The album could lose some slack: A Good Heart strays towards mush, and I've Got 2 Wings is just a standard country-rock singalong, but no matter – there's always Claw Hammer to bring a deathless chorus and the curveball of some dramatic, synthesised horns playing it out.
After 2013's The Diving Board, equally solid but less spectacular, it feels like Elton's hit a late vein of form. Unexpected maybe, but he's always had it in him. He's just worked out where it is once more.
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