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The Diving Board
The Diving Board
is the twenty-ninth studio album by British singer-songwriter Elton John.[2] It is the second of his studio releases since 1979's Victim of Love without any of his regular band members.[3][4] The album was released in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2013, and debuted at No. 3 on the UK album chart, his highest charting studio album in that country since 2001's Songs from the West Coast, and at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. It is also his highest-charting solo album in the United States since Blue Moves
Blue Moves
in 1976. However, after just eight weeks the album fell off the charts completely. The album's premiere single, "Home Again", was released on 24 June 2013, the same day the album became available for pre-order. On 28 August 2013, a video for "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" was released on YouTube.

Contents

1 Production 2 Reception

2.1 Critical 2.2 Commercial 2.3 Accolades

3 Track listing 4 Charts

4.1 Weekly charts 4.2 Certifications

5 Release history 6 Editions 7 Personnel 8 Production 9 References

Production[edit] The album was written by Elton John
Elton John
and Bernie Taupin
Bernie Taupin
and produced in Los Angeles by The Union producer T-Bone Burnett. Burnett suggested that John return to the piano, bass and drums format of his very early years and the result, John says, is "the most exciting solo record I've done in a long, long time."[5] The Diving Board
The Diving Board
was initially written in two days.[6] The album's release date was pushed back: though the record was originally planned for release in the fall of 2012, it was revealed on Taupin's website that it would instead be released in February 2013 for promotional reasons.[7] Later, it was pushed back again. It was revealed on 28 September 2012 in Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
magazine that John was dissatisfied with the balance on the album and that he had started to write more new songs for the album. He believed that many of the songs had a theme and that he wanted to write more songs after sitting on the project for so long.[8] During a concert at the Perth Arena
Perth Arena
in Perth, Australia on 10 November 2012, John revealed that The Diving Board's release would be pushed back further, to May 2013.[9] The delay in release was because John was to record more material for the album with Burnett in January 2013.[10] On 8 January 2013 it was revealed by Taupin's website that the title of the album had been changed from The Diving Board
The Diving Board
to Voyeur.[11][12] An article on Billboard published on 23 February 2013 revealed that the release date had once again been pushed back, this time until September 2013; the title of the album was back to The Diving Board again. The article also revealed the revised track list, which includes four new songs mixed in with the original material. A song originally stated for release on the album, titled "5th Avenue" (6:18), had been dropped. John called the revised album "The most piano-oriented album of my career" and said "It's my most adult album".[13] In total the album's release had been pushed back four times. The album's premiere single "Home Again" was released on 24 June 2013, the same day the album became available for pre-order.[14] On 28 August 2013, a video for "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" was released on YouTube, being the album's second single.[1] Reception[edit]

Professional ratings

Aggregate scores

Source Rating

Metacritic 71/100[15]

Review scores

Source Rating

Allmusic [16]

The Guardian [17]

The Independent [18]

Los Angeles Times [19]

Rolling Stone [20]

Critical[edit] The Diving Board
The Diving Board
received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 71, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 24 reviews. Many critics praise the album as a "great return to form" and one of John's best albums of recent years and of his career.[21] Alan Light of Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
gave the album a four star review commending its spare instrumentation and focus, saying that John has "regained his sense of musical possibility and taken a brave, graceful jump".[22] Robert Hilburn, who famously reviewed John's American debut at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, praised The Diving Board's "finely crafted and deeply moving" songs that celebrate the past in a "fresh and revealing" manner. Hilburn goes on to say that if these songs had been played at the Troubadour in 1970 John would still have been "showered with applause and acclaim".[23] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic was less enthusiastic. In a mixed review, he stated that the album is an "exceptional idea in theory; in practice it is ever so slightly formless."[16] Commercial[edit] In the United Kingdom, The Diving Board
The Diving Board
reached No. 3 on the album chart on its first week of release behind indie rock band Arctic Monkeys and Swedish dance music producer Avicii,[24] selling 22,000 copies in its first week. The album was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry
British Phonographic Industry
on 10 January 2014, signifiying sales of 60,000 copies in the UK. In the United States, the album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
albums chart on its first week, with 47,000 copies sold. It is Elton John's 18th top 10 album on the chart.[25] As of December 2015, the album has sold 150,000 copies in the US.[26] It also debuted at No. 7 on the Canadian Albums chart.[27] The single "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" became Elton John's 70th song to appear on the Adult Contemporary
Adult Contemporary
chart in the US, further extending his record for the most appearances on that chart that first began with "Your Song" in 1970.[28] Accolades[edit] Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
placed the album at No. 25 on its list of the 50 Best Albums of 2013.[29] Track listing[edit] All lyrics written by Bernie Taupin; all music composed by Elton John.

