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September 20, 2013
Vol. 55 No. 3

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Writer appreciates artist's ability to remain simple

Elton John, the original Lady Gaga, is still thriving on superstardom with the release of his 30th studio album, "The Diving Board."
Sir Elton has been busy at work over the past few years, collaborating with extremely random artists from The Killers to Queens of the Stone Age to Gaga to Fall Out Boy.
It came as a bit of surprise to see that he was still able to release an album that is reminiscent of the quintessential Elton, circa pre-Captain Fantastic 1970s.
The majority of the album is stripped down to Elton on piano and singing, with Raphael Saadic on bass and Jay Bellerose on drums.
The simplicity of the three-piece core further evokes the lyrical themes of nostalgia, travel and discovery, best evidenced in his numbers "Voyeur" and "Home Again".
The album builds up and closes with the title track, "The Diving Board," which serves as a slow and spacious meditation, reflecting on the brink of youthful potential.
It seems that Elton John, now in his 60s, is beginning to accept his adulthood.

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