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  • 24Emmy
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    First single — “Home Again”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdRUQWVGENo#t=83

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    David Buchanan
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    To preface this message – since I don’t post in the Grammy message board very often – I’ve been a fan of Elton’s for quite some time, and have seen him in concert at least a dozen times; I’d consider him one of my top 5 artists.

    I wish The Diving Board would come out on September 13, but it’s actually coming out September 24.

    I’m really anticipating this album! His last album, The Union with Leon Russell, was excellent and a real return to form. The style of this album, returning to his Troubadour band set-up, promises something really special.

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    24Emmy
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    I wish The Diving Board would come out on September 13, but it’s actually coming out September 24.

    Thanks for the correction. I wonder which song he’ll perform for the Emmys Liberace tribute.

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    David Buchanan
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    For anyone interested, Amazon is streaming the entire album for free until the official release!

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?ie=UTF8&docId=1001386841 

    I have listened through once, and am undecided as to how I feel. There are some tracks (Oscar Wilde Gets Out, The Ballad of Blind Tom, The Diving Board, and the three Dream interludes) that are immediate favorites, but the rest of the album is so ballad-heavy, and they all feel redundant to more recent works, i.e. Peachtree Road, Captain and the Kid, etc.

    I hope my appreciation increases upon more listens, as I’m sure it will, but I’m underwhelmed considering the brilliant early reviews this album received. I would say The Union is better. 

    I’ll post a full review after I have had a while to settle down with the material! 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    David Buchanan
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    RollingStone has published their review, and it’s a great one! 

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-diving-board-20130913

    Seems like most critics (that have released reviews, at least) are all very favorable.

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    24Emmy
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    Grammy contender?

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    David Buchanan
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    Grammy contender?

    Despite the positive reviews, I can’t imagine this makes a splash at the Grammy Awards. His last album, The Union, with Leon Russell only received “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals” for the first single.

    I would love to see Elton earn Grammy nominations, but he seems to have fallen off their radar, unfortunately!

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    Elton is not really a Grammy favorite and his bitchy personality has left him with little industry support. The album may receive stellar reviews, but I think he’d be lucky to get one nomination. I was not impressed with the single, but hopefully the album is better than I expected.

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    Elton is not really a Grammy favorite and his bitchy personality has left him with little industry support. The album may receive stellar reviews, but I think he’d be lucky to get one nomination. I was not impressed with the single, but hopefully the album is better than I expected.

    I wouldn’t say he has “little” industry support; he’s considered a pop-music icon and legend, and is still revered by many.

    A word of warning before you listen to the album, ArmyOfMe, that it needs repeat listenings to develop an appreciation! There are very few songs on the album that have immediate hooks, but multiple listens really reveal the beautiful lyrics and melodies.

    After my fourth time through, I certainly am enjoying it more than I did originally. 

    Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.

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    Army Of Me
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    I mention the industry support because I think his reputation and legacy have been tainted by his bitchy behavior. Elton is among my absolute favorites, but I think he’s viewed as mostly the epitome of a drama queen these days. Or at least that is the perception I get.

    PianoMann, I’ll probably listen to the album in a few weeks. But right now I don’t have high expectations.

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    David Buchanan
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    The album came out yesterday in the US, and last week in the UK.  It debuted at #3 on the UK charts, and I’m anxious to see where exactly it ends up on the US charts!

    Did anyone buy the album? What are your thoughts? I’m so pleased to say that my opinion has increased immensely since I first started listening to it on the Amazon stream. Thoroughly enjoying most of the tracks, and the entire album as a cohesive piece!     

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    David Buchanan
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    The Diving Board debuts at Number 4 on the Billboard 200, with 47,000 albums sold in its first week. This is Elton’s eighteenth Top 10 album!

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5740754/drake-leads-debut-filled-top-four-on-billboard-200 

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