No. Title Length

1. "Oceans Away" 3:58

2. " Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Gets Out" 4:35

3. "A Town Called Jubilee" 4:30

4. "The Ballad of Blind Tom" 4:12

5. "Dream #1" ( Instrumental interlude) 0:40

6. "My Quicksand" 4:47

7. "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" 4:48

8. "Voyeur" 4:16

9. "Home Again" 5:01

10. "Take This Dirty Water" 4:25

11. "Dream #2" ( Instrumental interlude) 0:43

12. "The New Fever Waltz" 4:38

13. "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" 3:34

14. "Dream #3" ( Instrumental interlude) 1:37

15. "The Diving Board" 5:59

Total length: 57:45

Deluxe edition bonus tracks

No. Title Length

16. "Candlelit Bedroom" 4:14

17. "Home Again" (Live from Capitol Studios) 5:19

18. "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" (Live from Capitol Studios) 4:28

19. "The New Fever Waltz" (Live from Capitol Studios) 4:42

Total length: 76:28

Super deluxe edition bonus DVD: Live from Capitol Recording Studios

No. Title Length

1. " T-Bone Burnett
T-Bone Burnett
introduction"  

2. "The New Fever Waltz"  

3. "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)"  

4. "Home Again"  

5. "Behind The Diving Board
The Diving Board
with Elton John"  

6. "Closing credits"  

Target.com USA and Japan limited edition

No. Title Length

1. "Oceans Away" 3:57

2. " Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde
Gets Out" 4:35

3. "A Town Called Jubilee" 4:29

4. "The Ballad of Blind Tom" 4:12

5. "Dream No. 1" ( Instrumental interlude) 0:39

6. "My Quicksand" 4:46

7. "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" 4:48

8. "Voyeur" 4:16

9. "Home Again" 5:01

10. "Take This Dirty Water" 4:24

11. "Dream No. 2" ( Instrumental interlude) 0:43

12. "The New Fever Waltz" 4:38

13. "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" 3:33

14. "Dream No. 3" ( Instrumental interlude) 1:36

15. "The Diving Board" 5:55

16. "Candlelit Bedroom" 4:13

17. "Gauguin Gone Hollywood" 4:18

18. "5th Avenue" 4:22

19. "Home Again" (Live from Capitol Studios) 5:19

20. "Mexican Vacation (Kids in the Candlelight)" (Live from Capitol Studios) 4:27

21. "The New Fever Waltz" (Live from Capitol Studios) 4:42

Total length: 84:54

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position

Australian Albums Chart[30] 26

Austrian Albums Chart[31] 13

Belgian Album
Album
Chart (Flanders)[32] 33

Belgian Album
Album
Chart (Wallonia)[32] 20

Canadian Albums Chart[33] 7

Croatian Western Albums Chart[34] 9

Czech Albums Chart[35] 11

Danish Albums Chart[30] 6

Dutch Albums Chart[30] 22

French Albums Chart[30] 24

German Albums Chart[36] 11

Irish Albums Chart[30] 14

Italian Albums Chart[37] 12

Japanese Albums Chart[38] 100

New Zealand Albums Chart[30] 20

Norwegian Top 40[30] 10

Spanish Albums Chart[30] 36

Swedish Albums Chart[30] 42

Swiss Albums Chart[30] 7

UK Albums (OCC)[39] 3

US Billboard 200[40] 4

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification

United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Silver

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label Catalog

Australia[42] 13 September 2013 CD, LP, digital download Mercury Records 3744867

United Kingdom[43] 16 September 2013 3744867

United States/Canada[43] 24 September 2013 Capitol Records B0018688-02

Editions[edit]

Standard edition: 15-track album[44] Deluxe edition: 19-track album[45] Super deluxe edition: 19-track album with DVD Live from Capitol Recording Studios [not available as MP3][46] Double LP[47] Amazon.com USA exclusive edition: Deluxe album with a reproduction of 1970 Troubadour Concert Poster[48] Walmart.com USA exclusive edition: Deluxe album with a bonus DVD of Live at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR, June 2013 For Walmart Shareholders Target.com USA exclusive edition: 2CD version with three session tracks. Two unavailable on any other format[48] BestBuy.com USA exclusive edition: Deluxe album with a bonus DVD of the making of The Million Dollar Piano
Piano
Show Japanese exclusive edition: SHM 2CD version with three session tracks. Two unavailable on any other format[48]

Personnel[edit]

