Like everything, you will get the likes & don't likes. I think it is such a waste of time comparing the new with the old. If i want to listen to old or past Elton albums i can just do that,i have them all!
There would be no use for me to keep buying Elton's new albums if they were all like his past works. When i first listened to this album i was very disappointed & honestly did not like it at all except for 4 tracks,but that all changed after several more listens & letting it soak in. I find this new record very fresh & new with lots of piano & bass which i love. The songs are great with interesting melodies & lyrics & Elton's voice is in top form.
This is certainly no commercial pop/rock album, as Elton himself said it is his most adult record. This has become one of my favorites,i am pleased that Elton continues to make records that keeps fans satisfied,they sure are satisfying top critics giving it rave reviews. This is to me a very special album which continues to prove Elton is a musical genius.