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Elton John, 'The Diving Board' (9/24)

Joseph Guay

"Just one more time, for old times' sake, I'd like to go back home again," Elton John sings on "Home Again" – a standout cut from his first solo LP in seven years. The disc, produced by T Bone Burnett (who also helmed his 2010 collaboration with Leon Russell), spotlights John's vocals and piano over little more than bass and drums, the same way he used to record in the earliest days of his career. Another way the album is a throwback: "It was written in five days," says a proud Sir Elton, "and recorded in five days."

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