Album Reviews: Peachtree Road by Elton JohnI cringe when I hear that someone like Elton John is putting out yet another new album. He’s a member of an elite and brilliant group of artists that should’ve known when to retire, but didn’t and don’t (yeah, I’m looking at you, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Mick Jagger...). It’s like watching a former MVP quarterback who keeps playing way past his prime -- you wince every time you see them take a strong hit from a linebacker. I’m happy to report that Peachtree Road isn’t a total fumble, but it doesn't add much to John's career stats.
Complete with slide guitar and references to porch swings and tupelo, Elton John’s 43rd album takes a stab at the American South. It seems his admiration and time spent with Ryan Adams has paid off a bit. On “Weight of the World” and “Porch Swing in Tupelo,” he pulls off the Americana (albeit with classic Elton John stylings) sound with effortless grace. Unfortunately, the album quickly slips back into the indiscernible, run-of-the-mill schlock that has dominated the past twenty years of John's career. For a few brief moments on this album, I heard signs of something to get excited about. I quickly realized it was just the rehashing of the great bass lines and pop hooks from “Your Song,” “Goodbye Yellowbrick Road,” and “Somebody Saved My Life Tonight.”
No one can deny the talent and the importance of Elton John. But nothing off of this release will be included in his next greatest hits collection. - Doug Kamin
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