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Peachtree Road [Elton John]
1. Weight of the World
2. Porch Swing in Tupelo
3. Answer in the Sky
4. Turn the Lights Out When You Leave
5. My Elusive Drug
6. They Call Her the Cat
7. Freaks in Love
8. All That I'm Allowed
9. I Stop and I Breathe
10. Too Many Tears
11. It's Getting Dark in Here
12. I Can't Keep This from You
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 000356702
Elton John; Elton John
Personnel: Elton John (vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, background vocals); Elton John; John Jorgenson (pedal steel guitar); Anatoly Rosinsky, Robin Olson, Joel Derouin, Mark Robertson , Sid Page, Phillipe Levy, Charlie Bisharat, Endre Granat (violin); James V. Ross, Brian Dembow, Simon Oswell, Victoria Miskolszy (viola); Martin Tillman (cello, electric cello); Timothy Landauer, Stephen Erdody (cello); Guy Babylon (Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ, programming); Bob Birch (bass guitar, background vocals); Mark Ford , Adam McKnight, Charles Bullock, Terrence Davis, L'Tanya Sheilds, Alecia Terry, M. Denise Sims, Rosalind McKinght, Todd Honeycutt (background vocals); Davey Johnstone (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, baritone guitar, dobro, mandolin, sitar, background vocals); Walter Parazaider (tenor saxophone); Larry Klimas (baritone saxophone); Lee Loughnane (trumpet); Jimmy Pankow (trombone); Nigel Olsson (drums, background vocals); John Mahon (percussion, programming, background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Matt Still.
Recording information: Silent Sound, Atlanta, GA; The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Tree Studios, Atlanta, GA.
Photographer: Sam Taylor-Wood.
In 2001, Elton John reconvened with longtime lyrical collaborator Bernie Taupin and recorded SONGS FROM THE WEST COAST, a collection that hearkened back to the duo's golden age in the 1970s and immediately drew comparisons to classic albums MADMAN ACROSS THE WATER and HONKY CHATEAU. Three years later, the duo went back into the studio and emerged with PEACHTREE ROAD, a record packed with the kind of rustic-sounding pop that brings to mind TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION (and whose title was inspired by John's adopted home in Georgia).
Keeping it in the musical family, longtime band members Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olsson are aboard, with the former adding musical-director duties to his usual guitar-playing responsibilities. Showcasing a voice that's gotten deeper and richer with age, John wisely sticks to a set that is predominantly made up of ballads, ranging from the lush, "countrypolitan" stylings of "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave" to the more gospel-flavored "Answer in the Sky." John also includes "My Elusive Drug," an uplifting homage to his companion David Furnish. He takes it up a notch with "They Call Her the Cat," a sassy horn-and-harmony-driven stylistic sequel to "Honky Cat."
Rolling Stone (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 - "PEACHTREE highlights once again just how soulful John's music can be."
Rolling Stone (p.146) - Included in Rolling Stone's Top 50 Records Of 2004 - "Sir Elton's tuneful talents are still in evidence..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.120) - "His voice and ability to craft canny hooks remain intact." - Grade: B-
Uncut (p.152) - "Enjoy the return to near-top form of Elton, pop's favourite pantomime dame."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[A] collection of uncomfortably honest damaged-goods love songs set in the cold hours of the a.m..."
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