AOTY 2021

The Lockdown Sessions

Elton John - The Lockdown Sessions
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #610 / 666
User Score
Based on 110 ratings
2021 Ratings: #880
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October 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI, Mercury / Label
Pop / Genres
eltonjohn.com / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Mojo

The extremes work better ... be it Cyrus's eyebrow-raisingly raw trawl through Metallica's Nothing Else Matters or the vocal and piano pyrotechnics which course through Young Thug & Nicki Minaj's Always Love You.

80
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.

80
NME

All in all, ‘The Lockdown Sessions’’ all-bets-off stylistic game of spin-the-bottle feels attuned to 2021’s post-genre Spotify world, as Elton continues to further his musical universe.

80
Evening Standard

The music legend spent lockdown making new musical friends — it was well worth the effort.

60
The Arts Desk

While Sir Elton contains multitudes I’m not sure hip-hop is his strongest suit.

60
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.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald

There are sparks in some of these team-ups, but not enough for The Lockdown Sessions to catch fire.

60
Rolling Stone

Even if this project probably won’t give us any fresh entrants into the large canon of classic Elton songs, The Lockdown Sessions is still a glowing testament to his enduring pop gravitas.

60
Uncut

On The Lockdown Sessions, 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, and remarkably a posthumous duet with Glen Campbell on “I’m Not Going To Miss You”, is it matched with real emotional heft.

60
The Observer

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

60
AllMusic

If Elton occasionally recedes from the spotlight, The Lockdown Sessions demonstrates how he remains a powerful presence in pop even when he's in the midst of a farewell tour.

60
Record Collector
It’s almost inevitably a hit-and-miss affair, but when the stars align it results in some intriguing work.
TomBejoy
35
伙计,这个社会信用体系已经失控了。起初,这很有趣。我们认为它永远不会被实施。但你看:现在他们已经把它变成了现实。这几乎比一个全面的君主制还要糟糕。我已经看到有人因为没有正确地升起国旗而被杀。我再也不能忍受了。

我所做的一切就是听K-Pop ???? ... read more
Musicnerdd
50
Midton john: the story of elton being the guest in his own album

Alright alright alright, 2 good songs (especially chosen family), 3 bloody awful songs, some mid tracks and the rest is not even elton john's work. They're just other people's songs with elton john just playing piano, like we get it you can play piano, and sometimes you can't even here the piano like where the hell is elton john in miley cyrus and lil nas' tracks? Also "it's a sin" is just bonnie tyler's holding out ... read more
DonCorleone
23
Oh, Sir Elton, you didn't need this! For Christ's sake!

E-Ticket feat. Eddie Vedder is a fucking Nickelback song HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA D'Fuck?
Z.Younk
10
I never thought an Elton John record could make my ears bleed. He's autotuned, he's remixing his classic hooks or riffs into completely new songs, so terminally over-produced its like listening to two different songs at the same time. You're thinking, one of the Stevie's had to come through for him at the very least. Not even close. Both Nicks's and Wonder's immense talents are buried in the mix and rendered pointless by the horrible compositions and style choices. The rest of these features ... read more
biglasagnayeet
33
If "The Lockdown Sessions" is the greatest testament to Elton John's colourful, successful and widely respected career we can get right now, then we're seriously in some rut. Whilst you could argue that the British veteran is well past his peak and that he hasn't dropped anything fantastic since the 70s, but spineless cash grabs like this push that 'post-peak' status a little too far. Clocking in at 65 minutes, this banal drag only offers us 8 new songs (i.e. half the album) and then ... read more
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Added on: September 1, 2021