Elton John: Home Again

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Posted June 28, 2013 by in Adult contemporary

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3.5/ 5

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Genre: Adult-contemporary
 
Producer: T-Bone Burnett
 
Writer: Elton John, Bernie Taupin
 
Label: Capitol, Mercury
 
Format: Digital download, streaming
 
Release Date: 24 June 2013
 

Pros:

Warm production levels, Taupin's sentimental lyrics, Groban-like AC works well on the the older Elton
 

Cons:

Too beach-y and sleepy for some. Too lukewarm for a radio single.
 

The Rocket Man returns home on AC-friendly single He’s done AC, Philly soul, piano pop, rock and Broadway. So where else can Elton John go? With a career that spans over four decades, the 66-year old decided to travel a rustic Americana expedition with Leon Russell on The Union. The T-Bone Burnett-produced workout – complimentary […]

by J Matthew Cobb
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The Rocket Man returns home on AC-friendly single

He’s done AC, Philly soul, piano pop, rock and Broadway. So where else can Elton John go? With a career that spans over four decades, the 66-year old decided to travel a rustic Americana expedition with Leon Russell on The Union. The T-Bone Burnett-produced workout – complimentary to John’s The Captain and the Kid – served as a return to basics for Sir Elton, and will probably be template used on his forthcoming album, The Diving Board. “Home Again,” the first single from that album, is a calming candlelit drama patched with easy-listening piano, tranquil ocean-like sounds  and subdued strings. Lyricist Bernie Taupin has also discovered a clever way for John to turn back the pages of time as if he’s lost in a memory book. And then when the spotlight shines on him, John seems to wallow in a pool of regret: “Could have been a jailbreak and the spotlight hitting me/Or was I just some night club singer in 1963.”  As John’s examines the depths of his lower register – now a bit more rugged and huskier than before, a bit more soulful around the edges, he finds a brilliant way of telling the story of a hapless wanderer, even if one raises the question if the lyrics bear some significance to John’s own life: “We all dream of leaving but wind up in the end/Spending all our time trying to get back home again.” Regardless of the final answer, the song sounds like a “Candle in the Wind” trapped in a Josh Groban serenade. For John, it works. It might not be a Top 40 novelty hit, but it’s certainly a winner for the books.

 

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ELTON JOHN – HOME AGAIN

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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