Saturday, November 26, 2011
NEIL DIAMOND / 12 Songs (2005)
Neil’s first album with Rick Rubin as producer is a striped down affair, full of genuine emotion and personal reflection and exploring what it means to be an old time singer/songwriter in the fast paced, hypocritical music scene of today.
Its main focus is Neil’s voice and his acoustic guitar -- there is other orchestration but it’s not in your face. Neil is a performer, he loves that extravagance and to hear him so reserved is a joy. Without a doubt the best album he had made in over a decade. The album after this is even better.
Songs of Note: Delirious Love; Hell Yeah
3½ Beach Boy cameos out of 5