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4.0 out of 5 stars good easy listening,
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This review is from: Home Before Dark (Audio CD)Always good to hear Neil's voice booming thru the speakers - guy is a legend and this album is solid and embraces all the best sounds of his career. New Songs, same old Neil.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Album, But...,,
This review is from: Home Before Dark (Dlx Ed) (W/Dvd) (Audio CD)I loved this album. I'd have given it 5 stars if not for one problem I had with the DVD. But before I get to that, I want to state for the record (no pun intended) how good this album is. If you loved 12 SONGS, you'll love this one, too. It's that simple. They are done in the same style and Diamond's catchy melodies really work with the expanded band used for this recording. It's pure Diamond. Any Neil Diamond fan knows what I'm talking about. I purchased the version with the bonus tracks and the DVD. As for the bonus tracks the Dylan cover is great the other cover not so much. I don't know if this is due to the fact that both of he bonus tracks are not Diamond compositions so they don't quite gel or what. The Dylan one is very good the other just seems a bit out of place. Perhaps further listenings will correct this.
As for the DVD, it should be great! You get a couple of live performances and a couple of studio performances. My knock against it is that, after the first tune, you can't hear ANY vocals. They are either mixed down to a whisper or were poorly recorded in the first place. On the last tune, The Boxer, they are just gone. You can't hear a word. I thought perhaps my DVD is defective in some way. Has anyone else encountered this problem.
But if you're a Diamond fan and have your eye on the single CD version of the album, then I can't recommend it highly enough. Just be wary of the DVD. It's an exercise in frustration. There's Neil singing his heart out and you can't hear a word!
However the album is one of the best I've heard this year.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond is forever,
This review is from: Home Before Dark (Audio CD)"There are two types of people in the world: those who like Neil Diamond and those who don't." - quote from the movie "What About Bob?"
If you're in the latter category, please read no further.
If you're still with me, this is a "pretty amazing" album from the evergreen Mr. Diamond, taking us back to his music of the seventies, namely the "Song Sung Blue" and "Sweet Caroline" period. There's also no complaining about the length of the album, as there are five songs that are six minutes and above, and only one track below four minutes.
American Idol viewers would have been treated to a live performance of the single "Pretty Amazing Grace", and if you liked that one, you're really going to enjoy this album.
Other recommended tracks are:
If I Don't See You Again - the first song on the album, and the longest at 7 minutes 14 seconds.
Another Day (That Time Forgot) - with Dixie Chick Natalie Maines
Forgotten - lots of guitars
Act Like a Man - a little Moon River, a little Country, pure Diamond
Whose Hands Are These - a folksy, inspiring treasure with heavy guitar and piano backing
No Words - you'll be hooked from the intro (personal favorite)
This is vintage Diamond, and I predict a very good year indeed.
Recommended - just recommended - buy it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling.,
This review is from: Home Before Dark (Audio CD)Powered back to credibility by 2005's "12 Songs", the re-booted Neil Diamond sticks with producer Rick Rubin for this follow-up, and retains Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench on guitar and keyboards. David Campbell's orchestral arrangements sweeten the sparseness, but the core of these 12 songs is still a weather-beaten sixtysomething battling the big questions of love and faith with a foghorn voice and an old acoustic guitar.
"Just go out there and face what you did before / Did it once you can do it once more", Neil Diamond sings on one of the album's many highlights.
Quality control slips occasionally, and guest Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines turns out for the turgid, haunting duet "Another Day (That Time Forgot", but is criminally wasted.
Diamond strikes gold with the album's first single, the Spanish-inflected "Pretty Amazing Grace" and the bluesy "Don't Go There". Diamond cuts deeper lyrically and the production is even simpler, utilizing hard-strummed acoustic guitars to carry the melody and provide percussion.
Simple is often best, such as the beguiling country tune "Act Like a Man" or the garage-band vamp of "Forgotten".
Saga-rock rarely sounded so good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil still has it!,
This review is from: Home Before Dark (Vinyl) (LP Record)I have Neil Diamond albums (vinyl-33 1/3) going back to 1965 and like every one for it's great songs and heartfelt performances. I rarely buy any new vinyl because of my budget but had to have this one after hearing some of the songs like "Pretty Amazing Grace" and "Home Before Dark" on the air.
This album is written, produced, performed and manufactured like music should be. Keep going Neil!
4.0 out of 5 stars Let the words sink in,
This review is from: Home Before Dark (Audio CD)The more I listen, the more I like. The music if beautiful, the lyrics also. You have to listen a few times to really get the feel of it. It's worth while.
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