Release Date: Nov 9, 2004
Record label: Universal
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Elton John returned to the sound and aesthetic of his classic early-'70s work with 2001's Songs From the West Coast, finding critical acclaim, if not much commercial success. Not that the lack of sales greatly bothered Elton -- in many interviews, including one with Entertainment Weekly the week before Peachtree Road was released in November 2004, he claimed he was "disappointed" that it just barely went gold, but he was tired of making "uneven" records. John wasn't merely doing publicity: Peachtree Road proves that he's back to making good, solid records focused on songs, not hits, the way he did at the outset of his career.
For a reformed character, Elton John's looking troubled. First he called media in Taiwan "vile pigs". Then he indulged in Madonna-baiting. Stranger still, having released a greatest hits album, he has gone country. The Weight of the World, with its rain-splattered intro and slide guitar, sets the ….