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Various Artists, 'Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin'
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Various Artists, 'Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin'

We Say: [T]he country-themed Restoration [is] a revelation. Tyros (Maren Morris) and legends (Dolly Parton) mine deep cuts to reveal in John's songs a very country strain of stoic melancholy. Miranda Lambert delivers a stormy "My Father's Gun"; Don Henley and Vince Gill wring pathos from the divorce lament "Sacrifice," one of John's loveliest tunes. The album concludes with Willie Nelson's quietly epic ramble through "Border Song" – one 20th century legend welcoming another to music's Mt. Olympus. J.R.

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