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Elton John, 'The Diving Board'
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25. Elton John, 'The Diving Board'

Sir Elton reunites with rock & roll curator T Bone Burnett and old writing partner Bernie Taupin for a return to classic piano-man form. Mixing singer-songwriter balladry, music-hall storytelling, corner-church testifying and parlor-room nostalgia, it's the sound of a legend with his showbiz guard dropped.

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