LONG WAY DOWN Tom O’Dell (Sony) The BRIT’s critics choice winner, who spent a year of his childhood in New Zealand, is the best kind of everyman songwriter. Somewhere in between the soaring and earthy vocals, where a song such a Hold Me, has Beatlesque influences and throbbing piano flourishes O’Dell shows he has the touch of a classic tunesmith about him on a debut album which is unfashionably accessible, self-aware and confident.
LIKE CLOCKWORK Queens of the Stone Age (Rythmethod) Gorgeously perverse as ever, Josh Homme’s queens for this sixth regal release include the queenliest queen of them all, Elton John.
A leading international children’s charity has warned that Elton John’s desire to adopt a 14-month-old baby boy could lead to more children being abandoned.
Elton John may be famous for smash hits such as "Tiny Dancer" and scores for films such as "The Lion King," but he’s also made a name for himself in HIV/AIDS activism. The singer-songwriter established the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the United States and the United Kingdom to support HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with the disease, and care and support services for people living with the condition.