”Cheap thrills can get pretty old,” sings Sir Elton in one of many balm-cream ballads that revel in contentment, sobriety, and new-found love. His voice and ability to craft canny hooks remain intact. But some cheap thrills, like crass rock & roll, shouldn’t be abandoned, and Peachtree Road‘s few attempts to rock out are tame and hokey. Even when he’s not writing for family fare soundtracks or musicals, he still sounds like he is.
We gave it a B-