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The Lockdown Sessions

Elton John

The Lockdown Sessions

Thirty first studio album from the veteran British singer-songwriter features originals and cover songs recorded remotely with Glen Campbell, Miley Cyrus, Gorillaz, Dua Lipa, Nicki Minaj, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Years & Years, and Young Thug and many more

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  1. 8.0 |   NME

    Grounded by lockdown, the superstar – plus guests ranging from Stevie Wonder to Rina Sawayama – takes flight with this genre-hopping delight
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Elton John brings a wildly eclectic set of collaborators together for The Lockdown Sessions. It’s pure 21st-century pop, spiked with John’s vocals and piano
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Probably his most varied album. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The music legend spent lockdown making new musical friends — it was well worth the effort
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Saddling up with comparative youngsters such as Dua Lipa and Nicki Minaj results in awkward numbers a little out-of-step, so it’s left to the late Glen Campbell to close proceedings with grandeur on I’m Not Gonna Miss You
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  6. 7.0 |   A.V. Club

    An album that could have easily come off as a millionaire’s vanity project with his rich mates is actually a surprising, creatively rich endeavour
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  7. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    While Sir Elton contains multitudes I’m not sure hip-hop is his strongest suit
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  8. 6.0 |   Rolling Stone

    ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ features a gaudy guest list, with everyone from Stevie Nicks to Young Thug stopping by for a quick catch-up with Sir Elton
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  9. 6.0 |   The Observer

    This album of collaborations with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Nicki Minaj is by nature disjointed – but fun
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  10. 6.0 |   Uncut

    A rum selection of Zoom collaborations with everyone from Dua Lipa to Lil Nas X, that old keenness is still there, though only on "It's a Sin," his Brits team-up with Olly Alexander. Print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   The FT

    The singer’s break from touring has yielded an eclectic series of collaborations and his first number single since 2005
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  12. 6.0 |   The Independent

    It Sellotapes together 16 collaborations that bounce between genres, and between covers and originals, in a way that risks staking the listener back into 2020’s weirdly scattered and out-of-time mindset
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