Elton John Inspired by Bob Dylan for ‘The Diving Board’
On September 17, Elton John’s 31st album, The Diving Board, makes its debut in the U.S. Delays and reworks pushed the release back nearly a year, but the singer opened up about it recently to The Independent.
In a recent interview, he talked about how Bob Dylan’s 2006 album Modern Times inspired him: "It floored me, that someone of Dylan's great output could come across and make an album like that at his age, which was for me timeless and sounded so brilliant. I thought, 'Well, if I'm going to make a record again, I've got to make it sort of sounding like that, because that's how I like my records to sound'."
Recording was somewhat different this time around. Not only did producer T-Bone Burnett encourage him to go to a back-to-basics sound, but a good deal of the material had been recorded in single takes. He explained: "A lot of the takes were first takes, and the first track on the album is a solo piano track, which I've never done before. So I'm breaking new ground, and yet I've been playing the bloody piano for so long I didn't think about it, y'know?"
As his 31st overall and 30th solo studio album, The Diving Board is also John’s second to be recorded without band members since 1979. Singles so far have included “Home Again” and “Mexican Vacation.”