Neil Diamond, Home Before Dark

After 120 million records sold worldwide and decades in the spotlight, Neil Diamond's popularity was in flux -- his tours were always popular but no one was buying his new records.

Neil Diamond, Home Before DarkAfter 120 million records sold worldwide and decades in the spotlight, Neil Diamond's popularity was in flux — his tours were always popular but no one was buying his new records. Enter producer extraordinaire, Rick Rubin who saw a chance to reinvigorate Diamond, the end result of that initial collaboration being 2006's acclaimed 12 Songs. Guess what? The duo are still on a roll. Home Before Dark is a continuation of its predecessor and scored Diamond a #1 hit on the Billboard album charts. Stylistically, Home Before Dark features deep, personal lyrics backed by a tight roots-y, country-pop sound that is at once both old and new. The first single, "Pretty Amazing Grace" is a sing-along about the saving power of love, "Power of Two" is blessed by a repeating pop-melody, and the strongest track on the album "Don’t Go There" sounds like an impromptu backyard jam. Vulnerable, spiritual, and wide-eyed, Home Before Dark is one of Diamond's strongest collection of pop songs.

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