Elton John
Elton John
– piano, vocals [13] (1-4, 6-10, 12, 13, 15) Jack Ashford
Jack Ashford
– tambourine[13] (3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 13) Jay Bellerose – drums[13] (2, 3, 4, 6-10, 12-15) George Bohanon – baritone horn (9), trombone (12, 15), euphonium (12, 15) Doyle Bramhall II
Doyle Bramhall II
– guitar[13] (3, 10) Bill Cantos – backing vocals (3, 4, 7, 10, 13) Alvin Chea – backing vocals (3, 4, 7, 13) Keefus Ciancia
Keefus Ciancia
– keyboards[13] (2, 3, 4, 6-10, 12) Carmel Echols – backing vocals (3, 10, 13) Chuck Findley – flugelhorn (9) Bruce Fowler – trombone (9) Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
Hammond B3 organ
Hammond B3 organ
(15) Stjepan Hauser
Stjepan Hauser
– cello (2, 4, 12) Judith Hill
Judith Hill
– backing vocals (3, 10, 13) Darrell Leonard – horn arrangements (9, 12, 15), flugelhorn (9, 12, 15), trumpet (12), bass trumpet (12) Bill Maxwell – BGV arrangements (3, 4, 7, 10, 13) Perry Morgan – backing vocals (3, 4, 7, 13) Ira Nepus – trombone (12, 15) David Plitch – Arco bass (9) Louis Price – backing vocals (3, 4, 7, 13) William Roper – tuba (9, 12, 15) Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq
– bass guitar[13] (2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12-15) Rose Stone – backing vocals (10) Luka Šulić
Luka Šulić
– cello (2, 4, 12)

Production[edit]

Producer – T-Bone Burnett Recorded and Mixed by Jason Wormer Second Engineers – Jeff Gartenbaum, Chris Owens and Vanessa Parr Assistant Mix Engineers – Zachary Dawes and Chris Owens Mixed at The Village Recorder and Olympic Studios
Olympic Studios
(Los Angeles). Mastered by Gavin Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering (Hollywood, CA). Equipment Technician – Zachary Dawes Piano
Piano
Technician – Carl Lieberman Art Direction – Mat Maitland Photography – Tim Barber Creative Director – Tony King

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Elton John
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Elton John

Discography Albums Singles Videography Awards

Studio albums

Empty Sky Elton John Tumbleweed Connection Madman Across the Water Honky Château Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano
Piano
Player Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Caribou Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy Rock of the Westies Blue Moves A Single Man Victim of Love 21 at 33 The Fox Jump Up! Too Low for Zero Breaking Hearts Ice on Fire Leather Jackets Reg Strikes Back Sleeping with the Past The One Duets Made in England The Big Picture Songs from the West Coast Peachtree Road The Captain & the Kid The Union The Diving Board Wonderful Crazy Night

Live albums

17-11-70 Here and There Live in Australia with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden

Soundtrack albums

Friends The Lion King The Muse Elton John
Elton John
and Tim Rice's Aida The Road to El Dorado Gnomeo & Juliet

Compilation albums

Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Volume II The Thom Bell Sessions Lady Samantha Greatest Hits Vol. 3 The Complete Thom Bell Sessions To Be Continued The Very Best of Elton John Rare Masters Greatest Hits 1976–1986 The Superior Sound of Elton John Chartbusters Go Pop Classic Elton John Love Songs Prologue Greatest Hits 1970–2002 Elton John's Christmas Party Rocket Man: The Definitive Hits Diamonds

Other albums

Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John
Elton John
& Bernie Taupin Good Morning to the Night Revamp & Restoration

Video albums

The Afternoon Concert The Night Time Concert Night and Day Concert Live in Australia The Very Best of Elton John Live in Barcelona Love Songs Elton John
Elton John
One Night Only – The Greatest Hits Dream Ticket Elton 60 – Live at Madison Square Garden The Red Piano

Concert tours

1970 World Tour West of the Rockies Tour Louder Than Concorde Tour 1980 World Tour Jump Up Tour Too Low for Zero Tour European Express Tour Breaking Hearts Tour Ice on Fire
Ice on Fire
Tour Tour De Force Reg Strikes Back
Reg Strikes Back
Tour Sleeping with the Past Tour The One Tour Face to Face 1994 Face to Face 1995 Made in England Tour Big Picture Tour Face to Face 1998 An Evening with Elton John Medusa Tour Stately Home Tour Face to Face 2001 Songs from the West Coast Tour Face to Face 2002 A Journey Through Time 2003 Tour Face to Face 2003 2004 Tour Peachtree Road Tour 2006 European Tour The Captain and the Kid Tour Rocket Man: Greatest Hits Live Face to Face 2009 Face to Face 2010 2010 European Tour Greatest Hits Tour 40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man The Diving Board
The Diving Board
Tour Follow the Yellow Brick Road Tour All the Hits Tour The Final Curtain Tour Wonderful Crazy Night
Wonderful Crazy Night
Tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Concert residencies

The Red Piano The Million Dollar Piano

Miscellaneous performances

List of Elton John
Elton John
and Ray Cooper concert tours The Union Tour

Musicals

The Lion King

animated live-action musical

Billy Elliot the Musical Aida Lestat The Devil Wears Prada

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AIDS Foundation Watford F.C. Bluesology Hookfoot Woodside, Old Windsor The Union Elton John: Me, Myself & I Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras Elton John: The Classic Years

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