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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 September 2013
As most other reviewers have said this is a superb album, continuing Elton's resurgence as a serious album artist since Songs From The West Coast in 2001.

This certainly matches anything he has done since his heyday, and its a lot better than nearly everything from the 80s and 90s which for me were all spoilt (despite some great songs) by the production values of the day. How Elton sounded, with hideous drum machines etc, was so important for the 'pop' market back then that his talent was to some extent buried. Here the songs are given space to breath. Elements of blues, gospel and even a hint of Jazz are all present, with Elton's Piano high in the mix. And the Piano is played with more variety and different styles than I have heard on an album before. Dream #3 hints at the influence of artists like Keith Jarrett who I know Elton is a admirer of, and even The Neil Cowley Trio.

In more traditional Elton mode there are some great tracks. My Quicksand (with another Jazz hint), the title track, New Fever Waltz, Mexican Vacation, Home Again are all gems. Like a previous reviewer I'll stop or else I'll list the whole album.

The bonus tracks on the deluxe edition consist of Candlelit Bedroom, which is good, but I can understand why it wasn't part of the main album as it doesn't really fit. Then there are the 3 live versions from the Capitol Studios performance. These are great. Elton shows what a terrific live artist he is here. Clearly they were very well rehearsed, as The New Fever Waltz, and Mexican Vacation are better than the studio originals in my opinion.

I'm fairly convinced that in time this album will be the definitive late Elton John album to own. Of course he could make another classic, but whether his voice will be able to produce performances like this when he is 70+ is doubtful. We can but hope....
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