as "Elton John." John has released several hit albums, varying from smash hits such as 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', to critical duds such as 'Leather Jackets' and 'Victim of Love.'

Now, in the twilight of his lengthy career, John has dished out yet another impressive record with 'The Diving Board.' Cited by him to be his most piano-centric album yet, 'The Diving Board' went through a long and tired process in which the majority of the material had to be rewritten due to John's dissatisfaction with the then-final product. Now, around a year after its first planned release back last September, 'The Diving Board' is now ready for release. When it was announced as a piano-centric album, and to be his most "adult" album yet, it can be said this could've been like his more recent efforts, which either fell flat or did well as an album. All throughout 'The Diving Board', a good amount of the songs feel samey, with little or no difference in the instrumentation, feeling monotonous in the duration of the album. But in the minor monotony, there are little gems that shine throughout 'The Diving Board.' Songs such as 'Can't Stay Alone Tonight', Take This Dirty Water', Mexican Vacation', and the title track show that John and Bernie Taupin have still got it as a singer-songwriting team, even over forty years later, with the tracks mentioned being reminiscent of tracks from albums such as "Honky Chateau" and "Blue Moves." Other tracks such as "Oceans Away" and lead single, "Home Again" showcase a more personal side to the rocket man, recalling the simplistic writing of "Empty Sky" and the self-titled album back in 1970. "Dream #1, #2 and #3" serve as interesting preludes to the songs that come after it, ("My Quicksand", "The New Fever Waltz", and the title track respectively) as well as building up the album, leading to the penultimate "Dream #3", which compliments the title track very well.

Out of all the issues the album had with songwriting, and the time it took to finish, this managed to be the impressive final product. It could've been a mess, a total and absolute disaster, but it wasn't. It isn't the greatest thing Mr. Elton John has released, but it sure is the best album he's released in years, and perhaps, this could be a new start of something new for Reginald Kenneth Dwight and Bernie Taupin? I guess that’s something we’ll have to wait for in the coming years, but for now, this is as good as it gets.



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spartanawasp
September 20th 2013


303 Comments


I read The Diving Beard.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
September 21st 2013


7397 Comments


Cool review. I may give it a whirl out of sheer curiosity.

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ViperAces
September 21st 2013


12439 Comments


would i like it if i liked his classic stuff?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2013


14450 Comments


Prob not I mean it's not even 20 years old yet.

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ClitTounge
September 21st 2013


6 Comments


Good review, keep it up. pos

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
September 21st 2013


16026 Comments


shit i cant stand elton john, nice job on review tho

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ViperAces
September 22nd 2013


12439 Comments


sweet dude, ill check it out.
next time you should review dont shoot me, that album is pure glam rock awesomeness.

@mena: what??? but you love david bowie? weird

DarthMann
September 24th 2013


13815 Comments


thought that was freddy krueger on the cover

and mena hates elton john cuz he thinks gays are evil lol

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
September 25th 2013


13271 Comments


lol

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zakalwe
September 25th 2013


8261 Comments


Elton John is the most obnoxious, belligerent, selfish, egotistical, vain ring piece going. That is fact.

ViperAces
September 25th 2013


12439 Comments


so are blackmore and waters. who cares as long as the music is fantastic

zakalwe
September 25th 2013


8261 Comments


True it just tarnishes it a bit if the people involved are so immeasurably arseholey

ViperAces
September 25th 2013


12439 Comments


is elton john really an asshole though? never heard that being said about him :O what did he do?

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2013


14450 Comments


Yeah he's a real dick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEpKjvBcDFo

ViperAces
September 25th 2013


12439 Comments


not sure about that vid dude, reporter was being a kind of an asshole

zakalwe
September 25th 2013


8261 Comments


Saw that documentary tantrums and tiaras and he just came across as a total out of touch pampered tosser.

Since then there's footage of him responding to a female journalists' question with "I hope you get cancer of the cunt" said with such hate it's ridiculous.

Also have a mate who is a copper who stopped him from driving up a restricted road at Wembley Stadium and old Elton replied something like "don't you know who I am you wretch"

The bloke is just a pompous prick.

ViperAces
September 25th 2013


12439 Comments


hmm too bad, never thought of him as a douche

DrHouseSchuldiner
September 25th 2013


5643 Comments


i should check this guy at some point never heard a single album by him where should i start ?

ViperAces
September 25th 2013


12439 Comments


and goodbye yellow brick road

Gassman3268
November 19th 2013


166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, Elton still has it. Pretty damn good!



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