Elton John RevampOn this celebration of Elton John and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s most enduring gems, there’s no costume jewellery to be found – but there are several stand-outs.

P!nk and Logic’s impressive R’n’B version of Bennie & the Jets retains those awesomely languid, slapping drum fills; Alessia Cara’s voice is unmistakably up to the task of belting out “time on my hands” in a shuffling I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues; Q-Tip and Demi Lovato turn Don’t Go Breaking My Heart into a lo-fi Leon Bridges-style corker, with rapidly plucked electric guitar and staccato bass; and while seemingly out of the pop and R’n’B vibe of the tracklist, Queens of the Stone Age expertly harness the spacey, psychedelic elements of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and swab them all over an arrangement which bubbles with gold.

But there are two primo cuts: Ed Sheeran’s pure and sensitive voice is the perfect choice for Candle In The Wind (I get the feeling anyone else would have seemed sacrilegious), which uses a murmuring beat and acoustic guitar to lend a Celtic feel; and Lady Gaga absolutely nails Your Song – her round vowels and commanding high notes give the track the muscle and nobility it deserves, alongside delicate harp, strings and piano.

This is a fascinating collection of covers which illuminates why Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s repertoire is so exceptional: the bones of the songs are beautiful, and while they won’t break, they can definitely bend with total charm.

Revamp: Reimagining The Songs Of Elton John & Bernie Taupin is out April 6 via EMI.

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