'Peachtree Road', Elton John's 2004 studio album easily rivals the best work of his illustrious career. The album features 12 brand new Elton John and Bernie Taupin songs, including the sublime first single, `All That Im Allowed (I'm Thankful)' out November 1st. `Peachtree Road' was recorded in Atlanta and produced for the first time by Elton John himself. As the name suggests, `Peachtree Road' is heavily influenced by the sound of the American South, at times incorporating a choir, pedal steel, acoustic guitar as well as his trademark, piano virtuosity. The album has an irrepressible live quality and follows the acclaimed multi-platinum,`Songs From the West Coast' released in 2002. Universal. 2004.
It's relatively easy to launch a comeback. It's far harder to maintain one. The follow-up to 2001's warmly received (by critics, anyway) Songs from the West Coast
indicates Elton John is committed to following through on his late career critical renaissance. Entirely self-produced and featuring his trusty band on each song (and have any sidemen been more stalwart than Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson?), Peachtree Road
's noble ambitions aren't entirely realized. Starting strong with the telling "Weight of the World" ("Happy to play with the weight of the world off my back") and Americana-flavored "Porch Swing in Tupelo," the 12-song set loses momentum as it progresses. Overproduction rears its glitzy head most egregiously in "All That I'm Allowed." Still, the young Elton John who took the singer-songwriter movement to new heights in the early '70s with the likes of Tumbleweed Connection
and Honky Chateau
is in evidence on Peachtree Road
. He's laid the groundwork to totally throw caution to the wind and make a truly great album. Next time, perhaps? --Steven Stolder